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Lillie May (Barge), U15301, lost rudder, 1 Nov 1883

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The old propeller MAYFLOWER was run on Point Abino yesterday morning to prevent her from sinking in deep water. The MAYFLOWER had in tow the barges LILLIE MAY, F.M. DICKENSON, EMERALD, and COLORADO, all lumber loaded from Bay City, the last named from Sandusky, off which port she was dropped, and the other four for Tonawanda. Above Erie the rudder of the LILLIE MAY, which was first behind the propeller, was carried away by the big sea, and the MAYFLOWER was found to be sinking fast. Captain Cramer ordered the last two barges to let go, and heading the steamer to the sea he intended to hold the MAY up till daylight, but he found the water gaining in the vessel so fast he was obliged to drop the barge. Not being able to make Port Colborne he started for this port, and when off Point Abino the water was almost up to the firnaces.
      When this was discovered the MAYFLOWER was run on the point, bow first, but she swung around, broke her arches, and is in very bad shape on an uneven rocky bottom. The crew left on the tug BRUCE, and are all safe. Her lumber will be taken off as soon as possible, and it is thought nearly all will be saved. The MAYFLOWER in her early days was a favorite passenger boat of the Western Transportation line; was built here in 1852, by F.N. Jones, and messured 415 tons. She is owned by Captain Harry Blanchard, of Detroit; was worth about $18,000. being out of class was not insured.
      The barges DICKENSON and EMERALD sailed down and were towed behind the breakwater. Captain Austin Hand went up with the captain of the DICKENSON on the tug HAND to look after the waterlogged barge. They found the MAY at anchor about five miles below Dunkirk. Her woman cook had been taken off by the propeller TOLEDO, which passed down in the afternoon and saw the barge's distress. The rest of the crew preferred to remain aboard. captain Scott of the TOLEDO ran a great risk in going alongside the MAY in the heavy sea, and was obliged to make use of a line hauling the cook over to his craft, and he deserves great credit for the service. The provisions on the HAND were given to the hungry men on the MAY, all the provisions on board that craft being under water. The tug BRUCE started out last night to help the HAND to bring down the MAY. - - - Buffalo Commercial, Monday.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbool, November, 1883
      Barge LILLIE MAY. U. S. No. 15301. Of 300.88 tons gross; 285.84 tons net. built West Bay City, Mich., 1869. Home port, Detroit, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

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Reason: lost rudder
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.454166 Longitude: -81.121388
William R. McNeil
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Lillie May (Barge), U15301, lost rudder, 1 Nov 1883