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Mont Blanc (Schooner), U16344, sunk, 13 Oct 1901

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The schooner MONT BLANC, coal laden, sprung a leak on Lake Erie in Saturday night's gale and went down 2 miles from Bar Point. The water is not deep where she sank and the crew saved themselves by climbing the rigging. They were rescued by the tug CHEBOYGAN Sunday morning. The MONT BLANC was bound for Port Huron from Toledo in tow of the tug GLADIATOR. The boat came out in 1867 and was owned by John Little of Port Huron. She was 137 x 26 and 174 tons net
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, October 14, 1901

A severe gale which swept over Lake Erie Saturday night caused the schooner MONT BLANC to spring a leak and sink two miles out from bar Point. As the water where the vessel went down is not very deep the crew were able to save themselves by climbing into the rigging, and tug SHEBOYGAN rescued then Sunday morning. All had suffered greatly from exposure, and Mrs. Little, the captain's wife, is now seriously ill in consequence. The MONT BLANC was bound from Toledo to Port Huron with coal, and in company with the schooner s MINERAL STATE, JOHN KELDERHOUSE and E. C. ROBERTS were being towed by the tug GLADIATOR. The leakage when discovered had got beyond the capacity of the vessel's pumps. nevertheless the crew worked hard to hold it in check until a place of safety could be reached. The MONT BLANC is a vessel of the old Welland canal type, she came out in 1867 and has a gross measurement of 288 tons. She was worth probably $5,000. Her cargo consists of about 550 tons of soft coal. This, with the vessel, will prove a total loss.
      Assorted newspaper Clippings
      October 15, 1901
      Amherstburg, Oct. 18. -- The sunken schooner MONT BLANC is to be stripped. It will not pay to repair her and her hull will be blown up.
      Duluth Evening Herald
      October 19, 1901
      Detroit, Mich., Nov. 9. -- The wrecker MARY GROH and the tug WELDEMAN have gone with a wrecking outfit to the sunken schooner MONT BLANC at Bar Point, lake Erie, and will attempt to raise the craft.
      Marine Record
      November 9, 1901
Schooner MONT BLANC. U. S. No. 16344. Of 288.66 tons gross; 274.23 tons net. Built Clayton, N.Y., 1867. Home port, Port Huron, Mich. 137.5 x 26.1 x 11.3
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1897

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Freight: coal
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.055277 Longitude: -83.116388
William R. McNeil
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Mont Blanc (Schooner), U16344, sunk, 13 Oct 1901