SIR C.T. VAN STRAUBENZIE C75632

  • Schooner
  • 200ffw
  • 130ft Lengths
  • Long Point, Lake Erie
  • Not Released

Chronological History #

  • 1875 May Launched.
  • 1881 Owned John C. Miller, Parry Sound, ONT; towed by steambarge LOTHAIR with CORISANDE.
  • 1883 Nov 15 Stranded, Lake Superior.
  • 1885 Jul 20 Wrecked north shore Lake Superior; repaired Collingwood.
  • 1886 Owned John B. Miller, Parry Sound.
  • 1889 Oct Sprang leak, Lake Ontario.
  • 1890 Owned Isaac H. Radford, Toronto, ONT.
  • 1895 Owned John Williams, Toronto, ONT.
  • 1909 Sep 27 Sunk Lake Erie.

Her wire-rigged forward mast is still standing.  Collision damage can be seen on her starboard side and her cabin is collapsed.  There is a wheel, and the cast iron bell is in the bow of the wreck.  Alas, there is no name on the bell.  Trawl nets have dragged the port anchor to the starboard side.  The ship’s yawl boat dangles from the stern on the starboard side.

Selection of Historical Articles – for more www.maritimehistoryofthegreatlakes.ca #

Buffalo Evening News 
      September 29, 1909 #

SAY WRECKED SCHOONER HAD LIGHTS BURNING. 
      Port Colborne, Sept. 29. — Marine men here take no stock in the statement that the schooner VAN STRAUBENZIE had not the proper signal lights burning when she was run down by the steamer CITY OF ERIE about 20 miles southwest of this port at 3 o’clock Monday morning. When the VAN STRAUBENZIE passed out through port Colborne lock at 7 o’clock Sunday evening her signal lights were burning brightly. She lay in the harbor for four hours with these lights burning, awaiting a favorable wind. When she was being towed out her lights, the tug watchman on the piers said were burning and when the tug let go of her outside the breakwater at about 11:30 the captain and the crew will testify that the vessel had the proper signal lights burning brightly. Capt. Corson was well known here and was considered one of the most competent and careful vessel Captains on the lakes. 

Buffalo Evening News 
      October 1, 1909 #

THE WOMAN LOST ON SCHOONER LIVED IN TORONTO. 
      Dispatches from Toronto state that the woman cook who went down with the schooner STRUBENZIE off Dunkirk Monday morning was Mrs. Madeline Connolly of Toronto, who had shipped from that port. She has a sister living in Toronto. Nothing has been learned concerning the unidentified seaman who went down with the ship. 

Buffalo Evening News 
      October 1, 1909 #

THE PILOT OF THE CITY OF ERIE WAS BLAMELESS. 
      Capt. James Stone, supervising inspector of steamboats rendered a decision this afternoon in the collision between the CITY OF ERIE and the Canadian schooner SIR T. VAN STRAUBENZIE off Dunkirk at 3 o’clock last Monday morning in which two men and a woman were drowned. In his report, Capt. Stone finds that the schooner’s starboard lights or green light were not burning at the time of the accident, and therefore finds in his decision that the pilot of the CITY OF ERIE, Edward S. Pickell, is blameless. 

Buffalo Evening News 
      October 2, 1909 #

DOES NOT LIKE THE WAY BOATS WERE HANDLED. 
      Automobile Skipper Says he Was Forced to “Butt In” When Crash Came. 
      St. Catharines, Ont., Oct. 2. — That the work of getting out the boats and rescuing the crew of the schooner VAN STRAUBENZIE when she was struck and sunk by the C. & B. steamer CITY OF ERIE, between Cleveland and Buffalo, was badly managed is the assertion of Samual Boyd of Cleveland, who was in St. Catharines today. Mr. Boyd is a prosperous merchant of Cleveland and was bringing his automobile on the CITY OF ERIE to Buffalo, whither he intended to motor to his old home in Hamilton. 
      He was asleep in his machine in front of the engine, when the collision occurred, and was awakened. The schooner’s signal bells, showing she was in distress, appealed to him as an old sailor, and finding the pilot was nervous, he informed the engineer of the condition of the schooner, and told him to back up, which he did. 
      The schooner was then in flames. Mr. Boyd will be a witness before the United States Local Inspectors, as he is in a position to give facts not in the possession of others. 

Buffalo Evening News 
      October 28, 1909  #

      CANADIAN AUTHORITIES ASKED TO INVESTIGATE. 
      Toronto, Oct. 28. — W. J. Corson of this city, has asked the Minister of Marine & Fisheries for an investigation into the circumstances of the collision near Buffalo on the morning of Sept. 27, in which the coal carrier VAN STRAUBENZIE was sunk by the CITY OF ERIE and his brother, Capt. Corson of the VAN STRAUBENZIE, the mate and woman cook lost their lives. Although an investigation held at the time by the United States marine inspectors exonerated the officers of the CITY OF ERIE from all blame for the disaster, Mr. Corson thinks the findings were based on an insufficiency of evidence. His appeal for a Canadian investigation is based on the ground that the accident occurred in Canadian waters. 

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