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Lizzie Metzner (Schooner), C116540, aground, 17 Oct 1916

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Schooner Blown From Moorings
      With the wind blowing a gale of sixty miles an hour from the West and Northwest at the outer breakwater at 4:30 a.m. this morning, the schooner LIZZIE METZNER, moored opposite the Lackawanna trestle, parted her lines and drifted down under the fort bank, where she is high and dry on the beach, a total wreck.
      The steamer M.T. Green, with lumber from Georgian Bay for the Diamond Match Company, also parted her lines and but for the fact that she had steam on, might have encountered serious trouble. As it was, she moved away into a place of shelter just in time.
      The METZNER arrived here about 10 p.m. last night light from Kingston, and sailed up into the new harbor and made fast to the breakwater, with the steamers M.T. Green and the McVittie just ahead of her.
      About 4:30 a.m. this morning she gave an unusually heavy surge, the lines parted and she was being swept into the current of the river. Captain Daryaw was awakened and hastening upon deck called the other two members of the crew aboard. In letting go the big anchor the chains became foul and it could not be set free. The small anchor was dropped, but it did not hold and the schooner dragged into the graveyard, where the Albacore, Snow Bird and Wood Duck and a number of other boats piled up in past seasons, none of which were ever released.
      When the METZNER struck there was a tremendous sea running in the lake and Captain Clemens, of the Coast Guard station, was on hand with breeches buoy to rescue the crew, which consisted of Captain Daryaw, Hiram, Willard and J.R. Lobb, all of Kingston. The inrushing seas picked the schooner up bodily and she was pitched against the stone wall east of the Coast Guard station, where she lies high and dry.
      The Metzner was valued at $6,000, as vessel property is now selling, and all that can be salvaged is her sails and rigging, it is believed. Yesterday afternoon the steamers Porter, Ringleader and Glen Allen got away for Kingston and it is believed that they reached port all right, or at least a haven from the storm at the foot of the lake. The steamer Ralph and consort Dobb, Erie to Kingston, with soft coal, ran in here last night and are windbound.
      The sky had a threatening look last night and the barometers told of the storm¹s approach and prudent sailormen made for refuge. The steamer Phelps is in light and the Isabella H. with gravel. The handsome yacht Flavin, James K. Hackett, the actor¹s boat, arrived here from Wolfe island on its way to New York by canal. Mr. Hackett was not aboard.
      There was a report in circulation all day that a schooner was ashore west of the city. After noon it was specified as the St. Louis. Telephone inquiries to points west failed to elicit any information. The life saving crew had had no advices.
      Oswego Daily Palladium
      Tuesday, Oct. 17, 1916

      May Float The Metzner
Believed That the Hull Is Uninjured - Quiet on Waterfront The windbound fleet that has been in the harbor for the past two days is getting away today, the heavy seas in the lake having run down with the wind, which blew itself out early this morning.
Captain Daryaw was busy today making a survey of the schooner Lizzie Metzner. She is high and dry on the beach, and is believed that her hull is uninjured. Light, she draws only a few feet of water and it is believed that if jack-screws could be gotten under her and ways placed out into the water that she might be pulled off. The thing most essential for such work, however, is good weather and reasonably smooth water, which is not always obtainable at this season.
Captain Daryaw may have the Metzner afloat and loaded for another trip to Kingston this fall.
The steamer Ralph and consort Dobbins that ran here for shelter Monday night, bound from Erie with coal, got away for Kingston this morning. The steamers Jenks, Isabella H. and the Emerson and two barges also got an early start followed by the John Randall, bound for Smiths Falls.
The steamer Gowne, with the schooner H.A. Holmes, will also get away some time today to make the run to Kingston after which they will go to the coast. The tug Cornelia and the yacht Flavia expect to get away via canal
today for Albany. The boiler-house has been taken out of the Cornelia and the gasoline tug Yankton will probably tow her to the Hudson River. The McVittie is loading for Montreal at the Lackawanna trestle.
      Oswego Palladium
      Wednesday, Oct. 18, 1916

      Oswego, Oct. 17. - For the first time in many years the breeches buoy was used on this side of Lake Ontario to rescue the crew of a sinking ship.
      The schooner LIZZIE METZNER, Capt. Chauncey Daryew, was at anchor near the outer breakwater when a 60 mile northwest gale tore her away from her moorings and drove her on the rocks near the coast guard station, west of the harbor. Unable to get to the sinking vessel in a boat, the lifesavers took Capt. Daryew and his crew of two, Samuel Willard and J. R. Lobb, off with the breeches buoy.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      October 18, 1916

Schooner LIZZIE METZNER. U. S. No. 140950. Of 77 tons gross; 73 tons net. Built Manitowoc, wis., 1888. Home port, Milwaukee, Wis. 81.0 x 21.8 x 6.8
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1900

      Shooner LIZZIE METZNER was built at Manitowoc in 1888 by Burger & Burger (U.S. #140950). The vessel was 81 feet in length, 22 foot beam and 8 foot hold. It was registered as 77 gross tons and 73 net tons. Her last owner was Capt. Chauncey Daryaw of Kingston, with official Canadian registry #116549.

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    Latitude: 43.45535 Longitude: -76.5105
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Lizzie Metzner (Schooner), C116540, aground, 17 Oct 1916