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Quito (Propeller), U6768, aground, 25 Nov 1902

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Lorain, O., Nov. 26. - In trying to make this port last night to escape from a furious gale, which was sweeping the lake, the propeller QUITO was piled on the beach outside the piers near the harbor. The tug CASCADE immediately went to the rescue, and took off 12 of the crew and a woman cook. Four men were left aboard because the tug could not stay alongside.
      In response to signals from the four men left on the ship, the CASCADE's crew made a more determined effort to save them. A lifeboat was secured and towed out, but it could not be brought close enough to the stranded vessel for the men to get in it, and the plan was abandoned. Then the tug ran past the steamer as closely as it could, and one of the four jumped to her deck.
      By this time the seas were running so fiercely that the tug was in great peril, and was compelled to give up its efforts to rescue the three remaining on the vessel. A message was sent for the life-saving crew, at Cleveland, and eight surfmen, under command of Capt. Motley, arrived with a lifeboat at 11:45 o'clock.
      The boat was launched immediately, and was pushed out into the harbor by the CASCADE. It disappeared in the darkness and nearly two hours elapsed before it was again sighted. Anxious men were watching as it pulled back into still water, and shouted queries about the three men, which were ignored until the boat scraped the dock, when the Captain, in reply to an inquiry if he "had them," answered "Yep, 'way there and give us a hand."
      The rescued men were exhausted and were taken to a hotel and put to bed. Capt. Motley ordered his boat reloaded for Cleveland. Although he had made as desperate a trip as ever falls to the lot of life-savers on the lakes, he would not discuss it. Probably he was offended that anybody should expect to see the boat come back without the men it went after.
The men rescued by the CASCADE were Hugh S. Cody, Captain; O.J. McGraw, first mate; Mrs. W. Brake, stewardess; Joseph Knapp, second cook; A. Ammunsen; H. Sinclair, wheelsmen; K. Kull, J. Wertz, watchmen; G. Peters, F. Alf, H.S. Fausote, deckhands; H. Schultz and F. Myers, firemen.
      Those left to be taken off by the life-savers were: John Anderson, second mate; B. Henry Chief Engineer; W. Faulk, second Engineer.
      Captain Cody relates the experiences of the steamer in the gale on Lake Erie as follows:
"After leaving the Detroit River and passing the Dummy Light, we encountered a heavy gale blowing up the lake. After battling with the wind and seas for many hours in an attempt to reach Cleveland, the steamer began leaking rapidly. I knew it would be useless to attempt to reach Cleveland, and when ten miles from Cleveland I brought the vessel about and headed for Lorain. All went well, when the steamer broached, missed the entrance and went on the beach to the eastward.
      Lorain, O., Nov. 26. - The barge QUITO, which went to pieces on the new east pier some time during the night, is a total loss. She had a cargo of 1700 tons of Escanaba ore, consigned to Cleveland. When 10 miles off Cleveland she sprung a leak, and had four feet of water in her hold when she put about before the wind for this harbor.
      She rolled in the trough of the sea for 25 miles, and Capt. Cody felt his vessel sinking under him as he approached Lorain Harbor.
      The vessel could not steer and the captain hoped to sink her inside the harbor to save the crew. She missed the east pier by 100 feet and sank in 15 feet of water.
      The lifesavers of Cleveland, who arrived by special train, were watched by 1500 persons as they rescued the men. It is believed to have been the most daring and speedy rescue accomplished by the life saving service on the lakes in recent years. In less than 30 minutes from the time the surf boat was launched the half dead sailors from the QUITO were beside warm fires in the B. & O. dock office.
      Buffalo Evening News
      November 26, 1902

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      Propeller QUITO built Bangor, Mich., in 1873 and owned by James Corrigan of Cleveland, went ashore outside the piers at Lorain Harbor, Ohio, during a heavy N.E. gale. She is a wooden vessel of 204 feet length, 36 feet beam and 22 feet hold.
      Toronto Globe
      Friday, October 15, 1886

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      Steam screw QUITO. U. S. No. 6768. Of 1372 gross tons; 1099 tons net. Built Bangor, Mich., 1873. Home port, Cleveland, O. 204.0 x 36.2 x 21.7 Crew of 14 Of 500 indicated horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1902
NOTE:- The QUITO was formerly the propeller DAVID BALLENTINE.

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: ore
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.45282 Longitude: -82.18237
William R. McNeil
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Quito (Propeller), U6768, aground, 25 Nov 1902