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Samuel P. Ely (Schooner), U23780, aground, 31 Oct 1896


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Two Harbors, Oct. 30 - The schr. S. P. ELY was totally wrecked on the breakwater here early this morning. Her crew, which took to the rigging, was finally rescued by the tug ELLA G. STONE, before the arrival of the Life Saving crew from Duluth. The ELY arrived at 5:00 yesterday afternoon in tow of the stmr. HESPER. The wind was then blowing 50 miles an hour from the northeast. As soon as the steamer cast off the tow line she fell into the trough of the sea and dragged both anchors. The line from the tug parted and the Schooner drifted against the north side of the west breakwater. During the night the storm increased in violence and the schooner pounding against the breakwater until she filled and sank, going down in 25 ft. of water. The crew took to the rigging and held on for several hours, until the STONE succeeded in reaching her. They suffered considerably from exposure. The schooner is evidently broken in two abaft the mainmast and is a total loss.
It has been the hardest storm on record here, the wind reaching a velocity of 60 miles an hour at midnight and the seas running extremely high. The Duluth Lifesavers were telegraphed for, but did not arrive in time. The ELY is owned by Bradly of Cleveland.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      October 31, 1896 3-2


The schooner S.P. ELY was totally wrecked on the breakwater at Two Harbors Friday. Her crew was rescued by the tug ELLA G. STONE.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, October 31, 1896
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Schooner SAMUEL P. ELY. U. S. No. 23780. Of 627.24 tons gross; 595.88 tons net. Built Detroit, Mich., 1869. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 200.0 x 31.6 x 13.8
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891


RIG: Schooner
OFFICIAL NO: 23780
SIGNAL LETTERS:
LOA: 200.0
BEAM: 31.0
DEPTH: 13.0
GROSS: 627.74 (1870; 1871; 1872); 627.24 (1873; 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878; 1879; 1880; 1880-81;
1882); 595.88 (1883); 627.24 (1884; 1885
NET: 595.85 (1884; 1885
YEAR BUILT: 1869
STATE: MI
CITY: Detroit
HOME PORT: Buffalo, NY (1870; 1871; 1872; 1873); Cleveland, OH (1875; 1876; 1877; 1878; 1879; 1880;
1880-81; 1882; 1883; 1884; 1885
YEARS LISTED: 1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878; 1879; 1880; 1880-81; 1882; 1883; 1884;
1885
NOTES:
      Mvus, 1866 to 1885


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Notes:
Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1896
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Local identifier:
McN.W.15345
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Minnesota, United States
    Latitude: 47.02271 Longitude: -91.67073
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Samuel P. Ely (Schooner), U23780, aground, 31 Oct 1896