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Penokee (Schooner), U20468, sunk, 18 Sep 1895

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      Unknown Vessel Capsized And Went To The Bottom--Only One Of Her Crew Saved.
Alpena, Mich, Sept. 19. - Capt. Titus of the schooner J.B. KITCHEN reported yesterday that when 15 miles off Point Au Barques Tuesday noon, he saw a schooner capsize and go to the bottom. She was apparently struck by a sudden squall, and after the accident the lost boat's yawl was seen pulling for a steamer that was passing down the lake and very near the schooner. There was only one man on board the yawl, and he was picked up by the steamer, which continued on her way.
      Capt. Titus says that the lost vessel was about 300 tons measurement, fore and aft rigged, and carried a square sail. The hull was painted black. After she went to the bottom the topmast appeared above the water. It was evident that the rest of the crew were drowned.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Thursday, September 19, 1895

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      Schooner Believed To Have Gone Down On Lake Michigan With Her Crew Of Seven.
      Cleared From Here Aug. 27 Laden With Coal--None Of Her Crew From This City.
      She Belongs To Erie, Pa.
      Milwaukee, Wis., Sept. 20. - It is reported that the schooner PENOKEE has gone down with all hands.
      The PENOKEE left Buffalo for Milwaukee with 564 tons of coal 27 days ago. Since it left, nothing has been heard of her. She carried a crew of about seven men. There is no insurance on the boat.
      From the description of the schooner which was struck by a waterspout off Point Aux Barques, in Saginaw Bay, it is thought it may have been the PENOKEE
      By inquiry at the local shipping office, it was learned that there were no Buffalo men on board the PENOKEE. There may have been Tonawanda men, as the boat more frequently sailed from there than from this port.
      The custom house records show that the PENOKEE is owned and sailed by Captain A.P. Klumpsh and belongs to Erie, Pa. Captain Klumpsh resided near there.
      The schooner cleared from this port on Aug. 27 for Milwaukee with 675 tons of coal aboard and has not been reported.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Friday, September 20, 1895
It is reported that the schooner PENOKEE has gone down with all hands. She left Buffalo for Milwaukee with coal 27 days ago and nothing has been heard from her since. There were about 7 crew aboard.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, September 21, 1895
Schooner PENOKEE. U. S. No. 20468. Of 332.27 tons gross; 315.66 tons net. Built at Milwaukee, Wis., in 1872. Home port, Erie, Pa. 139.2 x 26.3 x 11.2
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1895

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 7
Freight: coal
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Penokee (Schooner), U20468, sunk, 18 Sep 1895