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E. S. Catlin (Barge), U36325, aground, 9 Oct 1876

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Mr. R.R. Hefford received a dispatch Saturday announcing that the tow of the tug BALIZE, bound from Bay City to Buffalo with lumber, had broken up on Lake Erie Friday night. The barge E.S. CATLIN went ashore 2 1/2 miles this side of Ashtabula, and the T.H. ORTON reached Ashtabula with her deck load, anchors, chain and hawser missing. No news of the rest of the tow, the barges PECK and SPAULDING, had been received here up to noon today.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 9, 1876 3-6

A dispatch from Ashtabula yesterday stated that the tug BALIZE had succeded in getting together the barges ORTON, PECK and SPAULDING, and would leave with them for Buffalo. The CATLIN has not yet been released. The BALIZE had not arrived here at noon today, but is expected some time this afternoon.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 10, 1876 3-6

The CATLIN which is ashore near Ashtabula, is being lightered of her cargo of lumber.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 11, 1876 3-4

The tug BALIZE has been libeled at this port for over $7,000 by J.L. Crosthwaite, owner of the barge CATLIN, and R.R. Hefford, owner of the barge T.H. ORTON. The libelants claim that the tug, which had the barges in tow, was to blame for the accidents to them, the CATLIN going ashore and the ORTON losing her deck load, anchors, chains and tow-line, and being otherwise damaged.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 13, 1876 3-5

During the storm Sunday night the barge CATLIN, ashore near Ashtabula was broken up and scattered along the beach. her deck load of lumber had been lightered previously and taken to Ashtabula. Men were engaged yesterday in picking up the lumber strewn along the shore.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 18, 1876 3-5

GONE TO PIECES. --Our Ashtabula correspondent, under the date of October 20th, says: The barge CATLIN, which went ashore east of this harbor last week, went to pieces during the wind of Saturday night. She was mostly owned in Milwaukee. The steam pump on board, which was taken out on Thursday, was found nearly buried in the sand.
      Cleveland Herald
      Monday, October 23, 1876
Barge E.S. CATLIN. U. S. No. 36325. Of 372.88 tons. Home port, East Saginaw, Mich.
      Merchant Vessels List, U. S., 1871
Barge E.S. CATLIN. Of 372 tons. Built Wenona, Mich., 1869 by W. Crosthwaite. REMARKS:-- Scow
      Association of Lake Underwriters
      1876 Classification

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.86505 Longitude: -80.78981
William R. McNeil
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E. S. Catlin (Barge), U36325, aground, 9 Oct 1876