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Sarah E. Sheldon (Propeller), U115083, aground, 20 Oct 1905

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A telephone message, from Lorain, says a tug succeeded in getting alongside the steamer SHELDON, which is ashore four miles east of that port, for a moment this morning. Five members of the crew jumped from the deck of the SHELDON to the tug. Before the other men could make the leap, the tug was carried away by the tremendous seas. The captain of the tug found it impossible to get near the stranded steamer but put back to Lorain and landed the men he had rescued.
      The tug captain cinfirmed the report that two members of the crew of the SHELDON had jumped overboard when the streamer struck. They were provided with life preservers, but were swept out into the lake and lost. The steamer is now resting on a sandy bottom and is being pounded terrifically by the hugh waves which wash completely over her. Some five or six of the crew still remain on the boat.
      The Cleveland Life saving crew left with a surf boat this morning for the scene of the wreck and it is thought they will be able to rescue the men remaining on the vessel.
      The SHELDON was loaded with coal for Detroit River, and she left here late last evening. She was caught in a heavy gale and is thought became unmanageable as a result of a broken rudder. The boat struck on the rocks four miles east of Lorain and began to go to pieces. The SHELDON is a wooden vessel, built in 1875, and is owned here.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 20, 1905

steam screw SARAH E. SHELDON. U. S. No. 115083. Of 693 tons gross; 517 tons net. Built Black River, Ohio, 1872. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 184.1 x 32.4 x 13.8 Freight service. Crew of 19. Of 570 indicated horsepower
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1904
steam screw SARAH E. SHELDON. U. S. No. 115083. Of 693 tons gross. Built 1872. On October 20, 1905, vessel stranded off Lorain, Ohio. With 14 persons on board. Two lives lost.
      Loss of American Vessels reported During the Fiscal year, 1906

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Reason: aground
Lives: 2
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.45282 Longitude: -82.18237
William R. McNeil
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Sarah E. Sheldon (Propeller), U115083, aground, 20 Oct 1905