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Schuylkill (Barge), U115145, sunk, 6 Oct 1889


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The propeller BESSEMER owned by the Lake Michigan & Lake Superior Transportation Co., and the barge SCHUYLKILL are total wrecks near the entrance to the Portage Lake Ship Canal. Both vessels were laden with ore and opened up and sunk in a gale. The SCHUYLKILL is a total wreck and the BESSEMER is probably beyond reach of the wrecker. The BESSEMER was valued at $30,000 and insured for $25,000. The SCHUYLKILL is valued at $18,000 and insured for $15,166.
      Chicago Inter-Ocean
      October 6, 1889

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      THE CREW WERE SAVED.
Hancock, Mich., Oct. 7. - The steamer BESSEMER and consort SCHUYLKILL, of Cleveland, were wrecked at the mouth of Lake Superior ship canal. The crew of nineteen men were saved with difficulty by the Life Saving crew under command of Capt. Ocha. Loss on vessels and cargo, $80,000 to $100,000. A terrific storm is now sweeping over Lake Superior.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Monday, October 7, 1889

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      Schooner SCHUYLKILL of 472 tons, sank 1 mile North west of the old Portage Lake Ship Canal, near the north end of Lake Superior, October 5, 1889. Cargo- iron ore.
      from "Great Wrecks of the Great Lakes"
      by Stonehouse

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      SCHUYLKILL schooner, became a total loss October 5, 1889 on Lake Superior in a heavy Northwest gale while trying to make a port of safety. No lives lost. Estimated value of vessel $20,000.
      U. S. Weather Bureau's Report of Great
      Lakes, Total Wrecks 1885 to 1893

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The wrecks of the schooner SCHUYLKILL and steamer BESSEMER have been removed from the Portage Canal.
      Buffalo Evening News
      September 18, 1890
     
     
      Schooner SCHUYLKILL. U. S. No. 115145. Of 472.48 tons gross. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1873. Home port, Erie, Pa.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

     
NAME: SCHUYLKILL
RIG: Schooner
OFFICIAL NO: 115145
SIGNAL LETTERS:
LOA: 152.0
BEAM: 31.0
DEPTH: 12.0
GROSS: 472.48 (1873; 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878); 474.28 (1879); 474.48 (1880); 472.48 (1880-81;
1882; 1883; 1884; 1885
NET: 472.48 (1885
YEAR BUILT: 1873
STATE: NY
CITY: Buffalo
HOME PORT: Erie, PA (1873; 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878; 1879; 1880; 1880-81; 1882; 1883; 1884; 1885
YEARS LISTED: 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878; 1879; 1880; 1880-81; 1882; 1883; 1884; 1885
NOTES:
      MVUS, pre-list to 1885
     


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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: iron ore
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1889
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Local identifier:
McN.W.19643
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Schuylkill (Barge), U115145, sunk, 6 Oct 1889