There seems to be no doubt that the schooner WINDIATE, which left Chicago for Buffalo with a cargo of grain three weeks ago, has foundered and that her entire crew, nine in number, perished.
December 17, 1875
WHERE IS THE WINDIATE ? -- Is was the sad duty of the Inter-Ocean last fall to announce the loss of the schooner WINDIATE with all hands. The vessel left Milwaukee with grain for below, and was never afterward heard from. It was so late in the season when she set sail that there were comparatively few crafts remaining in commission, and it could not be learned that the masters of any other vessels had even seen her after she was a day out of Milwaukee. None of the bodies of her unfortunate crew have been found, and while it is generally conceded that she foundered at the foot of this lake, it is not certainly known that she did not get through the Straits, and meet her terrible fate in Lake Huron. A relative of one of the victims of the disaster writes the Inter-Ocean requesting that the masters of the first down and up fleets be asked to keep a lookout for the wreck, "as there is a bare possibility that some portion of it is above the surface at some point." This request, we are sure, the masters will comply with, and promptly report if the whereabouts of the WINDIATE are discovered. But it very probable that she went down in deep water, and it is not likely that she will ever he seen again unless some diver accidentally discovers her. The WINDIATE followed the many other canal-built and canal-damaged vessels which have disappeared with their crews and never again been seen or heard from. --- Chicago Inter-Ocean.
Wednesday, April 19, 1876
KEEP A LOOK OUT:-- Vessel masters are requested to keep a good look-out this spring for some signs of the wreck of the ill-fated schooner WINDIATE, which was supposed to have gone down at the lower end of Lake Michigan last fall. A relative of one of the victims makes the suggestion. It is possible that some portions may be afloat or extended above water, but it is quite probable she went down in deep water.
April 22, 1876
Schooner CORNELIA B. WINDIATE. U. S. No. 125375. Of 332.39 tons gross. Home port, Manitowoc, Wis. Noted as wrecked in 1876.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1876.
Schooner CORNELIA B. WINDIATE. U. S. No. 125375. Of 332 tons gross. Built Manitowoc, Wis., 1874. three masts. 138.6 x 26.2 x 11.6
Herman Runge List
Manitowoc Shipbuilding: -- Work will be commenced on a new schooner for Thomas Windiate about the 4th of March. She will measure 135 feet keel, 145 feet overall, 28 feet beam, 10 feet hold, and is to carry 20,000 bushels of wheat. $22,000 will complete her, and by the first of August she will be launched.
Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
March 10, 1873