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Ashtabula, OH Schooner PELICAN Sinking, May 1893

THREE MEN DROWNED.

Wreck of the Schooner Pelican at Ashtabula.

CHICAGO, May, 17. -- Last night the schooner Pelican foundered off the piers at Astabula[sic], Ohio. Three of her crew of seven men were drowned. The lost are:
PETER NELSON, first mate, Cleveland.
JOHN ERICKSON, sailor, Cleveland.
JOHN E. KNIGHT, sailor, Cleveland.
The steamer Ketchum and the Pelican, with ore from Escanaba, arrived off Ashtabula at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon, but on account of the gale and heavy north sea preferred to remain at anchor outside rather than risk entering the piers. In the night the hatches of the Pelican became loosened, and the water began to pour into her hold. Signals of distress brought the tug Sunol to her aid, but only one man was taken off before she went down. Three more were afterwards picked up. The other three were lost before aid could reach them.

The Davenport Tribune Iowa 1893-05-18

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SCHOONER FOUNDERED.

Three Out of a Crew of Seven Men Drowned and Two Badly Injured.

ASHTABULA, O., May 18. -- The schooner Pelican foundered off the piers here. Three of her crew of seven men were drowned and two of those rescued were badly injured. The lost are: PETER NELSON, first mate; JOHN ERICKSON, sailor; and JOHN E. KNIGHT, sailor, all of Cleveland. The steamer Ketchum and the Pelican with ore from Escanaba arrived off this port in the afternoon but on account of the gale and heavy sea remained at anchor outside rather than risk entering the piers in the night.
The hatches of the Pelican became loosened and the water began to pour into her hold. She made signals of distress and the tug Sunol went to her assistance. Only one man was gotten off before she went down, but three more were afterwards picked up. The other three were drowned before aid could reach them. Captain GREY had his right hand badly crushed and Captain ELLIOTT, one of the rescuers, had an arm badly hurt. The Pelican was owned by Captain WILLIAM MACK of Cleveland.

The Lima Times Democrat Ohio 1893-05-18



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