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R. B. Hayes (Schooner), U110338, sunk, 20 Apr 1893

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      Chicago, April 21. -- After battling with the wind and sea for over 80 hours, with the rudder unshipped and the tow post gone, the crew of the schooner R. B. HAYES last night abandoned their vessel and were taken aboard of the steamer A. P. WRIGHT, which had the schooner in tow. The WRIGHT left here Wednesday night with the schooners HAYES and F. L. DANFORTH in tow. In about two hours the gals struck them, and from that time on the progress was laborious in the extreme. About midnight the line to the DANFORTH parted, and by ? o'clock yesterday morning she had gone on the beach off this city and became a total wreck
      From that time nothing was heard from the WRIGHT and HAYES until after midnight last night, when the WRIGHT succeeded in making the harbor here. Then crews of both boats reported that they had abandoned the schooner when about 30 miles northeast of this city, as she was about to founder. The HAYES was loaded with 50,000 bushels of corn. It is thought by the captain of the HAYES that it was impossible for the vessel to have lived more than two or three hours after she was abandoned.
      LATER; -- Insurance Companies at noon ordered the tug MORFORD with the life-saving crew to join in the search for the HAYES. The boat is insured for $5,000, and is owned by Gilchrist of Cleveland. The WRIGHT left this morning without a tow for Buffalo.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Friday, April 21, 1893
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The schooner R.B. HAYES has been abandoned on Lake Michigan. She is presumed lost in the gale of Wednesday \ Thursday. The schooner N.A. EDDY is missing.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, April 22, 1893
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      Sault Ste. Marie, Sept. 22. -- The schooner MICHIGAN foundered in 30 fathoms of water 30 miles above Point Sable, Lake Superior, at 11 o'clock Thursday night. The crew were saved by the steamer CITY OF MAPLES, which had the lost boat in tow.
      The MAPLES and the MICHIGAN left Marquette Thursday with iron ore for Ashtabula. Heavy weather was encountered soon after leaving port and the MICHIGAN began leaking, every effort to keep her afloat until she could be towed into shallow water where she could be beached being useless. An hour before she went down the crew were taken aboard the steamer.
      The MICHIGAN was formerly a car ferry in Detroit. While being unloaded at Chicago three years ago she broke in two and although repairs were made she has been structurally weak ever since. She was owned by J. G. Gilchrist of Cleveland, was valued at $30,000, and registered 1,227 tons net. She was insured for $15,000.
This is the second boat of the Gilchrist fleet lost this season, the other one being the schooner R. B. HAYES, which foundered off Chicago last April.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Friday, September 22, 1893
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      Schooner R.B. HAYES foundered on Lake Michigan April 20, 1893. Valued at $18,000, of 1,400 gross tons capacity. Owned by J.C. Gilchrist. Home port, Cleveland. Total loss.
      Total Losses for 1893
      Marine Review
      December 14, 1893

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R.B. HAYES Built 1877 Schooner - Wood
U. S. No. 110338 669 gt - 635 nt 147.5' x 24' x 14.2'
Foundered in April, 1893, off Chicago, Lake Michigan
      Toledo Shipbuilding Master List
      Institute for Great Lakes Research
      Perrysburg, Ohio
Schooner R.B. HAYES. U. S. No. 110338. Of 668.86 tons gross; 635.45 tons net. Built Gibraltar, Mich., 1877. Home port, Chicago, Ill.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

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Hull damage: $18,000
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    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
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R. B. Hayes (Schooner), U110338, sunk, 20 Apr 1893