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Wocoken (Propeller), U80778, sunk, 14 Oct 1893


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FOURTEEN DROWNED OFF PORT ROWAN.
      Barge WOCOKEN, Coal Laden, Goes Down - Only Three Survivors.
Port Rowan, Ont., Oct 16. - The barge WOCOKEN of Cleveland foundered here during the storm Saturday evening. The vessel was loaded with coal and bound down. Only three persons were saved and fourteen others lost. Those taken from the rigging by the life boat are J. P. Sapp, J.A. Price of Cleveland and Robert Crowding of Delaware.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Monday, October 16, 1893 p.1, c.3

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      FOURTEEN PERSONS DROWNED.
      Port Rowan, Ont., Oct. 17. - The barge WOCOKEN of Cleveland, foundered here during the storm. Only three persons were saved and 14 were lost.
The WOCOKEN was built in Cleveland in 1890 [sic] and was considered a staunch craft. She was owned by John Mitchell of Cleveland. Port Rowan is on the northern shore of Lake Erie, near Long Point, which the WOCOKEN was evidently trying to make for shelter when she went down. The boat left Erie Friday morning for the upper lakes. On board the ill-fated craft was Capt. Aneswald and wife, Engineer M. Hernkelmann and First Mate D.M. Jones. The name of the Second Mate, Second Engineer and crew unknown as yet. The WOCOKEN was coal laden and headed for Milwaukee. She was insured for $50,000.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Tuesday, October 17, 1893 p.4, c.1

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The steamer WOCOKEN foundered in just 10 fathoms of water outside the Cut just above Long Point and lost 13 of her crew. Three were saved. She was bound from Ashtabula to Duluth with coal. She was owned by John Mitchell of Cleveland. Most of the crew were from Marine City,
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, October 17, 1893
     
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Steamer WOCOKEN stranded Lake Erie, October 14, 1893. Value $64,000. Owned by Mitchell & Co. of Cleveland. Gross Tons Capacity 2,000.
      List of Total Losses, 1893
      Marine Review
      December 14, 1893

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      A WOCOKEN VICTIM.
      The body of Matthew Hasker, second engineer of the steamer WOCOKEN, which was lost during the late big storm in 10 fathoms of water off Long Point, was picked up in the lake near Windmill Point by the crew of the steamer MILWAUKEE yesterday.
      It was brought here and taken to the Morgue. Around the body were two life preservers, bearing the name of the boat.
The WOCOKEN had left Erie and headed up the lake, intending to put into Long Point for shelter, but she foundered and 13 persons were drowned, including Captain Mitchell, of Cleveland.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Thursday, October 19, 1893 p.1, c.5

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      LAKE ERIE'S VICTIMS.
      Erie, Pa., Oct. 21. - The third day's search for the bodies of the victims of the steamer WOCOKEN, off Long Point, resulted yeaterday in the recovery of the bodies of Capt. Meswald, the master of the vessel, and that of his seaman, Wilhelm Pocek of Ashtabula. The bodies were found in their life preservers 10 miles off Long Point. Capt. Mitchell will continue the search for the body of his sister, the wife of Capt. Meswald, and the other 10 victims.
      Buffalo [Sunday Morning] News
      Sunday, October 22, 1893 p.1, c.7

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The body of another victim of the ill-fated steamer WOCOKEN, which foundered off Long Point on Oct. 14, drifted ashore yesterday, and was found at the foot of Austin street.
      Papers found in the pockets of the victim indicated that he was Edmund C. Eldridge of the crew of the WOCOKEN. The body was badly decomposed.
      Coroner Tucker sent the papers to Cleveland to see if the owners of the WOCOKEN can identify them. The body was taken to the Morgue.
      The following telegram was received by Coroner Tucker this morning:
" Ship body found, which is that of Edward C. Eldridge, to St. Clair, Mich., immediately. We notified his father who will look for him. Please write me fully.
      "John Mitchell"
      The body will be shipped at midnight in a sealed casket.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Friday, November 24, 1893 p1, c.1

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Steam screw WOCOKEN. U. S. No. 80778. oF 1,400.37 Tons Gross; 1,179.10 TONS nET. Built at Cleveland, Ohio in 1870. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 251.6 x 37.2 x 18.5 Of 1,261 nominal horse power.
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1891
     


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Reason: sunk
Lives: 14
Hull damage: $64,000
Cargo: inc
Freight: coal
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1893
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McN.W.17392
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.6168 Longitude: -80.46638
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Wocoken (Propeller), U80778, sunk, 14 Oct 1893