Manitowoc, WI (Lake Michigan) Schooner RAND Wrecked, May 1901
MISSING VESSEL, SCHOONER RAND.
BOAT CAPSIZED OFF MANITOWOC HAILED FROM RACINE.
CAPTAIN JEFFERSON AND DAUGHTER OF THIS CITY AMONG THE LOST.
FRANK SEABERT OF SHEBOYGAN AND HARRY LUCAS OF MILWAUKEE, REMAINDER OF CREW -- CLEARED FROM THIS PORT TWO WEEKS AGO.
Without a doubt the three-masted schooner Rand, of this port, with four persons on board, has been lost on Lake Michigan. The discovery of a capsized vessel off Manitowoc led to the belief that the schooner Hackley, of Milwaukee, was the ill-fated boat, but she has been reported safe and all others have been accounted for except the Rand.
A representative of the Journal learned that the Rand was over-due at Milwaukee, and that there were grave fears the vessel was the one discovered off Manitowoc.
Inquiry revealed that the Rand had sailed from this port two weeks ago yesterday morning, the crew consisting of the following persons:
Captain RALPH JEFFERSON, Racine, aged 50 years.
Stewardess DAISY JEFFERSON, his daughter, aged 27.
Crew FRANK SEABERT, Sheboygan, aged 27; HARRY LECUS, Milwaukee, aged 20 years.
The wife of Captain Jefferson, was called upon at her home, No. 1305 North Michigan Street, and was found in a very excited frame of mind and weeping bitterly, for she, too, feared that the Rand with all hands on board, had been lost in the fearful gale of last week.
Mrs. Jefferson willingly told the reporter all she knew about the vessel. She said: "Two weeks ago yesterday morning the Rand cleared from this port for Coyne, Mich., my husband telling me before he went that he had or would purchase a load of wood, for the reason that the bark, which he had been hauling for Milwaukee and Kenosha parties, was not ready. Last Saturday I received a letter from my husband, dated at Coyne, stating that the boat was landed and ready to clear, on that date, Tuesday, May 21. As the wind was ahead at that time I did not believe the boat would get away until it came fair.
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