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Kate Kelley (Schooner), U14031, aground, 27 Sep 1875


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A special dispatch from Oswego, dated Sept. 27th, 1875, says: "The schr. KATE KELLY, from Kingston, light, went ashore east of this harbor, last night, and was badly damaged.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 27, 1875 3-5
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      Schooner Kate Kelly Ashore
About one o'clock this morning, the schooner KATE KELLY, Captain Robert Hayes, light from Kingston, drifted on to the beach about 100 feet east of the east pier and was driven by the seas high up on the shore beneath the fort - The wind, which had been fresh from the northwest all day yesterday, died away about midnight and then shifted around to the southwest, from which point it was faintly issuing when the KELLY tried to make the port.
The seas were running high and soon after the vessel passed the beacon light she encountered a slight breeze dead ahead, which stopped her and left her at the mercy of the waves. There was not wind enough to turn her about so she could stand out to sea again, and she drifted rapidly, carried by the huge waves to the beach, where she struck broadside to. She pounded heavily until after day light, when the waves subsided to some extent, and
this morning showed signs of rough usage. The crew landed safely by means of a line from the vessel to a loaded car on the Rome & Oswego road.*
Whether the vessel will be released or not is a question for wreckers. Her back is broken amidships; her decks are sprung about the centre board box; there is a large hole in her bottom amidships and she rests on several hard heads. The KELLY was built at Tonawanda by Martell in 1867, received large repairs in 1870, rated A 2 with a dash and measured 280 tons. She is owned by C. A. Parker, E.W. Greene and Captain Robert Hayes of this city,
and is insured for $12,000, $4,000 each in the Mercantile and Buffalo, Mollison, Hastings & Dowdle, agents, $2,000 in the Mechanics' and Traders', T. Martin, agent, and $2,000 in the Inland Union, Faulkner & Warren, agents.
Captain Hayes stripped the schooner this forenoon, preparatory to abandoning her to the insurance companies. This afternoon about three o'clock the tug CRUSADER commenced pulling on the vessel, but with what success we did not learn in time for today's paper. The wind and waves are increasing at this writing and the prospects are good for the vessel
bleaching on the shore.
      Oswego Palladium
      Monday, Sept. 27, 1875

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The schr. KATE KELLY, bound from Kingston to Charlote, light, in attempting to make Oswego harbor Sunday night, on account of a stress of weather, went ashore some 8 or 10 rods below the east pier, and she now lies broadside on. Her back is broken, and she will probably be a total wreck. The KELLY was owned by Henry W. Green, A. Parker and Capt. Robert Hayes of Oswego. She is insured for $12,000 - $4,000 in the Buffalo Ins. Co., $4,000 in the Mercantile Mutual, $2,000 in the Mechanics & Traders' and $2,000 in the Inland Insurance Union. So says the Oswego Times. Capt. L. Dimick, Marine Inspector, left Buffalo last evening to look after the craft.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 28, 1875 3-6

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Along the Docks --- Captain Berriman, the insurance inspector, has engaged George Goble to assist in releasing the schooner Kate Kelly, ashore below the east pier, and today the wreckers are getting derricks, screws and ways in position. The tug Sumner will arrive tonight and tomorrow will lend her weight toward pulling the vessel off. There is considerable water in the vessel's hold and several of her floor timbers are broken through amidships. If the wind should change to the westward and blow fresh, as there is every prospect at present, the Kelly would quickly be a thing of the past.
      Oswego Palladium
      Wednesday, September 29, 1875

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Capt. Berriman, instead of Capt. Dimick, went to Oswego to examine into the condition of the schr. KATE KELLY, ashore at that place.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 29, 1875 3-5

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Released from the Beach --- The schooner Kate Kelly, which went ashore below the East pier last Monday morning, was released by the tugs ALANSON SUMNER and CRUSADER, and towed inside of the West pier, where she sunk. Captain Berriman, of Buffalo, says the Sumner is the best pulling tug he ever saw. A steam pump will be put on the Kelly and she will be taken into Goble & Macfarlane's dock for repairs. The extent of her damages cannot be determined until she is docked and a survey is held.
      Oswego Palladium
      Thursday, September 30, 1875

