FOSTER, CHARLES (1877, Schooner)


Year of Build:
1877
Official Number:
125581
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Milan, OH
Vessel Type:
Schooner
Note: One of the largest sail vessels on the Lakes in 1898.
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
1
Builder Name:
Valentine Fries
Master Carpenter:
William Raynor
Original Owner and Location:
Valentine Fries, Milan, OH.
Power
Power:
Sail
Number of Masts:
3
Dimensions
Length:
227'
Beam:
36'
Depth:
15.9'
Tonnage (gross):
997.84
Tonnage (net):
947.95
Final Disposition
Final Location:
9 miles out of Presque Isle, 82 degrees from Presque Isle light.
Lake Erie.
Date:
9 Dec 1900
How:
Foundered.
Final Cargo:
Iron ore.
Notes:
In tow of steamer IRON DUKE, sank in gale; 8 lives lost.
History

1874 Laid down; suspended due to panic.

1877, Mar 9 Launched; similar to MARION W. PAIGE.

1877, Jun Fitted out; named for Ohio Representative.

1879, Jul 24 Aground Blackwell Canal, coal laden; released by 5 tugs.

1879, Oct 12 In tow of FRANK MOFFAT, damaged in collision with schooner SAVELAND, which was towed by tug BROCKWAY on St. Clair River.

1880, Apr 29 Collision with grounded CHICAGO on St. Clair River & was struck by MCDOUGAL before she could be released; repaired.

1881 Towed by WILLIAM EDWARDS.

1882, Apr Aground Harsen's Island with MARION W. PAGE & WILLIAM EDWARDS.

1882, Jun 1 New main mast at Union Dry Dock.

1883 Ran Chicago, IL - Buffalo, NY in 4 days, 18 hours.

1888, Sep Ashore Fisherman's Shoal, Lake Michigan; released by steamer LEVIATHAN; repaired, Manitowoc, WI.

1889, Nov 6 Ashore 3 miles below Bar Point.

1890 Rebuilt; new decks, frames, topmasts; towed by CUMBERLAND.

1890, Sep 20 Grounded St. Joseph Island with schooner GOLDEN AGE; released.

1898, May Towed by JOHN F. EDDY.

1898, Jul 19 Leaking at Gladstone, MI, laden with pig iron.

1898, Jul 28 Owned J.C. Gilchrist, Cleveland, OH.

1898, Aug 3 Cut down to consort for iron ore trade.

1898, Oct Chartered to Atlantic Transportation Co. for East Coast coal trade.

1898, Dec Driven into mud, South Boston flats, Boston, MA harbor.

1900, May Owned James Corrigan, Cleveland, OH; reduced to a barge.

1900, Oct Ran Duluth, MN - Erie, PA with iron ore.

1900, Dec 9 Sank, Lake Erie.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Jack Messmer
Newspaper Clippings
Steamboat Era in the Muskokas by Richard Tatley
Contact
Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library
Email
WWW address
Agency street/mail address

211 N. First Ave.
Alpena, Michigan 49707
USA
(989)356-6188

FOSTER, CHARLES (1877, Schooner)
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FOSTER, CHARLES (1877, Schooner)