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H. A. Barr (Schooner), C107489, sunk, 24 Sep 1902

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During the terrific storm which was sweeping the lakes Wednesday night the crew of the schooner H.A. BARR abandoned the boat, and shortly afterwards it went to the bottom of Lake Erie about 60 miles above Long Point. The location of the wreck is not accurately known, but it is believed to be in deep water some distance off shore.
      The schooner left Sault Ste. Marie last week in tow of the propeller THEANO, bound for Buffalo with ore. Rough weather was encountered all the way, and when Lake Erie was reached the schooner was in distress. Hatch covers were carried away by huge waves breaking over the deck, and the water settled in her hold. In spite of hard work at the pumps she continued to sink deeper into the sea, and late Wednesday afternoon the fight was given up and Capt. J.A. Stammon signalled the THEANO to take off the crew. A life-line was rigged and the men were taken from the doomed vessel. Then she sank.
      Buffalo Evening News
      September 26, 1902

      An Underwriters dispatch says that the schooner H.A. BARR foundered on Lake Erie off Port Stanley in the recent storm. The crew reached Buffalo early today. The BARR was under charter to the Clergue Syndicate and was carrying iron ore from its mines to Ohio ports.
      Port Huron Daily Tmes
      Friday, September 26, 1902
      The BARR sprung a leak and went to the bottom 60 miles above Long Point on Wednesday. The crew was rescued by the towing steamer THEANO.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, September 27, 1902
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Notices have been sent out that most of the wreck of the CITY OF VENICE has been removed and that it is no longer dangerous. The STEVENS has been marked with an ordinary fish buoy. The wreck of the BARR is also supposed to be in the Detroit-Buffalo course and is another source of danger.
      Buffalo Evening News
      September 27, 1902

Schooner H.A. BARR. Official Canada No. 107489. Of 900 tons reg. Built West Bay City, Mich., 1893. Home port, Sault Ste. Marie. 220.0 x 35.0 x 16.0 Owned by Algoma Central Railway, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1902
Schooner H.A. BARR, sunk in Lake Erie, had her mast and floating wreck removed by Canadian Govt. vessel PETREL during 1902.
      Report of Marine & Fisheries for 1903

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: ore
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.454166 Longitude: -81.121388
William R. McNeil
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H. A. Barr (Schooner), C107489, sunk, 24 Sep 1902