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When the powerful tug ALANSON SUMNER, Capt. Dobbie, took hold the schr. KATE KELLY this morning, we were sure that the vessel, or a part of her, would leave the shore, and we were not mistaken. After the tug made a few pulls with her 12 inch line, as "feelers," she got in position, and as her line began to strighten , the vessel released her hold on the shore, and towed her into the harbor. When inside the west pier the vessel sank and now lies with her rails, amidships, under water. The strain upon one of the tow posts of the tug was so great that it broke the iron cap, which is 3/4 of an inch in thickness. With the aid of 2 canal boats and Capt. Dobbie's steam pump, the vessel will be raised and towed to Goble & McFarlane's drydock for repairs. - Oswego Times.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 1, 1875 3-5

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Along the Docks. -- The wreckers are raising the schooner KATE KELLY today. Jackets were put under the bottom this forenoon and it was expected the steam pump would be in position tonight.
      Oswego Palladium
      Saturday, October 2, 1875

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Along the Docks. -- The wreckers succeeded in raising the schooner KATE KELLY with the assistance of three steam pumps and two canal boats yesterday afternoon and she was towed to the entrance of Goble & Macfarlane's slip. It was thought that the pumps could keep her afloat, as two jackets were under her bottom, but upon removing the canal boats she settled down on the bottom again.
Saturday evening the rubber connection pipe on the Sumner's pump blew off and in its dashing about knocked down engineer Henry Lee and a fireman. There was considerable consternation for a few minutes and the crowd ran pell mell under the impression that the boiler had exploded.
      Oswego Palladium
      Monday, October 4, 1875

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The schr. KATE KELLY, sunk at Oswego, was raised Sunday, by the aid of 2 canal boats and 3 steam pumps and towed to Goble & McFarland's drydock.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 5, 1875 3-5

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      The wreckers succeeded in getting the schooner KATE KELLY into the dock this afternoon.
      Oswego Palladium
      Tuesday, October 5, 1875

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Along the Docks. -- The wreck of the schooner KATE KELLY, in Goble & Macfarlane's dock, shows plainly the rough treatment the waves and stones gave the hull. The bottom is in a very bad condition, the starboard side presenting the appearance of a sieve. many of the schooner's frames are broken and her keelson is broken aft of the centre board box. The hull is badly wrenched and twisted and will necessitate the expenditure of at least $6,000 to make her serviceable. As soon as the wreck is blocked up a survey will be held and the insurance companies will then decide what to do.
      Oswego Palladium
      Wednesday, October 6, 1875

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Along the Docks. -- The schooner KATE KELLY, or what is left of her, was floated out of the dock yesterday afternoon so that the bottom blocks could be replaced. It was thought that the wreck would float, as the holes all wore patches, long enough to do the work, but it would not. This morning the hull is full of water, which will have to be pumped out before being docked.
      Oswego Palladium
      Thursday, October 7, 1875

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The schooner KATE KELLY was raised from the river bottom at Oswego on Sunday afternoon, and in tow of a tug, started for the dry-dock, but before reaching there she sunk again to the bottom. The three steam pumps being unable to keep the water out of her.
      Toronto Daily Globe
      Friday, October 8, 1875
     
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      Along the Docks. -- The appraisers, Mr. Humble of Tonawanda, and James Navagh of this city, failed to agree upon the cost of repairing the schooner KATE KELLY. Whether or not a third man will be selected we are uninformed.
      Oswego Palladium
      Saturday, October 9, 1875

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The schooner KATE KELLY is still in her dilapidated condition in Goble and Macfarlane's dock. If the vessel is repaired as she ought to be (including releasing her from the beach) it will be more than the amount of insurance.
      Oswego Palladium
      Tuesday, October 12, 1875

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Along the Docks. - We learn that Captain Berriman, representing the insurance companies,
and the owners of the schooner KATE KELLY have agreed upon a basis of settlement satisfactory to all concerned.
      Oswego Palladium
      Monday, October18, 1875

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The KATE KELLY is receiving thorough repairs at Goble & Macfarlane's, including new floor timbers, new pocket pieces, new keel forward and aft, new bottom plank on the starboard side, several strakes on the port side, new ceiling where required and new decks. Her bowsprit will be lengthened, her forestays will be fastened at the knight heads, and she will be given another jib.
      Oswego Palladium
      Monday, October 25, 1875


     
     
      Schooner KATE KELLY. U.S. No. 14031. oF 257.32 tons gross; 244.46 tons net. Built at Tonawanda, N.Y., in 1867. Home port, Oswego, N.Y. 126.3 x 25.8 x 10.4
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1891
     


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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: nil
Remarks: Got off
Date of Original:
1875
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McN.W.19444
Language of Item:
English
  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.45535 Longitude: -76.5105
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Kate Kelley (Schooner), U14031, aground, 27 Sep 1875