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M. J. Wilcox (Barge), U17617, sunk, 8 May 1906

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Colchester, May 9. -- A barge with two masts lies sunk off here one-quarter of a mile from shore. The decks are under water, but there are evidences that the crew escaped. The wreck was apparently an old schooner, bound up with coal. Thus far it has been impossible to get particulars, but the vessel foundered some time in the night.
The vessel proved to be the M. I. WILCOX of Vermilion, O. She was loaded with 71,118 tons of coal at Huron, for the Pittsburg Coal Company. The captain expected to get a tug at Green Island, but failed to do so. He then started for Detroit River under sail, but was caught in the gale last night.
      According to information received locally, the wrecks of the ALGERIA and the IRON QUEEN at Cleveland be laid almost directly to the marine strike. The ALGERIA was towed to a point several points outside of the Cleveland breakwater by the steamer BULGARIA, where the latter left her, and owing to inability to obtain a tug the ALGERIA had to remain outside, where she was caught in the storm. The IRON QUEEN was also towed to a point outside the breakwater, and a tug could not be obtained to take her inside.
It will be noticed that the WILCOX also was unable to get a tug and started out under sail, with disastrous consequences.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Wednesday, May 9, 1906

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Detroit, May 10. - The crew of the schooner WILCOX, which is sunk in 24 feet of water off Colchester, arrived here yesterday. Four man and a woman cook were on the schooner and lost all effects. Pumps were worked for more than 10 hours before escape was made to the yawl boat. Pumps were not effective, being choked up most of the time.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Thursday, May 10, 1906

Schooner M.J. WILCOX. U. S. No. 17617. Of 377 tons gross; 358 tons net. Built Toledo, Ohio in 1868 by Bailey. Of 137.0 x 27.6 x 14.0 x Built of oak. Owned by Thomas Murphy.
      Great Lakes Register, 1900
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Schooner M.J. WILCOX. U.S. No. 17617. Of 377 tons gross; 358 tons net. Built Toledo, Ohio, 1868. Home port, Sandusky, Ohio. 137.0 x 27.5 x 12.7 Crew of 6.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1904
Schooner M.J. WILCOX. U.S. No. 17617. Of 377 tons gross. Built 1868. Stranded May 8, 1906 on Colchester Point, Ont. Five person on board, no lives were lost.
      Loss of American Vessels During Fiscal year 1906
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1906


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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 41.98339 Longitude: -82.93314
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M. J. Wilcox (Barge), U17617, sunk, 8 May 1906