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Thomas Parsons (Schooner), U14666, sunk, 29 Sep 1891

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The barge THOMAS PARSONS, owned and commanded by John Mullen of Buffalo, sprang a leak off Fairport yesterday and went down in deep water. The crew made their way ashore. Particulars at this writing are wanting. She was insured buy the amount in not known. The PARSONS loaded 675 tons of coal here last Monday (9/21) for Green Bay and waited some days for a tow, but failing to get one, set out under sail. She was built at Charlotte in 1868, measured 332 tons, rated B 1 and was valued at $4,500.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      September 29, 1891 7-3

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The insurance on the lost schooner THOMAS PARSONS was $3,500, placed in Chicago.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      September 30, 1891 7-3

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      Wrecks and Heavy Losses.
The schooner THOMAS PARSONS sprung a leak and sunk 12 2 miles off Fairport, Lake Erie, Monday morning. She was bound up from Ashtabula with coal. The crew was saved, and Capt. C.E. Benham of Cleveland will try to raise the boat. The PARSONS, was built at Charlotte is 1868, measured 332 tons rated B1 ½, was valued at about $5,000, and was owned and sailed by Capt. John Mullens of Buffalo. She is insured for $3,500. It is not probable that she will be raised.
      Marine Review
      October 1, 1891
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Cleveland, Oct. 1. - Capt. C.E. Benham returned from the schr. PARSONS on the bottom off Fairport last night. He found her in 54 ft. of water. Some one had run through her and carried away her foremast and bowsprit. She is in bad shape.
      Buffalo Morming Express
      October 2, 1891 7-3

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      The PARSONS to Be Abandoned.
CLEVELAND, Oct. 2.-- Capt. C. E. Benham has made a visit to the barge THOMAS PARSONS, sunk off Fairport. He locates the wreck at 19 miles northeast by north from Cleveland. He does not think it worth while to try to raise the hull, and says there is nothing worth stripping from her unless it is the capstan, anchor, anchor chains and lines. The mainmast was still standing when he visited her, but the foremust was broken in two pieces and was floating near, being attached to the mainmast by a wire. The bowsprit, foreboom and foregaff were also floating about, though still attached to the wreck. The foresail was not to be seen. The wreck bore evidences that some vessel had run through her, breaking her spars as stated. The PARSONS will probably upon his advice be abandoned.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Friday, October 2, 1891
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Racine, Oct. 10 - The NASHUA arrived at her destination, Racine, but with only one of the three barges she had in tow when she left Buffalo. She started with the NEWSBOY, PARSONS and WM. YOUNG in tow. The PARSONS foundered off Fairport and the YOUNG in the Straits. The canvas and the rigging of the YOUNG were saved. Capt. Miller of the NASHUA, reports it a terrible trip all around.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      October 11, 1891 2-1

Schooner THOMAS PARSONS. U. S. No. 14666. Of 350.00 gross tons; 332.50 tons net. Built Charlotte, N.Y., 1868. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 135.0 x 26.0 x 13.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891

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Freight: coal
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    Latitude: 41.75004 Longitude: -81.27399
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Thomas Parsons (Schooner), U14666, sunk, 29 Sep 1891