The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kate Norton (Schooner), sunk, 3 Nov 1863

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      From Capt. E.P. Dorr we learn of the supposed total loss by foundering of the schr. KATE NORTON. She was 206 tons burthen, built in 1863 at Milan, owned by Alfred Minnet, of Milan, and loaded and sailed from Toledo last Thursday, bound for Buffalo, and loaded with 10,000 bushels of oats in the hold, and a heavy deck load of black walnut gun stocks. She has not arrived, and from the statements of the two Captains below, there is but little doubt she has foundered with a total loss of vessel, cargo and all hands. We subjoin the statements of Capt. Andrews and July:
      Capt. John L. Andrews, of Detroit, master of the schr. DAN MARBLE, passed through a lot of gun stocks and a boat bottom upwards about 15 or 18 miles above Long pt., on Sunday morning at 3:00 on Nov. 1. They were spread over a space of 2 or 3 miles long. We thought we saw a vessel's hatches.
      Capt. Peter July, master of the brig MAYFLOWER, passed on Sunday, at 4 P.M., 8 miles above Long pt., and about 8 miles in the lake, a large lot of gun stocks and hatches of a vessel and a lot of stools, and he picked up the provision chest, all of which are supposed to have belonged to the schr. KATE NORTON.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 4, 1863 3-3

      The schooner KATE NORTON, from Toledo for Buffalo, laden with 10,000 bushels
of oats in the hold, and a deck load of gun stocks, is supposed to have
foundered on the passage, as large quantities of gun stocks were seen afloat on
the capes.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Thursday, November 5, 1863

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 8
Freight: oats, gun stocks
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.454166 Longitude: -81.121388
William R. McNeil
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Kate Norton (Schooner), sunk, 3 Nov 1863