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H. C. Winslow (Schooner), U11200, sunk, 29 Jul 1903

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The last of the once mighty lumber carriers on the Great Lakes, the schooner WINSLOW, sank in the Chicago River yesterday morning. The vessel was deserted a long time ago and will be dragged out in the lake by the city authorities and allowed to sink.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Thursday, July 30, 1903

Chicago, June 25 - When two tugs employed by the city to take the old schr. H.C. WINSLOW out into the lake and sink her, attempted to carry out their contract yesterday, the old craft balked directly in the channel between Clark and Dearborn St. bridges and settled to the bottom, effectively blocking navigation through the south draws of those bridges.
It will probably be necessary to repair the old hulk sufficiently to allow it to be pumped out before its last voyage can be made. For many years the WINSLOW has laid on the bottom close to the dock at Clark St. bridge, finally becoming such a nuisance that her removal was ordered by the city.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      June 26, 1905 3-1

Chicago, June 28 - Several charges of dynamite were used on the hulk of the old schr. H.C. WINSLOW which sank in the river a few days ago between Clark and Dearborn St. bridges, and has since obstructed navigation on the south side of the river. Buildings on the dock line were severely shaken by the explosions, and some pieces of the hull were broken off, but it was announced tonight that there is still consideable work to be done before the channel is cleared.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      June 29, 1905 11-1

The old schooner H.C. WINSLOW, which sank in the Chicago River while being towed out into Lake Michigan to be destroyed, was dynamited yesterday with only partial success.
      Buffalo Evening News
      June 29, 1905

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      The larger portion of the old schooner WINSLOW, which partially blocks the Chicago River between the Clark and Dearborn Street bridges, has been blown off by dynamite and a large force of men is now engaged in removing the balance.
      Buffalo Evening News
      July 1, 1905

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      The old steamer (sic) H.C. WINSLOW, which sank in Chicago River near the Dearborn Street bridge two weeks ago, and which has continued ever since to be menace to passing vessels, has finally been broken up.
      Buffalo Evening News
      July 13, 1905

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Schooner H.C. WINSLOW. U. S. No. 11200. Of 252.02 tons. Home port Detroit, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871

      Schooner H.C. WINSLOW, U.S. No. 11200, of 252 tons gross, 239 tons net. Built at Black River, Ohio, in 1853, Home port, Chicago. 137.7 x 25.8 x 10.2.
      List of Merchant Vessels of
      the United States, 1899

NOTE. - the 1899 List is the last one in which the H.C. WINSLOW is entered.


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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
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H. C. Winslow (Schooner), U11200, sunk, 29 Jul 1903