The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Samuel L. Watson (Schooner), U115270, sunk, 19 Sep 1900

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The schooners TASMANIA and MICHIGAN which were ashore near Whitefish Point, were released before tugs got to them. The schooner S. L. WATSON, owned by J. C. Gilchrist of Cleveland, which was sent to the Atlantic last fall, foundered off Cape Cod yesterday.
      Milwaukee Wisconsin
      September 20, 1900
      The Well-Known Old lake Schooner Founders Off Cape Cod.
      The SAMUEL L. WATSON was built twenty six years ago at this port by the late Capt. J. M. Jones, registered 606 gross tons, and was 177 x 32 x 13 feet in dimensions. In her day she was one of the crack sailers of a great fleet of fine schooners in which the bulk of the lake freight was carried. Her original cost was about $50,000. She is the second total loss Gilchrist has sustained in two weeks, the other being the steamer JOHN B. LYON. For some years past he has carried no insurance on his vessel property. It has been figured that the loss on the LYON would just about ammount to what the insurance premiums on his boats for a year would total, so that the WATSON's loss comes right out of his pocket.
      Detroit Free Press
      September 20, 1900
      Mr. J.C. Gilchrist of Cleveland has been informed from Boston of the loss of the wooden schooner S.L. WATSON. She foundered off Cape Cod on Tuesday last. The WATSON is one of the old lake vessels that were taken to the coast two years ago.
      Marine Review
      September 20, 1900
Schooner SAMUEL S. WATSON. U. S. No. 115270. Of 606 tons gross; 576 tons net. Built Detroit, Mich., 1874. Home port, Sandusky, Ohio. 177.5 x 31.6 x 13.4
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1900

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  • North Carolina, United States
    Latitude: 35.22546 Longitude: -75.5621
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Samuel L. Watson (Schooner), U115270, sunk, 19 Sep 1900