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E. P. Dorr (Schooner), U7516, sunk, 14 Nov 1881

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      The Schooner MARY JANE Lost With All On Board.
      She Is Wrecked In The Same Storm In Which The E.P. DORR Went Down. Buffalo, November 23. -- The Canadian barkentine MARY JANE left Port Colborne on November 14 with a cargo of telegraph poles from Port Hope, Ont., for Erie, Pa. Nothing was seen or heard of her till yesterday, when the wrecked hull was driven on the beach near Dunkirk. She left the Welland canal on the same day when the DORR was last seen, and likely was wrecked the same night, which was very stormy, with snow squalls. Wreckage, including boxes with her name, has come ashore at Dunkirk. The vessel was commanded by Capt. Flanagan, who was her principal owner, and it is almost certain that all of her crew, consisting of six souls have been lost. The MARY JANE was built at St. Catharines in 1866, measured 370 tons, rated B 2 and was valued at $6,000.
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      THE MISSING MARY JANE - THE E.P. DORR. Port Colborne, November 23. -- The schooner MARY JANE, which is reported lost off Dunkirk, left here about 8 a. m. Saturday last bound for Erie with telegraph poles. Towards evening the wind shifted to the Southwest and blew a gale. The MARY JANE was an old vessel and rated B 1. She was valued at $5,500. She was sailed by captain P. Flanagan, of Toronto, who owned a portion of her.
      As yet none of the bodies of the crew of the lost schooner E.P. DORR have been found. A piece with the vessel's name on was picked up near Point Abino yesterday and brought here.
      The J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, November 1881

      The schooner E.P. DORR went down off Port Colborne on Monday with all hands Captain Dutane and six men were lost. The vessel was valued at $15,000. She was loaded with black walnut and oak timber.
      Sandusky Register
      November 23, 1881

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      Schooner E.P. DORR, of 263 tons reg. 20 years of age. Bound from Toledo to Buffalo she foundered 20 miles East of Long Point, Lake Erie, November 14, 1881 with the loss of seven lives.
      Dept. of Marine & Fisheries, Canada
      Statement of Wreck & Casualty, 1881

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Buffalo, Nov. 20. -- It seems conclusive that the schooner E. P. DORR, of this port, has been lost, with all on board. The DORR sailed from Toledo for Buffalo a week ago yesterday, with a cargo of oak plank and timber for Taylor & Crate. She was of about 300 tons burthen, and owned by her captain, Peter Dufrane, and his father, of this city. Hearing that an unidentified wreckage was ashore at Port Colborne, the brother of Captain Dufrane went to that port Friday, and a special dispatch tonight announces that he identified the wreckage as from the DORR. This leaves little doubt that the vessel has gone to pieces and that the crew have gone down. At present, besides the captain, the only member of the crew known to have been in the DORR, is Captain James Reno, whose vessel is laid up at St. Catharines and who shipped as mate in the DORR. He leaves a wife and family of small children in St. Catharines. The cargo of oak planking was the only one on the lake of that kind, and branded with the name of Taylor & Crate. The vessel was insured.
      Cleveland Herald
      Monday, November 21, 1881

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      The Schooner Lost In Gravelly Bay Is The C.B. BENSON for Toledo.
      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

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RIG: Schooner
GROSS: 215.92 (Pre-list; 1869; 1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878; 1879; 1880; 1880-
HOME PORT: Racine, WI (Pre-list; 1869; 1870; 1871; 1872); Oswego, NY (1873; 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878;
1879; 1880; 1880-81)
YEARS LISTED: Pre-list; 1869; 1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878; 1879; 1880; 1880-81.
      MVUS, Pre-list to 1885

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 7
Freight: timber
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.873333 Longitude: -79.255555
William R. McNeil
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E. P. Dorr (Schooner), U7516, sunk, 14 Nov 1881