W.R. HANNA 26669

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Site map CP Labadie 1998
  • Scow
  • 8 ffw 3m
  • 85ft Length
  • Kelleys Island, Lake Erie
  • 41 37.091  82 40.849

Chronological history #

David Swayze Shipwreck File Info


  • Other names   :  also seen as WILLIAM R. HANNA
  • Official no.     :  26669
  • Type at loss    :  scow-schooner, wood
  • Build info       :  1857, W. Hanna, Sandusky, OH
  • Specs              :  86x22x6  103g
  • Date of loss    :  1886, Nov 14 (Oct 14?)
  • Place of loss   :  on Kelley’s Island’s north bay
  • Lake                : Erie
  • Type of loss    :  storm
  • Loss of life      :  none
  • Carrying         :  limestone blocks
  • Detail              :  Caught in one of the great storms of the 1880’s she was driven shore by wind gusting to 60mph and wrecked, a total loss. She was owned by L. J. Seek, ice dealer of Toledo, and skippered by Capt. Frank Provonsha.

On Nov 5, 1880, bound Prentiss Bay for Toledo with 1,600 tamarack RR ties, she battled a storm for hours until she finally broached to 5 mi above Sand Beach. Lying on her beam ends with her crew clinging to the main rigging, she drifted by the Sand Beach breakwater only 500  feet offshore, but those who heard their cries for help could not see her in the dark. Finally, at first light, the propeller H. LOUELLA WORTHINGTON braved the dying storm and rescued the crew. Owned by her skipper, Capt. Bedford, at this time. Thought to be a total loss, but soon purchased by Capt. Dix and recovered.

Bound Saugatuck for Chicago, she capsized in a squall off Milwaukee in mid-November, 1870. Her crew was rescued by the schooner TWO CHARLIES while the vessel herself was towed into Milwaukee harbor on her beam ends by the U.S. Revenue Cutter ANDREW JOHNSON. While lying in the harbor she was struck by the bark CLYDE and damaged further. Reported in newspapers as a total loss, she was later recovered. Owned out of Port Huron by A. H. Peer, her skipper.

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