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Sophia Minch (Schooner), U115166, aground, 15 Jul 1899

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Ashtabula, May 11 - Another attempt will be made to rescue the schooner SOPHIA MINCH, which wintered on the beach 5 miles west of here. Capt. James Reid with the wrecking tug PROTECTOR is expected tonight and operations will be started at once.
Several ineffectual attempts were made last year to get the MINCH into deep water.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      May 12, 1900 3-3

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Ashtabula, Ohio, July 23. -- The stranded schooner SOPHIA MINCH was released from the beach today and will be towed to Cleveland at once to go into drydock. The MINCH has been on the sand a full year, and several ineffectual attempts have been made to get her into deep water. Capt. James Reid, with the wrecking tug SALVOR, has finally accomplished the release of the vessel. She is owned by Miles Barry of Chicago, who has spent several thousand dollars in wrecking operations. The SOPHIA MINCH was the property of the Minch Transit Company, and was bought by Captain Barry after she went ashore.
      Milwaukee Library Scrapbook
      July 29, 1900
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      The schooner SOPHIA MINCH which was on the beach at Ashtabula for over a year was placed in dry dock at Cleveland Tuesday. She was found to be in very good condition. Her bottom did not suffer much and repairs on her will be completed in a few days. She will get a new rudder and a new stern post, as well as a few bottom planks and will be recalked all over. The MINCH will tow with Capt. Miles Barry's steamer GORDON CAMPBELL in the ore and coal trades.
      Marine Review
      July 26, 1900
Schooner SOPHIA MINCH. U. S. No. 115166. Of 635.57 tons gross; 603.80 tons net. Built Vermillion, O., 1873. Home port, Cleveland, O. 184.0 x 33.0 x 13.0.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Reason: aground
Hull damage: $1,150
Cargo: $8,000
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.86505 Longitude: -80.78981
William R. McNeil
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Sophia Minch (Schooner), U115166, aground, 15 Jul 1899