On 10 May 1858, LEMUEL CRAWFORD, a 3-masted wooden bark of 135 ft., 450 tons, built in 1855 at Black River, Ohio, was carrying wheat from Chicago to Buffalo. She ran into a heavy gale and struck a reef 1 1/2 miles off East Sister Island in Lake Erie.
She sank immediately and the 13 onboard scrambled up her masts and lashed themselves to her rigging. After two days, they were finally rescued by the tug R.R. ELIOTT from Detroit.
type: barque – bark
propulsion: sailing ship
date built: 1855
tonnage: 450 grt
dimensions: 41.1 x 9.1 x 3.4 m
rigging: 3 masts
about the loss
cause lost: ran aground (wrecked)
other reasons: gale/storm
date lost: 10/05/1858 [dd/mm/yyyy]
Crawford & Price, Cleveland (OH)
BARQUE “LEMUEL CRAWFORD” WRECKED.—A despatch from Detroit last night states that the Barque LEMUEL CRAWFORD, with a cargo of 20,000 bushels of wheat from Chicago to Buffalo, went ashore on East Sister Island reef during the gale of Monday night, and is a total loss. The crew remained on the wreck until yesterday morning, when they were rescued and taken to Detroit. Vessel owned by Messrs Crawford & Price of this city. Cargo and vessel fully insured.
Cleveland Morning leader
May 14, 1858