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Comrade (Schooner), U34132, sunk, 1 Sep 1890

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The schooner COMRADE broke away from the steambarge COLUMBIA last Saturday in Lake Superior and has not been seen since. It is thought that the COMRADE has gone down with all hands. The vessel carried a crew of eight persons.
      Buffalo Evening News
      September 16, 1890
      Duluth, Sept. 17. -- Capt. J. H. Coulter of the steamer LOUISIANA, and Capt. J. T. Hutton of the steamer JOHN, which arrived here yesterday, confirm the loss of the COMRADE. Capt. Coulter said he passed the wreckage of a vessel between Eagle River and the Portage canal Sunday afternoon. Capt. Hutton stated that at 6:30 Monday morning in the same vicinity he passed through wreckage consisting of a vessel's forward house, mizzen mast and yawl. The yawl was upside down and bore the name COMRADE of Huron. There is no doubt that the eight hands went down by the capsizing of the yawl.
      Buffalo Evening News
      September 17, 1890

      Treacherous Lake Superior.
The loss of the schooner COMRADE furnishes another sad but interesting study regarding the dangers of Lake Superior. The big lake has its treacherous peculiarities, and the comment attending a disaster of this kind always refers more to the chances of a crew driven to seek refuge in a small boat or raft than to the accident itself. The drag attached to the stern of the COMRADE's yawl when found after the accident shows conclusively that the unfortunate crew had prepared for the worst, but is it not probable that they went down with the suction attending the immense chasm of water, caused by the departure of the vessel to her final resting place? Had they quitted the boat before she went down, what hope could they have entertained for life in the mountainous seas and the water that rises but a few degrees above the freezing point ? The loss of this crew is certainly most distressing, and is evidence that the distressed mariner's hope for rescue on Lake Superior is in most cases against fate.
When in the schooner EXILE, Capt. Peterson was at one time unheard of for two weeks, and he had several times been reported lost, but lie has sailed his last voyage. The mate, Frank Blatt, of Huron, was making his first trip on the boat.
      Marine Review
      September 25, 1890

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 8
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.00011 Longitude: -76.98274
William R. McNeil
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Comrade (Schooner), U34132, sunk, 1 Sep 1890