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Loss of the Schooner Daniel Lyons
Oswego Morning Herald (Oswego, NY), 21 Oct 1878

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Loss of the Schooner Daniel Lyons
The crew safe and in Chicago.

Last Saturday about eight o’clock Mr. Daniel Lyons received a telegram from Captain Holland dated Chicago as follows: Schooner Dan Lyons sunk foot of Lake Michigan by collision with schooner Kate Gillett; crew all safe. "Lyons on a wind, Gillett running with fair wind." The Lyons left Chicago last Wednesday with 20,000 bushels wheat for Black Rock near Buffalo. She was a comparatively new schooner, having been launched in the spring of 1873 from the yard of Goble and Macfarlane and rated A1.

She was owned by Daniel Lyons and George Goble, of this city, and was insured for $10,000 in the Orient Mutual, Providence, Washington, and Security and Detroit Fire and Marine. Her freight list was insured for $700. The last time the Lyons was here, about a month since, she received a new mainmast, new canvas and running gear, at an expense of about $1,500 and was in excellent condition for the fall. She was commanded by Captain M. Holland with Owen Marrin as first officer. The schooner that sunk the Lyons is a small one, but with too much beam to come through the Welland canal. It is probable that she struck the Lyons opposite one of her hatchways and cut her down. The crew of the lost schooner doubtless escaped to the Gillet, which was lumber laden, and were taken to Chicago. There are few vessels afloat that would rank with the Lyons. She cost $28,000 and at one time her owners refused an offer of $32,000 for her. It is said that the owners of the Gillett are responsible men.

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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 41.8739921699624 Longitude: -87.5443726032972
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Loss of the Schooner Daniel Lyons