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Mary Jane (Schooner), sunk, 21 Nov 1881

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      The Schooner MARY JANE Lost With All On Board.
      She Is Wrecked In The Same Storm In Which The E.P. DORR Went Down. Buffalo, November 23. -- The Canadian barkentine MARY JANE left Port Colborne on November 14 with a cargo of telegraph poles from Port Hope, Ont., for Erie, Pa. Nothing was seen or heard of her till yesterday, when the wrecked hull was driven on the beach near Dunkirk. She left the Welland canal on the same day when the DORR was last seen, and likely was wrecked the same night, which was very stormy, with snow squalls. Wreckage, including boxes with her name, has come ashore at Dunkirk. The vessel was commanded by Capt. Flanagan, who was her principal owner, and it is almost certain that all of her crew, consisting of six souls have been lost. The MARY JANE was built at St. Catharines in 1866, measured 370 tons, rated B 2 and was valued at $6,000.
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      THE MISSING MARY JANE - THE E.P. DORR. Port Colborne, November 23. -- The schooner MARY JANE, which is reported lost off Dunkirk, left here about 8 a. m. Saturday last bound for Erie with telegraph poles. Towards evening the wind shifted to the Southwest and blew a gale. The MARY JANE was an old vessel and rated B 1. She was valued at $5,500. She was sailed by captain P. Flanagan, of Toronto, who owned a portion of her.
      As yet none of the bodies of the crew of the lost schooner E.P. DORR have been found. A piece with the vessel's name on was picked up near Point Abino yesterday and brought here.
      The J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, November 1881

Specials from Dunkirk say the steamer (sic) MARY JANE of St. Catharines, was wrecked five miles off east Dunkirk. There are no signs of the crew. The vessel is a total wreck. Boxes marked the "MARY JANE" are coming ashore near Dunkirk.
      Cleveland Herald
      Friday, November 25, 1881

      Buffalo Express:-- A quantity of telegraph poles came ashore at Dunkirk, Tuesday with a portion of a mast and part of a ship's cabin containing a cupboard with a few papers, which state that the master's name was P. Flanigan, of St. Catharines, Ont., and that the vessel was the schooner MARY JANE, of that place. There was yesterday no signs of the hull of the vessel. It is probable all on board were lost. Nothing could be ascertained of the locality of the disaster. The schooner MARY JANE was a vessel of 370 tons burden, and was built at St. Catharines, in 1866, by L. Shickluna. She was owned by Flanigan and others of that port, was valued at $5,200, and rated B 2 in the Inland Lloyds register. She had but two masts, consequently the three masts observed on the other side of the lake belonged to some other unfortunate craft - perhaps the WILLIE KELLER.
      Cleveland Herald
      November 25, 1881

The MARY JANE, off Dunkirk, in Lake Erie, and all the crew, seven in number, lost, November 18th.
      Serious Disasters in 1881
      Cleveland Herald
      December 12, 1881

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 6
Freight: telegraph poles
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.4795 Longitude: -79.33393
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Mary Jane (Schooner), sunk, 21 Nov 1881