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Lem Ellsworth (Schooner), U140062, aground, 29 Nov 1886

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Marine Casualties - Two Schooners Ashore and Two Lives Lost - Particulars of the Accidents.
      A special to the Times from Cape Vincent today, says the schooner LEM ELLSWORTH, loaded with corn from Chicago to Ogdensburg went ashore on the head of Carlton Island yesterday during the snow storm. The tug PROCTOR went to pull her off, but she was too hard aground and the effort was a failure. A lighter was brought up today, and about 2,000 bushels of corn will have to be taken off before she can be floated. The ELLSWORTH is owned in Oswego and sailed by Capt. Murray. She is not leaking, and her cargo will not be damaged.
Last night while trying to release the schooner Charles W. Vorce, an Oswego sailor on handling the tow line attached to the tug PROCTOR, was caught between the deck and the line, receiving injuries in the region of the chest from which he died this morning.
It seems fortunate that there has been so little loss of life on Lake Ontario during the bad weather that has been experienced during the past week. Last Tuesday the schooner COMANCHE, commanded by Capt. Wm. Becker of Oswego, laden with 21,000 bushels of corn from Chicago to Ogdensburg, was caught in a squall on the lake and her spars partly carried away. The crew did their best to run the vessel into a safe harbor, but were unable to do so.
Saturday night about 8 o'clock the schooner had drifted to the west of Point Peninsula where she ran on a shoal about three-fourths of a mile from the mainland. The COMANCHE had a draft of about 11 feet, and there is about 9 feet of water over the shoal on which she struck. A large hole was stove in her bottom and the cargo will all be damaged.
Lying as she does, it is possible the vessel may be saved. the COMANCHE was owned by Capt. Becker and Albert Quonce of Oswego. There was on board when she struck a crew of eight persons, who were about worn out with their labors to keep the craft afloat. They were taken from the wreck Sunday morning, and while engaged in their rescue, Fred Tucker, a young farmer living on Point Peninsula, lost his life by drowning.
The life-boat, manned by Spencer Holbrook, William Graves and Tucker, had made four trips to the wreck and taken off all the crew except Capt. Becker. On the fifth and last trip the boat was swamped and young Tucker went down. The other occupants narrowly escaped the same fate. Tucker was a single man and his parents live at Sandy Creek. He has a brother living at Three Mile Bay.
      Watertown Daily Times
      Mon., November 29, 1886

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      Marine Disasters
      The Lem Ellsworth Ashore on Carlton Island - Charles W. Vorce one of Her Crew Killed
      Cape Vincent, Nov. 29. - The schooner Lem Ellsworth corn for Ogdensburg went ashore near Carlton island Sunday noon. The tug Proctor went to her assistance last night but could not pull her off. A lighter has been sent
for. Charles W. Vorce a sailor on the Ellsworth, became caught in the tow line last night and received injuries which resulted in his death this morning. he was a resident of Oswego where his remains will be forwarded.
The Ellsworth was built at Milwaukee in 1874 measures 323 tons ranked A 2 and was valued by the Lloyds at $9,000. She was owned by Finn Bros. and others, hailing from Oswego and was insured for $7,500. She was rebuilt last spring. it was not know whether the freight list was insured. Charles W. Vorce who lost his life, was a well known resident of the First Ward. He was about 32 years age, unmarried, and lived with his widowed mother on West Ninth, between Seneca and Cayuga streets. Mr. Vorce was a member of the Sailors¹ union, and they will take charge of the body.
The remains of C.W. Vorce will arrive here at 9:30 tonight.
      Oswego Palladium
      November 30, 1886

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      The Late Charles Vorce
      Arrival of His Remains - A Sad and Touching Incident.
      The remains of Charles R. Vorce, a sailor on the schooner Lem Ellsworth, who was caught in a tow line Sunday night and received injuries from which he died, arrived here on the 9:30 train on the R.W.& O. and last evening were taken directly to Perham¹s undertaking rooms. this morning the body was taken home.
A peculiarly sad and touching incident is told in connection with the death of the young man. On leaving the canal a few days since Vorce wrote to his widowed mother, whose sole support he was, telling her that he would be home on Monday noon. Accordingly Mrs. Vorce waited patiently for him. Two marine men who had been requested by Capt. Murray of the Ellsworth to notify Mrs. Vorce of her son¹s death, were so impressed with the sadness of the situation that they decided to go to Rev. Mr. Parker and ask him to convey the news to Mrs. Vorce, which he did.
      Oswego Palladium
      November 31, 1886
Schooner LEM ELLSWORTH. U. S. No. 140062. oF 340.14 tons gross; 323.13 tons net. Built Milwaukee, Wis., 1874. Home port, Oswego, N.Y. 138.0 x 26.0 x 11.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1886

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    Latitude: 44.18338 Longitude: -76.29133
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Lem Ellsworth (Schooner), U140062, aground, 29 Nov 1886