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Valentine (Schooner), U25732, sunk, 10 Oct 1877

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Madison, O., Oct. 12. - The schooner VALENTINE foundered off Cleveland on Wednesday night, October 10th. The crew took to the boat, and, after sixteen hours' hard labor, landed six miles below Fairport. We were all well beat out, having had to work backing the boat all the way ashore. The crew saved only what they wore.
      Cleveland Herald
      October 13, 1877

Captain Charles Christy, master of the propeller CHINA, of the Anchor Line, reports that when on Lake Erie, Monday night at 11 o'clock, forty miles due east of Point au Pelee, the CHINA sighted a wreck ahead and passed alongside. Had it not been for a very bright and clear night he would have run into it without knowing or seeing it. The vessel appeared to be a long tow-barge with three masts; the trantick stays running from one mast to another could be plainly seen. She is a large vessel and lies sunk on the bottom; Captain Christy says he steered from the point and knows his bearings are correct. Vessels passing down should steer for forty miles one-half point N. or S. from E. to avoid her. It is a dangerous wreck, and might involve the loss of life and property. A Revenue Cutter should find her and pull the masts out. There are apparently fifteen to twenty feet above water. All had large tops on them painted white.
      Cleveland Herald
      October 20, 1877

      The captain of one of the Anchor Line steamers reports seeing the topmasts of a three masted vessel about the islands, on his way back down. The top-masts were painted black, and were some feet above the water. They were seen in the North Passage; the direct location could not be ascertained.
      Cleveland Herald
      October 22, 1877

      Erie, Pa., Oct. 23. - Captain Christie, of the propeller CHINA states that the wreck of a three masted tow barge lies forty miles due east of Point au Pelee. He took particular pains to determine its location as it lies in the course usually taken by vessels.
      Cleveland Herald
      October 24, 1877

      The identity of that sunken vessel on Lake Erie has not been established for a certainty. Yesterday a prominent vessel owner in conversation with a Free Press reporter stated that to his mind the sunken vessel was none other than the schooner VALENTINE, which was abandoned by the captain and crew, who afterwards reported their vessel sunk off Cleveland. That the officers and crew of the VALENTINE were mistaken as to their whereabouts when the schooner sunk; the reporter's informant thinks probable. As this is the only three-master known to have sunk anywhere in the vicinity of the wreck reported. It seems quite probable that it is the VALENTINE. - Detroit Free Press.
      Cleveland Herald
      October 27, 1877

      The Revenue Cutter PERRY has received instructions directing her to proceed to the sunken wreck east of Point au Pelee and endeavor to remove the obstruction to navigation. Vessel men say that the danger will be greatly lessened if the masts are pulled out, and it is believed the PERRY can accomplish this.
      Cleveland Herald
      November 6, 1877

      The announcement that the unknows three-masted wreck on Lake Erie was the schooner VALENTINE has been confirmed. The VALENTINE was flat-bottomed and had three masts. She was of 273 tons burden, and built in Conneaut, O., by shipbuilder White, and launched in 1867. She was owned by Mr. Capon, of the same port; was valued at $6,000, and rated B 2. - Buffalo Courier, 19th.
      Cleveland Herald
      November 20, 1877

Schooner VALENTINE. U. S. No. 25732. Of 270.32 tons Home port, Conneaut, Ohio.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871

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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
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Valentine (Schooner), U25732, sunk, 10 Oct 1877