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E. St. John Bemis (Schooner), U7328, sunk, 21 Sep 1870


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The schr. E.S.J. BEMIS, with 14,000 bushels of wheat, from Detroit for Buffalo, sprung a leak and sunk in the lake off Port Rowan, yesterday morning. The cargo is a total loss. All crew saved.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 21, 1870 3-5

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      The schr. E.S.J. BEMIS, with 14,000 bushels of wheat, from Detroit for Buffalo, sprung a leak and sunk in the lake off Port Rowan, yesterday morning. The cargo is a total loss. All crew saved.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      September 21, 1870 3-4
     
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Port Rowan, Sept. 20. -- The schooner E. S. J. BEMIS, Captain Hubart, with 14,000 bus., of wheat, from Detroit to Buffalo, sprang a leak and sank in the lake off the harbor this morning. The vessel and the cargo are a total loss. The vessel went out of sight in a few minutes. The crew were all saved.
      There was a calamity on Lake Ontario last night, involving the loss of a schooner. There was a wind bound fleet in the harbor yesterday morning. Eleven of the fleet left the port, some of them light. Among these was the schooner DOMINION and F. HOWARD. When about 25 miles from this port the HOWARD ran into the DOMINION. sinking the latter vessel. This occurred about 11:30 last night. The crew of the DOMINION escaped in the yawl, and were picked up by the schooner GEARING, which arrived here this morning. The vessels which collided were both owned by David Andrews, of Napanee, Ontario. They both left this port yesterday morning. It is presumed that the DOMINION is only waterlogged, and will be found drifting in the lake. The tug MOLLIE SPENCER has gone in quest of the wreck. Of the flwwt that left yesterday morning, all but two have returned to this port. ------- Rochester Advertiser, 19th.
      Toledo Blade
      Wednesday, September 21, 1870

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      The schr. E.S.J. BEMIS the loss of which was announced yesterday, was owned by John Stewart of Detroit, and rated B2. She was built at Milan, by S. Ruggles, in 1855, and her measurement was 294 tons, old style. She was insured for $10,000, which is her full value. This is the third time she has found the bottom during her existence, and it will probably put a period to her unlucky career.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 22, 1870 3-4

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Dispatches were received here yesterday announcing that the schr. E.S.J. BEMIS had sprung a leak and sunk in Lake Erie, about 15 miles off Port Rowan. The crew were all saved. As she lies in about 70 ft. of water, the vessel will probably prove a total loss. She was loaded with 15,000 bu. wheat, bound from Chicago to Buffalo. The BEMIS is owned by John Stewart of this city, and rated B2. She was built at Milan by S. Ruggles in 1855 and her measurement was 294 tons, old style. She was insured for $10,000 which is her full value. This is the third time she has found the bottom and it will probably be the end of her.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      September 23, 1870 4-2

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SINKING OF THE "E. S. J. BEMIS" -- The Detroit Post says: Capt. Hubert of the BEMIS, gives the following particulars: The vessel sprung a leak on the night of the 19th, when 20 miles south of Long Point Cut. (The previous night there had been heavy N. N. W. winds, with considerable sea from the East, to which the disaster is no doubt attributable.) Tried the pump, according to custom, at a quarter past 10 o'clock, and found that it did not work. In less than 20 minutes there were four feet water in the hold. All hands were summoned, and both pumps were put in requisition, but the water still gaining, the boat was launched and all hands made for the shore, which they reached in safety. The wife of the mate was of the party. One of the crew, in his nervous fright, had endeavored to make off with the boat alone, but fortunately he was prevented by the vigilance of the master. When the crew left her the decks were under water. The BEMIS had been carrying grain for two seasons, and never before wet a bushel. We can hear of no movement towards raising her, and she is probably a total loss, being in 110 feet of water, with her masts submerged.
      Toledo Blade
      September 23, 1870

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A diver left port last evening on board the tug SARAH E. BRYANT for the scene of the wreck of the schr. E.ST.JOHN BEMIS, for the purpose of ascertaining if it be practicable to raise her. His decision in the matter will govern the actions of the owners and underwriters, as to whether an attempt to raise her will be made or not.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      October 1, 1870 3-8

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The tug SARAH E. BRYANT left port last evening, with diver on board for the purpose of examing the wreck of the schr. E. ST. JOHN BEMIS, the particulars of whose loss have been heretofore published. After the report of the diver, a decision will be arrived at whether to attempt to raise the sunken vessel or let her rest beneath the waters of the lake.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      October 1, 1870 3-2



Schooner E.S.J. BEMIS. U. S. No. 7328. Of 226.05 tons. Home port, Detroit, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871
     
     
     
Schooner E.S.J. BEMIS. U. S. No. 7328. Of 226 tons. Built Milan, Ohio in 1855 by S. Ruggles. DISPOSITION:- Lost between 1870 & 1874
      Herman Runge List
     


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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1870
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McN.W.18389
Language of Item:
English
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.555833 Longitude: -80.197222
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William R. McNeil
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E. St. John Bemis (Schooner), U7328, sunk, 21 Sep 1870