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Ada Medora (Schooner), U403, aground, 8 Oct 1906

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      Went on Bottle Point Saturday Night and is Pounding to Pieces.
The three-masted schooner, ADA MEDORA, Capt. Martin Abrahamson, ran onto the rocks Saturday night at Bottle Point, just off the Donnelly Pier, and is slowly pounding to pieces in the sea caused by the heavy northwest wind now prevailing. She is heavily laden with lumber, and if she could have been lightered, she would doubtless have been saved, but her captain says that in the face of instructions from the owners to contract no debts on their account, he is not in a position to do anything. he would have to spend a good deal of money to get her cargo off, as few mwn can be secured who are willing to undertake so dangerous a job.
      The ADA MEDORA'S crew of six men, all Norwegians, were taken off the vessel and are safe. They ran a plank to one of the rocks and waited until the life savers reached them. The schooner lies in about 12 feet of water and late yesterday afternoon appeared to be slowly breaking in two. Earlt this morning a tug with two lighters and a large gang of men started for the vessel, and an attempt is being made to get her cargo off, or enoght so that when pumped out she can be floated. A large hole is stove in her bottom and she is full of water.
      The ADA MEDORA was built in 1867, and at the time of her launching, was considered one of the fastest and finest schooners on the chain of lakes. She was 187 feet long and had hamsome quarters for passengers, of which she carried mant in her early days. It is thought by some who have looked at her that she will be nearly a total loss.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 8, 1906

      The lighter OLGA and two tugs yesterday succeeded in lightering a portion of the lumber cargo of the schooner ADA MEDORA, stranded outside Domelly's Pier. The increasing gale, however, late in the afternoon, compelled the men to quit the work. A further attempt will be made today, to rescue the vessel and cargo.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 9, 1906

      Small Portion of her Cardo Saved.
      Sandsucker SANDY HOOK Sinks in Harbor.
      After a terrific beating in the winds and waves of the wild gale which prevailed yesterday, the old schooner ADA MEDORA, which was on the rocks at Donnelly's pier, since Saturday night, finally succumbed and is no more. Nothing much can be seen of her now, and portions of the wreck and all of her lumber cargo have floated away from the scene, and nothing is left to mark the spot where she went down. An attempt was made yesterday to lighter her cargo, but upon arrival of the tugs and lighter, it was seen that she could not last long.
      The wind yesterday caught very few unawares. Every craft in the harbor, with one exception, was made perfectly safe the night previous. The old sandsucker SANDY HOOK was unequal to the storm and sank in the harbor, where she now lies with her only mast sticking out of the water a few feet.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 10, 1906
The lumber cargo of the wrecked schooner ADA MEDORA, is for the most part scattered along the wall off Georgia street, and guards are watching it. About 40,000 feet was lightered onto the sandsucker SANDY HOOK, which sunk. It is understood that George Pfohl has bought the cargo as salvage, and an attempt will be made today to secure the lumber off the sandsucker.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 12, 1906

Schooner ADA MEDORA. U. S. No. 403. Of 290 tons gross; 266 tons net. Built Gibraltar, Mich., 1967. Home port, Grand haven, Mich. 137.0 x 26.0 x 11.0 Crew of 6.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1906
Schooner ADA MEDORA. U. S. No. 403. Of 290 tons gross. Built 1967. Stranded at Buffalo, N.Y., October 6, 1906 with 7 person on board. No lives lost
      Loss of American Vessels Reported During Fiscal Year, 1907

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: lumber
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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Ada Medora (Schooner), U403, aground, 8 Oct 1906