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Groton (Schooner), U10888, sunk, 10 Nov 1897


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THE GROTON FOUNDERED.
      Crew, After Drifting Down Lake Erie in a Yawl, Were Rescued.
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      Port Stanley, Ont., Nov. 11. - The schooner GROTON of Detroit, Capt. John H Christie, left Cleveland on Wednesday, loaded with slack coal for Hunt Bros., of London. She was caught in the gale of last night and came to anchor 12 miles west of this place, where she foundered. The crew, consisting of six men, took to the yawl boat and were discovered drifting down the lake at 1 o'clock today. Capt. William Berry of the lifeboat station here hastily got his crew together and went out in a big sea and rescued them and thir yawl boat. The vessel with her cargo, will no doubt be a total loss, as she lies in about 30 feet of water. There is another schooner lying at anchor off here, which is supposed to be the schooner St. LAWRENCE. She appears to be making good weather of it and the tug will go to her as soon as the sea and wind will allow.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Thursday, November 11, 1897 1 - 1

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      GROTON
      M. Payne, sub-collector of Customs at Port Stanley, Ontario, reports that the spars of the wrecked schooner GROTON disappeared early in January and were supposed to have been cut off by the ice. The hull of the vessel is no doubt in the same spot she sank, as both the anchors are down, and she lies in water so deep that ice can not disturb the hull. The GROTON sank on November 11, 1897. She had been anchored to ride out the moderate gale then blowing, intending later to make Port Stanley. After coming to anchor the schooner pitched so heavily and shipped so much sea as to pull the jibboon out of her,
which carried the foretopmast with it. The hull was opened up forward so much that she made water rapidly in spite of the working of the pumps. The crew were compelled to abandon her; the vessel sank soon after they had taken to the yawl boat.
      Marine Record
      March 24, 1898

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      NOTICE TO MARINERS
      Office of the Light-House Board
      Washington, D. C. April 12, 1898
      The Hydrographic Office has received the following information relating to the wreck of the schooner GROTON, which sank in Lake Erie, November 11, 1897, while lying at anchor 1 & 9/10th. of a mile S.E. of Point Talbot, Canada.
      The tug SNOWSTORM visited the wreck of the GROTON on April 10 and reports that her position is unchanged. The mainmast is unstepped and floating by rigging. The foremast is broken off about four feet above water. The top mast and one gaff is hanging to rigging.
      There are 26 feet of water on her deck. The hull is apparently breaking up The wreck is not in the track of vessels passing up and down the lake.
      Marine Record
      April 21, 1898

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      Colonel Burke, United States Consul at St. Thomas, will present Capt. Berry of Port Stanley, and his Life-saving crew with gold medals awarded by the Department of Marine & Fisheries, at Ottawa, for the heroism they displayed last fall in saving the crew of the American schooner GROTON, which foundered off Port Stanley.
      Marine Record
      June 16, 1898

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      Word has been received from Capt. E. Dunn, commanding the Dominion cruiser PETREL, that the wreck of the schooner GROTON, off Talbot Point and about 8 miles west of Port Stanley, has been cleared away to a depth of 25 feet.
      Marine Record
      June 8, 1899

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Schooner GROTON. U. S. No. 10888. Of 352.04 tons gross; 334.44 tons net. Built Port Huron, Mich., 1868. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 156.6 x 26.2 x 12.2
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1897
     


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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: coal
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1897
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Local identifier:
McN.W.18110
Language of Item:
English
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.66679 Longitude: -81.21644
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Groton (Schooner), U10888, sunk, 10 Nov 1897