Schooner Wells Burt

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    Schooner Wells Burt

    BUILT IN 1851 BY CAULKINS OF CLEVELAND HER HOME PORT WAS DETROIT. SHE WAS A BULK CARRIER AND IN THE EARLY 1860S MADE TRIPS ACROSS THE ATLANTIC TO LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND.

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Schooner Wells Burt BUILT BY THE DETROIT DRY DOCK CO, SHE WAS LAUNCHED IN 1873. DESIGNED AS A BULK CARRIER, HER HOLDS COULD CARRY 50,000 BUSHELS OF CORN OR 1500 TONS. AT 200 FEET SHE WAS ONE OF THE MOST GRACEFUL AND FAST SHIPS ON THE LAKES AND CARRIED GRAIN TO BUFFALO AND RETURNED TO CHICAGO WITH COAL. CAPTAIN FOUNTAINE AND A CREW OF TEN INCLUDING HIS SON; DEPARTED BUFFALO ON MAY 12, 1873 WITH A CARGO OF 1375 TONS OF COAL BOUND FOR CHICAGO. ON MAY 21, 1873, THE SHIP ENCOUNTERED A MAJOR GALE AS SHE APPROACHED EVANSTON. THE STORM CARRIED AWAY HER STEERING GEAR; SERIOUSLY DISABLED SHE BROACHED AND ONE MAST WAS RIPPED OFF. SHE SWAMPED AND SANK WITH ALL ON BOARD APPROXIMATELY FOUR MILES OFF EVANSTON BEACH. THE MASTS AND SOME HARDWARE WERE SALVAGED ALONG WITH NEARLY 1000 TONS OF THE COAL. THE BODIES OF THE CAPTAIN, HIS SON AND MOST OF THE CREW WERE EVENTUALLY RECOVERED. THE WRECK WAS FORGOTTEN UNTIL DISCOVERED BY A DIVER IN 1988. THE WRECK IS ALMOST COMPLETELY INTACT AND IT IS PROTECTED BY ILLINOIS STATE LAWS.


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