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Eliza R. Turner (Schooner), U36133, aground, 9 Oct 1877


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Captain Bennett, United States Consular Agent at Port Rowan, Can., reports that the schooner ELIZA TURNER went ashore on Long Point, Thursday night, and that Captain Gill Hearns and the cook were lost. The crew escaped. News has not been received as to whether the vessel is a total loss. She was owned in Cleveland by her captain, Charles E. Cooley and A.T. Van Tassel, and valued at $15,000. She was insured in the Buffalo (?) of Buffalo, for $5,000; in the Cleveland Mercantile, $3,000, and in two companies, not stated, for $4,000. She left this port on Monday, the 1st of September, with railroad iron for Detroit, where she took on a cargo of wheat for Buffalo.
      Cleveland Herald
      October 13, 1877



      The wrecking steamer MAGNET, which left Cleveland on Saturday night to recover the E.R. TURNER, returned yesterday and reported the vessel a total loss. So ends this chapter.
      Cleveland Herald
      October 16, 1877


     
Schooner ELIZA R. TURNER. U. S. No. 8191. Of 409.35 tons Home port, Cleveland, Ohio.
      Barge ELIZA R. TURNER. U. S. No. 36133. Of 409.35 tons. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871 [renumbered]


The protest made by the mate of the schooner ELIZA TURNER, which was lost off Long Point on the 17th, says the vessel encountered a terrible storm during the afternoon of that day; ran back under Long Point, and then ventured out again. The storm increased in fury and the vessel put back. At 7 P. M. shipped a heavy sea, which flooded the vessel and rendered her unmanageable. She went on the beach head first. The Captain and female cook were washed overboard from the mizzen rigging and drowned. The protest was laid before the underwriters at Detroit Friday, by M. Johnson & Co., who shipped the cargo of wheat.
      Cleveland Herald
      October 26, 1877

NOTE:- Definitely not the 17th.


      The body of Captain Hearn, of the wrecked schooner ELIZA TURNER, which was wrecked on the Canada shore ten days ago, has been found, and will be forwarded to this city. The funeral will be held on Tuesday.
      Cleveland Herald
      October 29, 1877



      A communication has been received by Messrs. Cooley and Van Tassel, and the widow of Captain Hearns, from persons in Ontario interested in the matter, to the effect that there is no possibility of saving any part of their schooner, the ELIZA R. TURNER, which sunk at Long Point not long ago. The masts and some of the main sections of the vessel have been broken up and pieces washed ashore. The $12,000 insurance money is expected soon. The vessel was held as worth fully $20,000, and in view of the disaster, the previous small profits, and the death of the Captain, Cooley and Van Tassel say that they have made their last venture in vessel property. Captain Hearns left a comfortable little fortune, but it may be swallowed up in litigation, as a number of children by different wives are deeply interested.
      The J.W. Hall Great Lakes marine Scrapbook, November 1877




Three masted schooner ELIZA R. TURNER, of Cleveland, 425 tons. While bound from Detroit to Buffalo on October 3, 1877, stranded by stress of weather on Long Point, Lake Erie a total wreck. Amount of loss to hull $20,000. Amount of loss to cargo, $35,000. No lives were lost.
      Statement of Wreck & Casualty occurring during the year 1877
      Dept. of Marine & Fisheries. Sessional papers, No.1. A 1878
     

NAME: ELIZA R. TURNER
RIG: Schooner
OFFICIAL NO: 8191
SIGNAL LETTERS:
LOA:
BEAM:
DEPTH:
GROSS: 409.35 (Third Suppl; 1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877)
NET:
YEAR BUILT:
STATE:
CITY:
HOME PORT: Cleveland, OH (Third Suppl; 1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877)
YEARS LISTED: Third Suppl; 1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877.
NOTES:

     
     
Schooner ELIZA R. TURNER. U. S. No. 8191. Of 409.35 tons Home port, Cleveland, Ohio.
Barge ELIZA R. TURNER. U. S. No. 36133. Of 409.35 tons. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. ????
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871 [renumbered]


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Reason: aground
Lives: 2
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1877
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Local identifier:
McN.W.18570
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.555833 Longitude: -80.197222
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Eliza R. Turner (Schooner), U36133, aground, 9 Oct 1877