The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
F. L. Danforth (Schooner), U, aground, 21 Apr 1893

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      Chicago, April 21. -- After battling with the wind and sea for over 80 hours, with the rudder unshipped and the tow post gone, the crew of the schooner R. B. HAYES last night abandoned their vessel and were taken aboard of the steamer A. P. WRIGHT, which had the schooner in tow. The WRIGHT left here Wednesday night with the schooners HAYES and F. L. DANFORTH in tow. In about two hours the gals struck them, and from that time on the progress was laborious in the extreme. About midnight the line to the DANFORTH parted, and by ? o'clock yesterday morning she had gone on the beach off this city and became a total wreck
      From that time nothing was heard from the WRIGHT and HAYES until after midnight last night, when the WRIGHT succeeded in making the harbor here. Then crews of both boats reported that they had abandoned the schooner when about 30 miles northeast of this city, as she was about to founder. The HAYES was loaded with 50,000 bushels of corn. It is thought by the captain of the HAYES that it was impossible for the vessel to have lived more than two or three hours after she was abandoned.
      LATER; -- Insurance Companies at noon ordered the tug MORFORD with the life-saving crew to join in the search for the HAYES. The boat is insured for $5,000, and is owned by Gilchrist of Cleveland. The WRIGHT left this morning without a tow for Buffalo.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Friday, April 21, 1893
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The scow LAURINA, lumber laden, went ashore near Milwaukee Wednesday. The schooner KEWANEE went ashore at Racine Thursday. The three-masted schooner L.P. DANFORTH was driven ashore 4 miles north of Chicago Thursday. She was owned by J.C. Higgie and valued at $20,000. She will be a total loss.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, April 21, 1893
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Chicago, April 24. -- The corn cargo of the stranded schooner F. L. DANFORTH is being pumped into the lake today prior to her release.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Monday, April 24, 1893
      Chicago, April 26. -- Last night's wind is believed to have broken the schooner DANFORTH in two, as the stern swings back and forth with every wave, while the rest of the boat is firmly aground on the bar. Five more hours of geed weather would have saved the schooner. The wreck was left resting on the bar, nearly amidships and the sea washed the sand out from under the stern. She will doubtless be a total wreck.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Wednesday, April 26, 1893

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: corn
Remarks: Got off
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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F. L. Danforth (Schooner), U, aground, 21 Apr 1893