• Schooner
  • 28ffw 9m
  • 136ft Length
  • Monroe MI, Lake Erie
  • 41 54.50   81 14.95

Chronological History #

  • 1862 Enrolled Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1862 Aground
  • 1868 316.91 gross/301.06 net tons
  • 1871 Owned Russell & Norton, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1874 Repaired
  • 1876 Schooner; large repairs
  • 1881, June New deck & frames; rebuilt
  • 1892 Owned C.E. Chilson, Lorain, Ohio
  • 1901 Owned W.J. Curtis, Avon, Ohio
  • 1902 To be repaired; schooner rigged
  • 1903, July 8 Foundered, Lake Erie
  • 1904 Dynamited

Selection of News Articles for more #

Buffalo Evening News 
      Sunday, July 19, 1903  #

Toledo, O., July 18. — The schooner GENERAL FRANZ SEIGEL, laden with 570 tons of coal, going from Huron to Sandusky, went down off Monroe, Mich., today and is a total loss. There was a crew of five on board and all were rescued by the United States survey boat GENERAL WILLIAMS. 
      The SEIGEL attempted to go through the severe storm raging on the lake last night, and, seeing that it would not be able to do so, attempted to get into the port of Monroe, when the boat went down in 22 feet of water. The crew took refuge in the rigging and remained there until help arrived. 
Capt. W. J. Curtiss of the beach park, Ohio, was the owner and captain of the boat. His wife was the cook and W. D. McGregor of Sandwich the mate. The names of the other members of the crew were not learned. 
      The GEN. FRANZ SEIGEL is one of the oldest boats on the lakes, having been built 40 years ago. 

Buffalo Evening News 
      August 3, 1904  #

The schooner FRANZ SIEGEL, which was wrecked near Toledo last fall and was a dangerous obstruction to navigation, has been dynamited by the Government Engineers. 

Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1903  #

      Schooner GENERAL FRANZ SIEGEL. U. S. No. 10217. Of 316 tons gross; 301 tons net. Built Black River, Ohio, 1862. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 136.8 x 25.8 x 11.5 Crew od 6.    

C. Patrick Labadie Great Lakes Ship File #

  • SIEGEL, GENERAL FRANZ (1862, Barkentine) 10217
  • Built at: Black River, OH Vessel Type: Barkentine
  • Hull Materials: Wood Builder Name: George Washington Jones
  • Original Owner and Location: Jones & Hall, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Length: 136.8′ Beam: 25.8′ Depth: 11.5′ Tonnage (old style): 396
  • Final Location: Near lighthouse, Monroe, Michigan, Lake Erie Date: 8 Jul 1903
  • Final Depth: 24′ How: Foundered Final Cargo: Coal
  • Notes: Foundered in gale in shallow water;
    wreck abandoned due to age 1.8 miles SE Stoney Point


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