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Mediterranean (Schooner), U17029, sunk, 25 Sep 1891

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Chicago, Sept. 28. -- The schooner MEDITERRANEAN foundered 25 miles off Sheboygan, Friday morning. The crew were brought here today by the schooner JOHN MEE. The MEDITERRANEAN had a cargo of rock plaster from Alabaster to South Chicago. E. G. Kohnert was her master and owner, and she was valued at $5,000.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Monday, September 28, 1891

The crew of the schooner MEDITERRANEAN, which foundered in Lake Michigan, had a narrow escape according to the Chicago Times.
      The MEDITERRANEAN left Alabaster, on Saginaw Bay,a week ago, wIth a cargo of rock plaster for South Chicgo. When she got into Lake Michigan she encountered the heavy southwest winds prevailing of late, but
weathered them nicely until off Cheboygan at 9 o'clock Friday. When all seemed to be well, it was suddenly found that the schooner was sinking. Before there was time to start the pumps it was apparent that she would founder at once, and a rush was wade for the yawl boat. As the sailors ran for the yawl they seized life preservers and then pushed off. They had not gone 200 feet when the schooner reeled and shot to Ihe bottom.
      The sea was running prelty high and the crew began pulling for the shore. At times it seemed that theIr life-boat would not survive, and the life preservers were fastened about their bodies.
It was a welcome sight when we saw the sails of' a schooner," Capt. E. G. Kohnert said "and when we found she was coming towards us there was rejoicing in our lifeboat. Luckily it was warm, and the boys held out until the schooner came up, whIch proved to be the JOHN MEE. We were taken on board and treated flnely. No, I have no Idea as what caused the MEDITERRANEAN to go down. All that I know is that she sprung aleak. She was in condItIon as I spent $2,500 in rebuilding her last wInter. She was but partly Insured.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Tuesday, September 29, 1891
      . . . . .
      The schooner MEDITERRANEAN foundered near Cheboygan on Friday last. She had a cargo of rock plaster from Alabaster to South Chicago, E. G. Kohnert of Chicago was master and owner. She was valued at $5,000. The MEDITERRANEAN was built by Rogers at Sodus Point in 1859, and was therefore 32 years old. She measured only 227 tons, being one of the smaller of the canal schooners. Though so old she still rated A 2. as she had always been kept in fairly good condition.
      The Marine Review
      October 1, 1891

Schooner MEDITERRANEAN. U. S. No. 17029. Of 197.67 tons gross; 187.79 tons net. Built Sodus, N.Y., 1859. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 121.5 x 25.2 x 9.9
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: rock plaster
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.75083 Longitude: -87.71453
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Mediterranean (Schooner), U17029, sunk, 25 Sep 1891