The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
William Crosthwaite (Schooner), U80344, dismasted, 13 May 1883

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Buffalo, N.Y., May 12. -- Mr. John Kelderhouse received a telegram from Conneaut announcing the dismasting of the schooner W.S. CROSTHWAITE off that port Thursday evening, during a heavy squall, and asking that a tug be sent to tow her to Buffalo. No particulars were given as to the extent of the injuries. The tug ANNA P. DORR went to her assistance last night. The CROSTHWAITE is owned by Mr. Kerderhouse and Captain McIlvee, her commander, and as your correspondent understands, insured in some of the companies represented here by Captain Lorenzo Dimmick.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, May 1883

      The dismasted schr. W.S. CROSTHWAITE, from Chicago for this port, with flax seed, was towed in yesterday morning by the tug DORR. While off Conneaut a sudden veering of the wind snapped off her mainmast a short distance below the head, carrying away the cross tree of the foremast, and springing the mizzen mast. All her sails, except the square sail are ruined. It will take about $2,000 to repair damages.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 14, 1883 3-8

Schooner W.S. CROSTHWAITE. U. S. No. 80344. Of 673.20 tons gross; 639.54 tons net. Built East Saginaw, Mich., 1873. Home port, Sandusky, O. 197.0 x 34.0 x 13.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Reason: dismasted
Lives: nil
Freight: flax seed
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.94756 Longitude: -80.55424
William R. McNeil
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William Crosthwaite (Schooner), U80344, dismasted, 13 May 1883