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Kate Richmond (Schooner), U14038, aground, 15 Oct 1878

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The schooner KATE RICHMOND, of Buffalo, is ashore and full of water at Ashtabula. There is no insurance on the vessel, but the cargo is fully covered in the National Lloyds. The RICHMOND was built at Cleveland in 1855 and rebuilt in 1866, rating at the time of her disaster B 1. Her valuation, as determined by the underwriters, was $3,600. She was 239 tons burthen.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      Tuesday, October 5, 1878

      The schooner KATE RICHMOND, ashore near Astabula, is owned by Daniel Curry, of Buffalo. She was bound for Cleveland with a load of cinders, shipped by Pratt & Co., of that city. The cargo is full insured, but there is no insurance on the vessel. The RICHMOND ranks as B 1 1/2, and is valued by the underwriters as $3,600.
      The schr. KATE RICHMOND is ashore at Ashtabula. Her captain was here yesterday after a steam pump, and he reports that in trying to make that harbor with his canvas split and a part of it gone, he missed the river and went on the beach east of the pier, where he scuttled her to prevent her going further on. The tug FOREST CITY went to her relief last night.
      Cleveland Herald
      October 15, 1878

Ashtabula, Oct. 16 - The schr. KATE RICHMOND which went ashore here a few days ago, and which was scuttled to prevent her working up any higher, is being relieved of her cargo of cinders preparatory to raising her.
      Lake and River News. -- Wreckers were at work lightening the schooner KATE RICHMOND with steam pumps aboard. It was expected she would be got off Wednesday afternoon, if the weather would permit.
      Cleveland Herald
      October 17, 1878
The schooner KATE RICHMOND was towed in Ashtabula Harbor at 3:00 P.M. on Wednesday. About one-third of her cargo had to be taken out before she could be pulled off.
      Cleveland Herald
      October 18, 1878

      Toledo Commercial -- The KATE RICHMOND, ashore at Ashtabula is owned by Daniel Curry of Buffalo. She was bound for Cleveland loaded with cinders, shipped by Pratt & Co. of this city. The cargo is fully insured, but their is no insurance on the vessel. The RICHMOND ranks B1 1/2 and is valued by underwriters at $3,600.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      October 19, 1878 4-6

      steam pumps used upon the schr. KATE RICHMOND after they got her into Ashtabula Harbor gave out, and she sank again in one of the slips there, about 3 ft. of water covering her decks.
      Cleveland Herald
      October 21, 1878

The KATE RICHMOND which sank in this harbor after being pulled off the beach, has not yet been raised, and it is thought nothing will be done to her until next spring. - Ashtabula, Oct. 24.
      Cleveland Herald
      October 25, 1878

Capt. Dan Curry, of the schr. RICHMOND reached this city on Wednesday (10/23). The vessel has been abandoned to the insurance companies having policies on her cargo of cinder.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      October 25, 1878 4-7

Our Ashtabula correspondent writes that the tug FOREST CITY arrived from Cleveland Tuesday with a steam pump with which the sunken schr. RICHMOND will be raised. The RICHMOND, it will be remembered was owned in Buffalo last year and came into this harbor with a cargo of cinders. While lying at the dock she was struck by a passing boat and sunk. She was raised but sank again, and there remained until the present time. - Cleve. Herald.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      May 26, 1879 1-7

      Last fall in entering the harbor at Ashtabula during a storm, the schooner KATE RICHMOND ran against the pier and sunk. Lately she has been raised and towed to Cleveland, and concerning her, the Herald, of that city, yesterday contained the following:
      "When the KATE RICHMOND was docked at Presley & Co's., on Saturday, it was found that she would need about 80 feet of keel and a lot of planks in her bottom. She is about 24 years old, having been built here in 1855, by Calkins, and it will be remembered that she was bought by Capt. Bradley for $400 under water at Ashtabula. On looking her over on Saturday, Captain Bradley made considerable sport at the expense of the old craft. It is understood that she is condemned, and is to be beached as hardly worth the repairs.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Tuesday, May 27, 1879

Schooner KATE RICHMOND. U. S. No. 14038. Of 239.87 tons. Home port, Chicago, Ill.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871

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    Latitude: 41.86505 Longitude: -80.78981
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Kate Richmond (Schooner), U14038, aground, 15 Oct 1878