On 10 August 1890, TWO FANNIES (3-mast wooden bark, 152 foot, 492 gross tons, built in 1862, at Peshtigo, Wisconsin) was carrying 800 tons of iron ore on Lake Erie when a seam opened in rough weather. The crew kept at the pumps but to no avail. They all made it off of the vessel into the yawl just as the bark sank north of Bay Village Ohio. The CITY OF DETROIT tried to rescue the crew but the weather made the rescue attempt too dangerous and only two men were able to get to the steamer. The tug JAMES AMADEUS came out and got the rest of the crew, including the ship’s cat, which was with them in the yawl.
Location: 5 miles north of Bay Village, Ohio
Coordinates: LORAN: 43773.0 57385.3
GPS: 41 33.855 81 55.281
Lies: bow east Depth: 60 feet
Official #: 24144
Type: three masted bark Cargo: Iron ore
Owner(s) Captain Alfred Miller (50%), Aldrich of Hillsdale & Baldwin of Kinosha
Built: 1862 at Peshtigo, Wisconsin by George O. Spear
Dimensions: 152’ x 33’ x 12’ Tonnage: 492.24 gross 467.63 net
Date of Loss: Sunday, August 10, 1890
Cause of Loss: sprung a leak in heavy seas
Two schooners were lost early yesterday morning off Cleveland harbor. The schooner TWO FANNIES sprung a leak and sank as day was breaking, The crew consisted of Capt. Miller, Mate Losier, Second Mate Bull and Alexander Last; Harry Anderson; Claud Merchant and James McDonald. All escaped safely in a yawl. The boat carried stone and was fully insured. The schooner FANNIE L. JONES was swamped by the heavy seas just outside Cleveland. Capt. E. C. Cummings of Milan was drowned. The Cleveland life-saving crew saved the JONES’ crew from the rigging.
Buffalo Evening News
August 12, 1890
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Two sunken wrecks on Lake Erie should receive attention as obstructions to navigation. The schooner FAYETTE BROWN, sunk a short time ago near the dummy in collision with one of the Northern Steamship Company’s steel boats is in the channel of boats passing to and from Buffalo, and outside of Cleveland a short distance northwest of the piers the spars of the schooner TWO FANNIES, which foundered in a gale last season, are but a few feet below the surface of the water. Mr. M.A. Bradley, owner of the FAYETTE BROWN, says she is not worth raising a and no one claims the hull of the sunken TWO FANNIES, which is certainly a total loss.
July 16, 1891
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The schooners FANNIE L. JONES and TWO FANNIES sank in Lake Erie during a gale. No particulars.
Daily British Whig, Kingston
August 13, 1890