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Smith & Post (Schooner), U23527, fire, 7 Aug 1901

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The old schooner, SMITH & POST, acting as a light-ship on the southeast shoal of Point au Pelee passage, was burned to the water's edge and sank out of sight on Wednesday morning. The fire is supposed to have started in the vicinity of the boilers. The crew, consisting of Thomas Wilson, keeper, his son Norval Wilson, and William Roach, were rescued by the Anchor line steamer CODORUS and taken to Cleveland. The SMITH & POST was chartered by the Lake Carriers' Association early in the summer and converted, by the addition of a boiler, whistles and lamps into a light-ship. She was towed to her station about six weeks ago. replacing a gas buoy which formerly marked the shoal. The schooner was built at Oakville, Ont., m 1866 and was 117 ft. long, 25 ft. beam and 11 ft. Deep. She was owned by H.C. Doville and others.
      Marine Review
      August 8, 1901
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Schooner SMITH & POST, of 212 tons, burned on Lake Erie August 7, 1901. Total loss. Property loss $2,500.
      Casualty List for 1901
      Marine Record, December 26, 1901

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SMITH & POST, Schooner (lightship). Sunk at Southeast Shoal, to be dynamited and cleared to the four fathoms depth.
      Marine Record
      August 29, 1901

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Detroit, August 29. - Capt. Jack Quinn went to the burned wreck of the SMITH & POST at Southeast Shoal, Lake Erie, today, to blow it up with dynamite. He gets $400 on the job.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      August 30, 1901 2-4
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      The lightship KEWAUNEE will take the place of the lost SMITH & POST at Southeast Shoal, in Lake Erie. - (condensed)
      Marine Record
      September 19, 1901

Schooner SMITH & POST. U. S. No. 23527. Of 212 tons gross; 201 tons net. Built At Oakville, Ont., by Potter in 1866. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 117.0 x 25.0 x 11.0 Owned by Jos. Doville
      Great Lakes Register, 1900

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $2,500
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 41.843611 Longitude: -82.466111
William R. McNeil
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Smith & Post (Schooner), U23527, fire, 7 Aug 1901