Wind Point Light, WI (Lake Michigan) Schooner KATE KELLY Wreck, May 1895



After the Journal had gone to press yesterday a telegram was received from the Vessel Owners Towing company of Chicago stating that wreckage had been found off of Kenosha and they had every reason to believe that the schooner Kate Kelly had foundered. The Kenosha fishing tug Alice while out in the lake picked up a side board upon which was painted the words "Kate Kelly." The information was immediately communicated to Chicago which created great excitement among seafaring men at that place.
Later a telephone message was received at this office from Kenosha verifying the report. It appears that the tug Alice, while returning from a fishing trip out in the lake, passed through a lot of floating hemlock ties and other wreckage about five miles from shore.

Lake Strewn With Ties.
An investigation was made and for a number of miles about, the lake was strewn with ties and portions of a wrecked vessel. The side board, as stated above, was found, on which was plainly stamped the words "Kate Kelly." The crew of the tug immediately turned her about and headed her for the harbor, and made known their discovery.
Soon after the news was received at Chicago, the tug Dunham was got in readiness and started for the scene of the wreck. Captain TOM McGINN was in charge and N. K. HIGGLE, superintendent
of the towing company, was on board. She was headed toward the stiff north wind that prevailed. When off North Evanston the schooner L. M. Mason, Captain Verpon, was sighted. This schooner had just come over the course which the Kate Kelly would have taken. Captain Verpen said he had seen nothing of a vessel in trouble, but had noticed floating ties. This convinced the tug men the Kelly had capsized. The tug cruised until toward dusk without further news, and then turned toward harbor.

Six Men Are Lost.
The Kate Kelly carried a crew of six men, Captain HARTLEY J. HATCH her owner; Mate THOMAS LONG, a cook and three sailors whose names are unknown. She had cleared from Sheboygan May 8 with a load of 5,500 railway ties, consigned to Ed Ayres, of the Old Colony building, Chicago, to be delivered at the Rock Island deck. The cargo is valued at about $1,000.
The schooner was one of the old class fast going out-of service.
She was of 246 tons, rigged fore and aft, and was built in 1867 in Toledo. Once since she has been completely overhauled, and has always been kept in servicable condition. She was sold by Edward Gable of Oswego, three years ago to Captain HATCH, who sailed her. The schooner was valued at about $2,500.

Racine Journal Wisconsin 1895-05-23