The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Ellen White (Schooner), fire, 21 Sep 1870

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The schr. ELLEN WHITE, loaded with staves, was burned off Avon Pt. on the night of the 20th. The vessel and cargo is a total loss. The cargo was consigned to O.S. Stow, of this city. The staves in the hold were insured, but those on deck were not.
The WHITE was insured for $5,000 and valued at $7,000. The captain and crew were taken to Cleveland by the screw steamer LIBERTY.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 21, 1870 3-5

      Capt. Brally, of the schr. ROBERT EMMET, reports that he boarded a burning vessel near Cleveland, which must have been the ELLEN WHITE, the loss of which we announced yesterday, and saved a quantity of property as follows: Blocks, sails, rigging, a silver ring with a gold cross in the center, and other articles. The property has been left at J.H. Montgomery's store, corner of Water and Dock Sts.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 23, 1870 3-5

      The master of the schr. ELLEN WHITE, Capt. W.M. Robinson, states that about 11:00 the wheelsman gave the alarm of fire. The captain immediately made for the cabin and aroused his wife and the mate, who were asleep there, and attempted to get his books and papers, but the fire spread with such rapidity that he was unable to save anything, his wife escaping in her night clothes, and the mate with nothing but pants and shirt. The small boat was lowered as soon as possible, into which the crew, consisting of 7 persons, succeeded safely in getting. The accident occurred when the vessel was 7 or 8 miles to the northward of Avon Pt. The captain and crew made for the point, where they landed, but soon after seeing the scow LIBERTY heading towards Cleveland, they put out to her, were taken on board, and arrived there Wednesday morning. The captain and all hands lost their clothing except what they had on them at the time the fire broke out, and the captain lost $68 in money which was in the cabin. The cuase of the fire is supposed to have been from the explosion of a kerosene lamp in the cabin. The vessel was loaded with staves and bound from Detroit to Buffalo. She was owned by Mr. J. Hutchinson, of Cleveland, valued at $7,000, and insured for $5,000.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 24, 1870

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Freight: staves
Remarks: Total loss
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William R. McNeil
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Ellen White (Schooner), fire, 21 Sep 1870