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David Stewart (Schooner), U6144, sunk, 6 Oct 1893

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Leamington, Oct. 7 - All day yesterday two schooners were anchored off the west side of Point Pelee, trying to weather the terrible gale that blew over Lake Erie. When night came they hung out their lights as usual.
      At 11:00 the lights suddenly disappeared. This morning at daybreak one of the schooners, the DAVID STEWART, was discovered sunk within 250 yards off shore with 5 men and 1 woman clinging to the rigging. Great waves were rushing over the rigging and threatening every moment to wash away the survivors of the wreck. A mile and a half out the mast of the other schooner could be seen, and the strongest glasses failed to show any appearance of life in the rigging. The name of the boat cannot be ascertained.
      The schr. DAVID STEWART sunk off Point Pelee last night, registers 518 tons and was built at Cleveland and is owned by Peck of Marine City.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      October 7, 1893 7-4

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The schooner DAVID STEWART has been abandoned to the Underwriters. She is rapidly breaking up.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, October 10, 1893
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      Schooner DAVID STEWART foundered in a heavy southwest gale on Lake Erie and became a total loss October 6, 1893. The crew suffered much hardship in the rigging for fourteen hours before their rescue was effected by the fishing tug LOUISE, from Sandusky. Estimated value of vessel and cargo $18,000.
      U.S. Weather Bureau's Report on Wrecks
      Occurring on Lake Erie, 1885 to 1893

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      Schooner DAVID STEWART. U. S. No. 6144. Of 545.41 tons gross; 518.14 tons net. Built at Cleveland, Ohio in 1867. Home port, Port Huron. 171.1 x 31.2 x 13.4
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1891

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 41.908055 Longitude: -82.508888
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David Stewart (Schooner), U6144, sunk, 6 Oct 1893