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Thomas C. Street (Schooner), C74372, capsized, 17 May 1876

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A WRECK ON LAKE ERIE. -- Buffalo, May 18. -- The schooner THOMAS C. STREET, bound up from the Welland Canal, was struck by a squall six miles this side of Long Point and capsized yesterday. Six of the crew were drowned, including Charles Roach, first mate, of Saginaw, Michigan.
      Cleveland Herald
      Friday, May 19, 1876
LOSS OF THE SCHOONER THOMAS C. STREET. -- The Buffalo express of the 19th inst. has the following account of the loss of the schooner THOMAS C. STREET, and the drowning of six men:
Early yesterday morning the propeller VANDERBILT arrived in the harbor, bringing the survivors of the schooner THOMAS C. STREET, of St. Catharines, which was capsized on Wednesday morning off Long Point. The schooner was bound up the lake, flying light, from the Welland Canal, and when opposite that ugly neck of land, Long Point, was struck by a squall, capsized, and six of her crew drowned. The STREET was under full sail and was lying becalmed at the time the squall struck her; such was its violence that the vessel was turned completely over, the water at this point being very deep. When she went over, the greater part of the crew were below. The captain and second mate, who happened to be in the cabin, received timely warning and reached the deck thus escaping the fate of those below.
      The tug H. G. NOLTON, Captain Edward Maythem went to their relief, and succeeded in picking up the acting captain, Thomas T. Doyle, a sailor named W. J. Howard, of Buffalo, and the second mate, whose name is J. H. Hooper, of Bay City, Mich. Howard found refuge on the bottom of the vessel, and was taken off in an unconscious condition, it was fully two hours before he was resuscitated. A fourth man, who was seen clinging to the rudder chains of the STREET, fell into the water and sank just before the NOLTON reached the wreck. Great credit is due Captain Maythem for his prompt assistance, the rescued Captain Doyle stated that he could not have held out more than twenty minutes longer.
      Among the missing are the first mate, Charles Rose, of East Saginaw, unmarried; the steward, John Walker, of Port Dover, Ont., who has a family residing there; John Gaffney, a seaman, and three other sailors, who shipped at Port Colborne, but whose names are unknown. The rescued men were transferred in a few hours to the propeller VANDERBILT and brought to this city early yesterday morning.
      The wrecked vessel is a full-sized Canadian schooner, fully insured in Dominion companies. It is reported that she is now lying on her side near the place where she capsized. An expedition, under the charge of Captain John Rice, left for the scene of the disaster last night. It comprised the tug CROWELL, with the schooner ATWATER, both well provided with steam pumps and wrecking apparatus.
      Cleveland Herald
      Saturday, May 20, 1876
      Buffalo Items. -- The Commercial of Saturday says: Mr. L. B. Fortier last evening received the following dispatch from Capt. John Rice, in relation to the wrecked bark THOMAS C. STREET; "We found the STREET ten miles northeast from Long Point. We righted her up and towed her under the Point. She has fifteen feet water over deck amidship. Her center board is down and jammed. When we get it clear we will tow her ashore. If I can ger the rail out I will pump; if not, I must raise her. We are stripping canvas.
      Cleveland Herald.
      Monday, May 22, 1876

      THE SCHOONER STREET. -- The Buffalo Courier of the 26th says: About five o'clock yesterday morning the tug CROWELL arrived in this harbor with the bark THOMAS C. STREET, which it will be remembered, capsized in the vicinity of Long Point one week ago Wednesday. The vessel did not present such a demoralized appearance as was anticipated, the foremast and gear being gone, and the rigging broken some. The STREET remained at Central Wharf until about 6 o'clock, when she was taken to Mills & Co.'s dry dock, where the steam pumps were to be removed. There was some water in the hold, but she did not leak. Her repairs, it is thought, will not cost more than $1,000. Captain John Rice, who had charge of the expedition, reports that only the body of the cook was found.
      Cleveland Herald
      Saturday, May 27, 1876
      Bark THOS. CLARK STREET. Official Canada No. 74372. Of 319 tons register. Built St. Catharines, Ont., 1869. Home port, St. Catharines. 138.4 x 25.6 x 11.5 Owned by Hagerty & Grassett, Toronto, Ont.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1898

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    Latitude: 42.555833 Longitude: -80.197222
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Thomas C. Street (Schooner), C74372, capsized, 17 May 1876