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Nellie A. Duff (Schooner), U130334, sunk, 13 Oct 1895

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      The Schooner NELLIE DUFF Foundered Off Lorain, O., Last Night--One man Rescued.
Lorain, Oct. 14. - The schooner NELLIE DUFF foundered two miles off this port last night. The captain and two men were drowned. One man was rescued.
      Columbus, O., Oct. 14 - A special to the dispatch from Lorain says a tug brought in a man found clinging to a mast. He was unable to talk. His vessel is said to have sunk and eight lives lost.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Monday, October 14, 1895

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      Off The Lorain Harbor And Three Persons Were Drowned.
      Lorain, O., Oct. 15. - The schooner NELLIE DUFF, hailing from Detroit and bound from Pelee Island to Cleveland, loaded with gravel, sank two miles off Lorain Harbor shortly after midnight last night and the captain and two members of the crew were drowned. A heavy sea was running and the schooner sprang a leak and went down while trying to make this port. Capt. Peterson and seaman John Hagerman, both of Pomeroy, O., and an unknown sailor hailing from Cleveland were drowned. Fishermen brought in word early this morning that wreckage was floating in on the beach, and the tug CASCADE immediately started out and after half an hour discovered the spars of the schooner sticking above the water about two miles out. A man was found clinging to the topmast in almost a lifeless condition. He was picked up and brought in. He gave his name as George Wilson, but is in such an exhausted condition that he has as yet been unable to give an intelligible account of the wreck.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Tuesday, October 15, 1895

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      The schooner NELLIE DUFF foundered two miles off Lorain Monday. The Captain and two men were drowned; one man rescued. She was bound from Pelee Island to Cleveland with gravel.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, October 15, 1895
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      Schooner NELLIE A. DUFF. U. S. No. 130334. Of 54.15 tons gross; 51.45 tons net. Built at Port Clinton, Ohio in 1885. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 77.0 x 20.0 x 5.7
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1895

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 3 ?
Freight: gravel
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.45282 Longitude: -82.18237
William R. McNeil
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Nellie A. Duff (Schooner), U130334, sunk, 13 Oct 1895