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Pelican (Schooner), U20415, sunk, 18 May 1893

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Schr. PELICAN, foundered Ashtabula May 18, 1893. Valued at $12,000. Owned by Lakewood Transport Co. Cleveland.
      Casualty List, 1893 (Total Losses)
      Marine Review
      December 14, 1893

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Ashtabula, O., May 17. -- The schooner PELICAN foundered off this port last night. Three of her crew of seven men were drowned. The lost are: Peter Nelson, first mate, of Cleveland; John Erickson, sailor, of Cleveland; John E. Knight, sailor, of Cleveland.
      The steamer KETCHUM and the PELICAN, with ore from Escanaba, arrived off this port yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock, but on account of the gale and heavy seas preferred to remain at anchor outside than risk entering the piers. In the night the hatches of the PELICAN became loosened and the water began to pour into her hold. Signals of distress brought the tug SUNOL to her aid, but only one man was taken off before she went down. Three more were afterwards picked up.
      The other three were lost before aid could reach them. Capt Grey of the PELICAN had his right hand badly crushed, Capt. Elliott of the rescuers, had an arm hurt.
      The wreck lies in 45 feet of water half a mile from the end of the pier. The PELICAN was owned by Capt. William Mack of Cleveland, who sails the KETCHUM. She was fully insured.
      Cleveland, May 17. -- The schooner PELICAN which foundered at Ashtabula last night, will probably not be raised. The hull is insured with Smith, Davis & Co. of Buffalo for $12,500, divided as follows: Orient, %5,500; Security, $5,000; Greenwich, $1,000; St. Paul, $1,000.
      The companies represented by C. A. Macdonald & Company of Chicago had $5,794 on her cargo of 1,484 tons of Lake Angeline Hematite ore, which is a great loss to shippers on account of the demand for immediate use of ore of this special kind. The freight list was insured for $1,000, but it is not probable that the owners are anything ahead on account of the disaster, as they paid $12,000 for the boat last fall and did some repair work on her.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Wednesday, May 17, 1893
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      A farmer living near the shore 4 miles below Ashtabula, reports that a portion of the PELICAN's stern, bearing the name, some wreckage of the yawl boat and several bundles of clothing have drifted ashore opposite his farm. The beach is being patrolled for the bodies of the 3 sailors who were drowned in the wreck, but it is thought that they will not be found as they are probably entangled in the wreck.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 23, 1893 3-4

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      Diver Thomas Isabel with his crew have returned to Ashtabula and will in a few days resume the work of getting stuff out of the PELICAN wreck. They will first strip what is left of the hull and will then take out the ore with a sand pump.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      March 22, 1894 7-4

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The schr. PELICAN which foundered off Ashtabula a year ago has been stripped
      Buffalo Enquirer
      April 20, 1894 7-5
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      The wrecking crew today completed the work of stripping the schr. PELICAN, which foundered off Ashtabula a year ago.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 20, 1894 3-5

Schooner Barge PELICAN. U. S. No. 20415. Of 813 tons. Built Detroit, Mich., 1872 by J.P. Clark. 3 masts. Owned by Winslow and towed by stmr. EGYPTIAN. 204.9 x 34.9 x 13.5. PELICAN foundered in Lake ErieMay 16, 1893 with the loss of 3 lives.
      Herman Runge List.

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    Latitude: 41.86505 Longitude: -80.78981
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Pelican (Schooner), U20415, sunk, 18 May 1893