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Kingfisher (Schooner), U14032, aground, 10 Oct 1905

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Cleveland, Oct. 12. - The old schooner KINGFISHER, which was unloading lumber at the Kraus dock at Watson street, three miles east of the harbor, broke away in the storm Tuesday night and went on the beach. A heavy sea was running today and tugs could render no assistance. The boat is full of water.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 12, 1905

      . . . . .
      Eleven Vessels Completely Destroyed and Twelve or More Damaged -- Worse News Expected.
Chicago, Oct. 21. - - The storm which Thursday night and yesterday swept over Northern Michigan, Lake Huron and lake Erie was one of the most severe in recent years. As far as returns are obtainable 10 vessels have been completely wrecked and 12 to 15 others more or less severely damaged.
      Twelve lives are known to have been lost, and as the gale on Southern lake Huron and Lake Erie is still blowing fiercely it is feared other losses both of life and property, will be reported within the next 24 hours.
      The boats lost follow:
      Tug FRANK PERRY, sunk off Boot Island, in the Cheneaux group.
      Steamer JOSEPH S. FAY, run ashore near Rogers City, Mich., and broken to pieces by the waves. Mate Joseph Svze was drowned. The boat is owned by M.A. radley of Cleveland.
      Barge D.P. RHOADES in tow of the steamer J.S. FAY, driven ashore near Cheboygan, Mich.
      Schooner EMMA L. NEILSON, stranded in Presque Isle harbor; boat badly damaged, but crew was saved.
      Schooner MINNEHAHA, foundered 2½ miles off Harbor Beach in Lake Huron early yesterday, carried down entire crew of eight men.
      Schooner MAUTENEE, ashore 18 miles west of Erie, Pa.
      Schooner supposed to be either the TASMANIA or ASHLAND of the Corrigan fleet, sunk 2½ miles southwest of the Southeast Shoal Lightship on Lake Erie, carried a crew of eight men of whom nothing is known. [later it was ascertained that the vessel must have been the TASMANIA.]
      Steamer SARAH E. SHELDON, beached and wrecked near Lorain, Ohio.
      Schooner KING FISHER, beaten to pieces off Cleveland.
      Tug WALTER METCALF, sunk near breakwater light, Cleveland.
      Buffalo Evening News [part]
      Oct. 21, 1905
NOTE:-- Schooner KING FISHER, beaten to pieces off Cleveland. Obviously the KINGFISHER was not got off in time from her Oct. 12, accident.

Schooner KINGFISHER. U.S. No. 14032. Of 517 tons gross. Built 1867. Stranded October 5, 1905 at Cleveland, Ohio. With six person on board, no lives were lost.
      Loss of American Vessels During Fiscal year 1906
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1906
Schooner KINGFISHER. U. S. No. 14032. Of 517 tons gross; 491 tons net. Built Cleveland, Ohio, 1867. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 165.6 x 32.3 x 12.6 Crew of 6
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1904

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
William R. McNeil
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Kingfisher (Schooner), U14032, aground, 10 Oct 1905