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Cape Horn (Schooner), U4345, sunk by collision, 9 May 1873


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The iron prop. JAVA bound from the upper lake ports for Buffalo, collided with the schr. CAPE HORN, while off Long Pt. The CAPE HORN was bound up light. She immediately filled with water and fell over on her side. The woman cook, named Esther Jacob, was drowned. She belonged in Toledo and was about 21 years old. When the collision occurred the crew jumped on board the JAVA, except the captain, who got jammed aft by the collision. When he got clear he got the cook upon the wales of the propelller, holding on to the chains. The mate of the propeller got down and got a line around her, when the propeller backed off letting the fore gaft of the schooner strike her, knocking her off into the water and she was drowned. The captain ran aft and got into the yawl boat, which was full of water, and remained there until picked up. The crew was brought here by the JAVA. The CAPE HORN was owned by Capt. Ben Eyster, of Chicago. She was 214 tons register, and built at Huron, Ohio, 1857; class B1; valued at $7,000.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 10, 1873 3-5

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      Buffalo, May 10 - The propeller JAVA from the Upper Lakes collided with the schr. CAPE HORN off Long Point, Lake Erie. The schooner sank. The cook, Esther Jacobs, was drowned. The CAPE HORN was owned in Chicago.
      The Toronto Mail
      Friday, May 12, 1873

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THE CAPE HORN. - Capt. Ben. Eyster and crew with Capt. Fortier, representing the underwriters, went Saturday night to the CAPE HORN with the tug FRANK PEREW. They found her sunk with her bow on the bottom, in eighty feet of water.
Her stern pointing upward at an angle of forty-five degrees, being well under water and the mainmast gone. The PEREW towed and dragged her into forty feet of water, about one and one-half miles from shore, four miles above Long Point Light; they could not move her any further. They saved part of the sails and some blocks and a small portion of her running gear, and returned to Buffalo yesterday morning at 5 o'clock. Further efforts may be made to save her.
      Buffalo Evening Post
      Tuesday, May 13, 1873

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The schooner CAPE HORN Friday night collided with the propeller JAVA off Long Point. The schooner immediately sank, the cook being lost.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, May 13, 1873

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      THE CAPE HORN MARINE. - Tug MAYTHAM at work on the CAPE HORN, succeeded in towing her in shore about a mile from the depth of 42 feet to that of 36 feet. The vessels anchor dragged and caught. Being out of fuel the MAYTHAM went to Erie for a supply. It is possible the tug PEREW which arrived at Erie in 12 hours with her tow of 3 vessels, would go and assist the MAYTHAM on the CAPE HORN.
LATER - Tugs PEREW and MAYTHAM succeeded in towing the CAPE HORN to a safe place under Long Point and returned to this port this morning.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 17, 1873

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      Schr. CAPE HORN, 214 tons. Owned in Chicago by B. Lyster. Bound from Buffalo to Chicago in May 1873, vessel was sunk by collision off Long Point, Lake Erie, a total loss with the loss of one life. Loss to ship $10,000; loss to cargo $5,000. Insurance on ship $7,500; insurance on cargo $3,000.
      Marine Casualties of the Great Lakes
      1863 to 1873 Report of U.S. Coast Guard

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CAPE HORN ARRIVED - The tug MAYTHAM towed the CAPE HORN into port yesterday morning. She was full of water and could not be docked until raised further out of water, she was taken back to the Erie Basin and will there have the holes better caulked up so she can be pumped out. A hole was made in her starboard side some 4 feet by 8 feet, and that side was badly sprung. She is a very hard looking wreck.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 21, 1873

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WRECK SOLD. - The wreck of the schooner CAPE HORN has been sold to the Underwriters for $3,500, as she lays.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 16, 1873

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      Judge Blodgett yesterday decided the case of Benjamin Eyster and others, owners of the schooner CAPE HORN, against the propeller JAVA. On the 9th of May, 1873, a collision took place between the schooner CAPE HORN and the propeller off Long Point, Lake Erie. The schooner was struck amidships, and, going to the bottom almost immediately, proved a total loss. The owners of the sailing vessel alleged that the accident was due to the carelessness of the master of the JAVA, and that her owners were liable for the damages sustained. On the other hand, the owners of the JAVA said there was a heavy fog at the time, and that the propeller was, therefore, not liable. The court held that the collision was through the fault of the propeller, and directed Commissioner Proudfoot to take evidence relating to the amount of damage, and libel the propeller for the amount when it is ascertained.
      Cleveland Herald
      May 10, 1877


Schooner CAPE HORN. U. S. No. 4345. Of 202.93 tons gross; 192.79 tons net. Built Huron, O., 1857. Home port, Grand Haven, Mich. 121.4 x 215.4 x 9.7
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891
     
     


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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: 1
Remarks: Raised
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1873
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McN.W.15047
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English
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.555833 Longitude: -80.197222
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William R. McNeil
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Cape Horn (Schooner), U4345, sunk by collision, 9 May 1873