The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
E. M. Carrington (Schooner), sunk, 1 Nov 1880

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      The Sentinel, Milwaukee, says: "the scow CHRISTIE, which was in company with the ill-fated schooner E. M. CARRINGTON, arrived here at an early hour Tuesday morning. Her master knew nothing of the disaster, having last seen the light set in the CARRINGTON' s rigging at 2 o'clock Tuesday morning, the CHRISTIE then being some eight miles away. When the CHRISTIE discovered the signal of distress Sunday afternoon, she bore down and passed under the Carrington's stern, as stated by Captain Maloney, of the schooner PHOENIX, and saw some of the crew at the pumps, while others were engaged in throwing lumber overboard, and had got the tiers forward and aft down nearly on a level with the rail. Like Captain Maloney, the master of the CHRISTIE cannot account for the actions of those on the CARRINGTON. Had the vessel been in distress they think she should have shortened canvas and permitted them to come within speaking distance. As this was not done, they both are of the opinion that Captain Sands expected he would be able to bring his craft through to the west shore, but wanted some one near him to render assistance in case of failure.
      When it commenced to storm, it did so with a vengeance, and when the trying time came, those upon whom he depended for succor were obliged to look to their own safety. As stated in Tuesday's Sentinel, no one saw the CARRINGTON go over. She disappeared within a few moments that Captain Maloney was engaged in getting his vessel into position to permit of another reef being put into the mainsail. From the position of the CARRINGTON, Captain Maloney holds she could not get out of sight within an hour, and her sudden disappearance makes him so positive that she rolled over.
      Oconomowoc, Wis., Nov. 17. -- When the news of the sinking of the schooner CARRINGTON near Milwaukee, with all on board, was first received here, it was suspected that there were some Oconomowoc sailors aboard, but nothing definite was heard until last night. There were five aboard, three of whom were from this place. The captain, Thomas C. Sand, moved from here to Amherst last February, and leaves a wife and child. Christ Oleson has a home here, and leaves a wife and child. J. Sand is unmarried, but usually makes his home here. They were all Norwegians.
      The J.W. Hall Great lakes Marine Scrapbook, November 1880

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 5
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.0389 Longitude: -87.90647
William R. McNeil
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E. M. Carrington (Schooner), sunk, 1 Nov 1880