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Atlanta (Schooner), U106746, sunk, 4 May 1891

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Saginaw, Mich., May 6. -- The schooner ATLANTIC, owned in this city, foundered 20 miles from Whitefish Point, Lake Superior, Monday night, and five of her crew of seven were lost. She was bound from Buffalo to Duluth with coal, in tow of the WILHELM. Her cargo and hull insurance were written by Fleming & McCurdy of Chicago.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Wednesday, May 6, 1891

Further Particulars About the Loss of the ATLANTA. -- Later particulars show that on Monday morning, when off Sable Bank, a heavy gale from the northeast prevailing, the tow line of the ATLANTA parted at 2 o'clock, 20 miles northwest of No. 10 life-saving station. She stood the breakers until 10 o'clock when she foundered. The crew endeavored to reach the shore in yawls, but five of them perished in the attempt. The crew from the life-saving station put out in the breakers and succeeded in saving two of the ill-fated schooner's men. Their names are John Rickle and Eli Wait.
The ATLANTA was coal laden for Ashland. She was built in 1890 by Davidson of Bay City and owned by Eastman of Saginaw. She was valued at $28,000 and classed A 1 with net tonnage of 570.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Wednesday, May 7, 1891
The schooner ATLANTA went down in the storm on Lake Superior near Whitefish Point and five of the seven crewmen were drowned when their yawl capsized in the breakers upon reaching shore. The crew took to the yawl boat when it was apparent the schooner was foundering. She lies in 150 feet of water. She was bound from Saginaw to Duluth with coal in tow of the steamer WILHELM. The three masted ATLANTA was new last year and was valued at $28,000.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, May 11, 1891

      We read in the 'Cleveland Leader' of the loss on Monday last, May 4th, of the barge ATLANTA, commanded by Capt. J. L. Knowlton. The boat foundered near Sable bank, when the crew, numbering seven men, endeavored to save themselves in the yawl boats. Two of the men, who are strangers to us, were saved by the crew from the life saving station, the other five being undoubtedly lost.
      Capt. James Knowlton, who was well known on the island, having lived here the greater part of his early life. We trust he may yet turn up all safe, but fear that he has been one of many who has had to succumb to the perils of the deep. Mr. Knowlton is a son of Mrs. Lafayette Knowlton and a brother of Mrs. Henry Englebeck, of Piccolo, Ottawa county, ohio.
      Sandusky Register
      May 9, 1891 pg. 1 col. 2

Schooner ATLANTA, coal laden, parted her tow-line in a heavy northwest gale on Lake Superior May 7, 1891. After drifting for some hours she foundered and became a total loss through stress of weather. 5 lives lost. Estimated value of vessel and cargo, $37,000.
      Report of the U. S. Weather Bureau
      Wreck of the Great lakes, 1885 to 1893
Schooner ATLANTA. U. S. No. 106746. Of 599.93 tons gross; 569.94 tons net. Built West Bay City, Mich., 1890. Home port, Port Huron, Mich. 172.0 x 34.0 x 12.6
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1890

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 5
Freight: coal
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 46.76947 Longitude: -84.95258
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Atlanta (Schooner), U106746, sunk, 4 May 1891