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Rosa Sonsmith (Schooner), U110517, aground, 5 Nov 1900

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Cleveland, November 6 - Agents for the schr. SONSMITH, which went ashore at Ashtabula yesterday, are advised that the wrecked boat drifted into the rocks in such a position that she has broken in two and is undoubtably a total loss. The SONSMITH was built in 1882 and measured 766 tons. She was owned by L.P. Mason, of Saginaw, Mich.
The name of the SONSMITH's master was Charles Sonsmith, and not John Goldsmith as the first dispatches had it. The Ashtabula life-saving crew made two heroic but unsuccessful efforts to reach the craft, and the tug KINKLE BROTHERS finally did the job. The great seas washed over the doomed vessel several times a minute, and the crew of 9 were throughly soaked, chilled and exhausted before help finally came. Through L.P. Mason, of Saginaw, is reported to be the owner, her master also owned a part, and his son Frank Sonsmith, was his first mate.
If the SONSMITH had 1,600 tons of ore aboard, as the despatches state, she was certainly overloaded heavily. She was 18 years old, classed A 2 and had no insurance.
This craft, the NELLIE MASON and the MATTIE C. BELL came out the same year. They were practically duplicated in style of build and equipment, and were built as consorts for the prop. C.H. GREEN. The tow carried grain, ore and coal and was a money-maker for many years. The GREEN being a good towing steamer and freight rates being high during the first 10 years of their exsistence. The BELL was wrecked several years ago, and the others have changed ownership several times, excepting the SONSMITH, which was the last vessel owned by Lucius P. Mason, the original owner of the tow.
Ashtabula, November 6 - The schr. ROSA SONSMITH, which went on the beach last night, is probably a total wreck .
      Detroit Free Press
      November 7, 1900

The schooner ROSA SONSMITH which went on the beach near Ashtabula Monday night is a total wreck. The keel is broken in two amidships. The crew is safe. She had 1,600 tons of iron ore on board.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, November 7, 1900
Schooner barge ROSA SONSMITH. U. S. No. 110517. Built East Saginaw, Mich., 1882
      Herman Runge List

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: ore
Remarks: Total loss ?
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.86505 Longitude: -80.78981
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Rosa Sonsmith (Schooner), U110517, aground, 5 Nov 1900