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Kate Winslow (Schooner), U14281, sunk, 14 Oct 1897

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      Schooner KATE WINSLOW Foundered In Lake Michigan Off Seul Choix Point.
      Crew Reached Shore In Safety After A Long Battle With The Stormy Waves.

      Manistique, Mich., Oct. 15. - After a battle for hours with the fiercest of Michigan waves, the crew of the foundered schooner KATE WINSLOW, reached shore without a single loss of life. The crew went along the shore, reaching Whitedale, a village not far from Manistique.
      The WINSLOW. loaded with pig iron, foundered off Seul Choix Point early yesterday morning. She was commanded by Capt. E.J. Cuyler, and left Gladstone Wednesday, bound for Sandusky, O. She was in tow of the steamer QUEEN OF THE WEST, which also had the schooner MAY RICHARDS in tow, the WINSLOW being the last of the three. After leaving Green Bay, the vessels encountered a heavy southwest gale on Lake Michigan. Laden deeply with 1,200 tons of pig iron, the schooners labored heavily in the sea and every wave swept their decks.
      Wednesday night, when the boats were about 15 miles from Gull Island, the tow line holding the WINSLOW to the RICHARD parted. The QUEEN OF THE WEST and RICHARDS had all they could do to take care of themselves, and the WINSLOW was left to her fate. Driven before the southwest gale, the WINSLOW ran north, but a leak was sprung and she began to settle. Ten miles off Seul Choix Point she went down, just as the crew pulled off in the life boats. The WINSLOW was valued at $15,000, insured for $10,000. She was an old-timer and once the pride of the sailing fleet.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Friday, October 15, 1897

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The schooner KATE WINSLOW, heavile laden with pig iron, foundered on Lake Michigan off Seul Choix Point early Thursday morning. Capt. E.J. Cuyler and his crew succeeded in reaching shore without loss of life and made their way to Whitedale, a small town a short distance from Manistique. The schooner and cargo are a total loss. She was bound from Gladstone to Sandusky in tow of the steamer QUEEN OF THE WEST, which also had the schooner MAY RICHARDS in tow.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, October 15, 1897

The small wrecking steamer T.W. SNOOK is engaged in operations on the sunken wreck of the schooner KATE WINSLOW which foundered off Seul Chaix Point late last fall, loaded with pig iron, at last reports, the SNOOK had raised 150 tons of cargo.
      Sandusky Register Wed.
      July 20, 1898
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The work of recovering the cargo of 1200 tons of pig iron from the wreck of the schooner KATE WINSLOW which lies off Manistque in 70 feet of water has been completed by the steamer T.W. SNOOK. Six divers worked in pairs and they will receive 2 Dollars per ton on all the iron recovered..
      Sandusky Register
      Monday, August 22, 1898
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      KATE WINSLOW. 732 tons built by J. Davidson at Saninaw and came out in Sept. 1872. Owned by Winslow, port of hail-Buffalo. Valued at 30,000 Dollars and classed as A 2. Three masts.
      Marine Insurance Classification Index, 1878

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The steamer T.W. SNOOK which has been engaged in the vicinity of Manistique for some time, recovering the cargo of pig iron from the sunken schooner KATE WINSLOW, has completed her work. Nearly the entire cargo, I,200 tons was recovered. The wreck lies in water 70 feet deep, and six divers were employed. These divers worked in pairs and were paid $2 per ton for all ore removed. One of them named Nelson is credited with having placed 73O pigs in the sling in a single day. The recovered cargo was brought to this port (Detroit)
      Marine Record
      August 18, 1898
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Commander C. O. Allibone, inspector of the ninth lighthouse district, has given notice that a black gas buoy, showing a fixed white light, has been established in 5 ½ fathoms of water about 300 feet north of a sunken three-masted tow barge (the WINSLOW), which foundered during the night of Sept. 4, near White shoals, Straits of Mackinac, the buoy replacing a temporary black spar buoy established there on Sept. 11.
      Marine Review
      September 22, 1898

Schooner KATE WINSLOW. U. S. No. 14281. Of 736.07 tons gross; 699.27 tons net. Built East Saginaw, Mich., 1872. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 202.5 x 34,8 x 13.3
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1897

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $15,000
Freight: pig iron
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.92165 Longitude: -85.91095
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Kate Winslow (Schooner), U14281, sunk, 14 Oct 1897