Thomas L. Parker (Schooner), U145264, disabled, 23 Nov 1891
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SCHOONER T. L. PARKER ABANDONED.
Ashtabula, Nov. 25. -- The schooner THOMAS L. PARKER was sighted yesterday morning lying at anchor in deep water off Woodland Beach Park. About 8 o'clock she hoisted a signal of distress and the tugs WISCONSIN and JOHN GORDON were sent to her aid at once. The WISCONSIN returned about an hour later for fuel but the GORDON remained by the boat and with much difficulty, succeeded, about 11 o'cock, in
transferring the crew of eight men and a woman cook from the schooner safely aboard the tug and brought them to land.
Capt. F. E. Johnson was in command of the PARKER, which is loaded with hard coal from Buffalo to South Chicago. She left buffalo at 11 o'clock Sunday morning in tow of the steamer P. J. RALPH. The steamer lay off Long Point eight hours, and the gale increased so that she had to drop her tow line. The first squall carried away the PARKER's foresail, and her mainsail and jibs went in the succeeding gusts. In this disabled condition she drifted about Monday. That evening about 9 o'clock, she dropped her anchor, dragging it for about five miles to the place where the boat now lies. Her rudder is damaged so that it is useless. The waves swept in the cabin windows and carried away the yawl and everything loose upon the decks. The cook's stove was upset, the cabin caught fire and it was with difficulty the flames were subdued.
The PARKER was built at Manitowoc in 1881. She is of 597 tons register, valued at about $26,000 and rated A 1½ in Inland Lloyds.
Wednesday, November 25, 1891
NAME: THOMAS L. PARKER
OFFICIAL NO: 145264
GROSS: 628.41 (1882; 1883; 1884; 1885
NET: 596.99 (1884; 1885
YEAR BUILT: 1881
HOME PORT: Chicago, IL (1882; 1883; 1884; 1885
YEARS LISTED: 1882; 1883; 1884; 1885
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