Maritime History of the Great Lakes

Lottie Wolf (Schooner), U14807, aground, 9 Oct 1891

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Chicago, Oct. 12. -- The schooner LOTTIE WOLF, owned by J. S. Dunham, was run on Hope Island, Georgian Bay, last Friday, to save her from foundering, as she had struck a shoal. The captain telegraphed this morning that her decks began bursting Sunday and her had to take the crew ashore. She lies eight feet out forward, with rail even with the water aft. He believes she can be saved. A wrecking expedition may be sent from here. The schooner is not insured, but her cargo is fully covered.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Monday, October 12, 1891
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      THE LOTTIE WOLFE WRECKED. - On Friday last, in a heavy wind and sea, the schooner LOTTIE WOLFE, Capt. Howard, with 21,800 bushels of corn for Midland, struck a reef off Hope Island, and began to fill. The captain beached his vessel on the Island and she lies there now, her stern in 18 feet of water, and her bow high and dry. The crew were all saved, and Captain Howard came to Collingwood on Sunday, by the CITY OF MIDLAND. He telegraphed for assistance, and a wreck outfit is now en route from Windsor to lift the vessel.

      The above is from the Collingwood Enterprise. The schooner referred to will be remembered as one of the most frequent arrivals here of all the Chicago corn fleet. She was owned by J.S. Denham of Chicago and valued at $6,000. The Donnelly Towing and Wrecking Company have been wired to send out to her assistance, but it is thought the vessel will be a total loss. She is insured with Chicago companies, as is also her cargo.
      Owen Sound Times
      Thursday, October 22, 1891

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      The gale which has been blowing on the Upper Lakes has stopped the work of the wreckers who were working on the schooner LOTTIE WOLFE, stranded on Hope Island, in the Georgian Bay, it is doubtful if much of her rigging can be saved as the heavy seas are rapidly breaking her to pieces.
      Toronto Globe
      (Navigation Column)
      Thursday, October 22, 1891

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      Capt. J.S. Dunham's schooner LOTTIE WOLF, stranded on Hope Island, Georgian Bay, has been stripped and abandoned and will go to pieces. She was valued at $5,500 and had a cargo of 21,000 bushels of corn.
      The Marine Review
      October 22, 1891

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      Chicago Lake Interests - No one who has not been in the marine business or associated with it, can comprehend the almost human affection entertained for old boats. No other property is like them in this respect, unless it is an engineer's love for his iron horse. I remember once when an old-time mariner said to me: "For God's sake don't say the old boat went to pieces because she was rotton. I know she was, but it would hurt my feelings to see it in print." When the news comes that some old time vessel has been lost, although all hands may have been saved, it is a great deal more than the destruction of so much property. To those who have known, dealt with, and perhaps sailed the departed craft, it is a personal affair, very like the burning of the old homestead. This the oldtimers felt when they heard that the schooner LOTTIE WOLF had gone to pieces on Hope Island, in Georgian Bay.
      The Marine Review
      October 22, 1891

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Thomas Johnson, J. S. Dunham's wrecking master, and Capt. Martin Howard of the wrecked schooner WOLF reported on returning to Chicago that the loss of the schooner was due to the fact that it took four days time to get the pumps to her from Windsor by the Grand Trunk Railroad. Had the pumps arrived in time the schooner would undoubtedly have been saved.
      The Marine Review
      October 29, 1891

Schooner LOTTIE WOLF. U. S. No. 14807. Of 334.73 tons gross. Built Green Bay, Wis., 1866. Home port, Albany, N.Y. 126.0 x 27.0 x 11.3.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $6,000
Freight: corn
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.905 Longitude: -80.180277
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Lottie Wolf (Schooner), U14807, aground, 9 Oct 1891