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City of Toledo (Schooner), U4548, aground, 30 Aug 1892

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Manistee, Sept. 1. -- The schooner CITY OF TOLEDO, belonging to the Manistee Lumber Company, cleared from this port yesterday with a cargo of lumber. She was caught in the northwesterly gale and driven on the beach at Pierport, 18 miles north of here. She turned completely over in a few minutes and all hands on board were lost. She was commanded by Capt. John McMillan of this city. His two eldest daughters were on board with him. The crew consisted of six men. There was a heavy sea running when the boat went out, so much that the crew had to take to the rigging. Three hours afterwards she was sighted with her flag at half mast, making for the beach. The vessel now lies bottom up about 50 rods north of Pierport.
      Manistee, Sept. 1. -- Two tugs with hawsers and diver are at work on the schooner CITY OF TOLEDO trying to right her. Her anchors are holding her in the capsized position. The body of Lizzie McMillan, the cook, was found this morning about seven miles north of here.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Thursday, September 1, 1892

The schooner CITY OF TOLEDO, lumber laden from Manistee to Chicago, went ashore 14 miles north of Manistee, turned over and all hands on board were lost at about 6 o'clock Tuesday night. Nine were lost.
      Port Huron daily Times
      Thursday, september 1, 1892

Details of the wreck of the schooner CITY OF TOLEDO obtained from a messenger from Pierport show that all hands [7] were lost when the boat upset. The accident occured about 2 miles off Pierport and the boat drifted to within half a mile of the beach, where it now lies.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, September 2, 1892

Sault Ste. Marie, Sept. 1. - As was feared the loss of the schooner CITY OF TOLEDO Tuesday afternoon was followed by the news of another disaster. [steamer WESTERN RESERVE]
      Chicago Inter-Ocean
      September 2, 1892

Cleveland, Sept. 22. -- The wrecked schooner CITY OF TOLEDO which drowned her entire crew here a fortnight ago, started for Luddington this morning in tow of two tugs, WHEERER and BARNES. She is being towed bottom side up, with her hold still full of lumber. She will be righted at Luddington and then towed to Milwaukee or Manitowoc for a rebuild. Capt. Neff has purchased the wreck.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Thursday, September 22, 1892
Steamer CITY OF TOLEDO. U. S. No. 4548. Of 315.88 tons gross. Of 230 horsepower. Home port, Toledo, Ohio.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1868

Schooner CITY OF TOLEDO. U. S. No. 4548. Of 245 tons gross; 233 tons net. BuiltToledo, Ohio, 1865. Home port, Toledo, Ohio. 160.5 x 25.0 x 8.8 Crew of 6
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1903

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Reason: aground
Lives: 9
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Raised
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 44.24445 Longitude: -86.32425
William R. McNeil
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City of Toledo (Schooner), U4548, aground, 30 Aug 1892