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George M. Case (Schooner), U85386, sunk, 14 Oct 1886

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The schooner GEORGE M. CASE was lost at Port Colborne yesterday, with the captain, cook and one of the crew.
      Toronto Globe
      Friday, October 15, 1886

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      The schooner GEORGE M. CASE of Chicago, foundered in Lake Erie, about six miles from Port Colborne. She was laden with 23,000 bushels of corn. The tug W.A. MOORE was in sight of the vessel when she went down and immediately hurried forward, Mate John Prendergast and Seaman Chas. Patterson, C. McCarty and Ole Uysted were saved. Those drowned are Captain Daily, sailor O'Green and a woman cook, whose name is not known. The vessel sank in about seven fathoms of water she registered 237 tons and was owned by Captain McDonald of Chicago. Valued at $60,000.
      Toronto Telegram
      Friday, October 15, 1886

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      Port Colburn [sic], Ontario, Oct. 14, 1886. - An Unknown schooner, supposed to be a three masted vessel, was foundered three miles off this port this afternoon. The tug ROOT started immediately to pick up the crew. A heavy gale was blowing from the Southwest at the time.
      The tug ROOT reports the foundered vessel was the schooner GEORGE M. CASE, Captain Cook commanding, grain laden, bound from Chicago to Buffalo. She saved four of the crew, which were found clinging to the spars. Captain Cook and one man never came up after the vessel went down.
      Sandusky Register
      Friday, October 15, 1886

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      The schooner GEORGE M. CASE, grain laden, bound from Chicago to Buffalo disappeared 3 miles off Port Colborne Thursday in 7 fathoms of water. Four were lost and four were saved.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, October 16, 1886

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      Schooner GEORGE M. CASE, 327 tons register. Home port, Chicago. Foundered near Port Colborne while bound for Buffalo from Chicago. A total loss with three lives also lost. Vessel built 1874. Amount of hull loss $9,000, cargo loss $10,000.
      Deptartment of Marine & Fisheries
      Statement of Wreck & Casualty, 1886

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      The schooner sunk in Gravelly Bay is the C.B. BENSON, which left Buffalo Friday for Toledo. She had seven men on board, all of whom are drowned.
      Capt. D.W. Carter of Port Colborne telegraphs: "Tugs visited the wreck and she is loaded with coal. Her foremast is gone and the remaining topmasts are painted black. I believe it is the C.B. BENSON. Have just sent another tug with diver and will telegraph you later."
No bodies have been found. Not a single body of the crew of nine men on the J.C. FINNEY, which went down last fall in the Bay, was ever recovered. The G.M. CASE, the MONTICELLO and E.P. DORR were lost near the same spot and only one man's body found.
      Captain Duff of the BENSON was one of the best known navigators in this county.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Wednesday, October 18, 1893 p.1, c.1

Schooner GEORGE M. CASE. U. S. No. 85386. Of 344.49 tons gross; 327.27 tons net. Built Saugatuck, Mich., 1874. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 37.0 x 26.0 x 12.0.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 3
Hull damage: $9,000
Cargo: $10,000
Freight: corn
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.873333 Longitude: -79.255555
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George M. Case (Schooner), U85386, sunk, 14 Oct 1886