The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), December 25, 1866

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Total Number of Deaths - 170
Deceased Mariners and Loss of Life on the Lakes in 1866

We close our narrative of the events in navigation of 1866, by giving the following details of the loss of life throughout the year, in which are included those who have died on shore, or have become deceased in other ways. The total number of deaths, so far as is known, is found to be 170, which accords precisely with the record of 1865, the number in that year being 170 also:

Capt A B Conkey, of propeller Idaho, died at Cleveland, age 48 years.
Capt Augustus L Keeler, an old lake captain, died at St. Joseph, age 50 years.
Capt Duncan McPherson, of Port Burwell, drowned from scow Louise, off Fairport.
John Conway, deck hand, killed on board steamer Magnet at marine City, by surging of the hawser.
Jacob Nicholson, mate of brig Sailor Boy, drowned off Sheboygan.
Thirty lives lost by the burning of the ferry steamer Windsor, at Detroit.
J Cosgrove, mate of schooner McCullough, shot himself by accident on board that vessel at Grand Haven.
John Jones, seaman, fell from masthead of bark Desoto, in river St Clair, and killed instantly.
George Trenter, mate, drowned from schooner Consuelo, off Rondeau by falling out of small boat.
Capt William Ransom, drowned from brig Fashion, on Lake Michigan; knocked overboard by stay-sail boom.
Thomas Savage, seaman, drowned from schooner Sasco, by falling off jibboom on Lake Huron.
Charles L. Hurd, drowned from propeller Merchant, in Lake Michigan.
Louis Ravelle, cook, drowned from scow Elizabeth, while drawing a bucket of water, in Detroit river.
Capt Jacob Klepser, killed by explosion of tug E. O'Brien, near Buffalo.
Charles Daft, seaman, drowned by the wrecking of schooner Angeline, at Milwaukee.
Nathan Haskell, seaman, drowned from schooner Rebecca, off Point au Pelee, knocked overboard by fore-boom.
Charles Benjamin, seaman, drowned from bark J P March, near Buffalo, while loosing jib.
James T Matson, mate, drowned from Mary A Rankin, below Erie, while at work in the rigging.
Mrs Hight, cook, killed on board schooner Granada, by collision of that vessel with schooner Ostrich, in Straits of Mackinaw.
Capt Rufus Green, killed by explosion of the tug Red Jacket, at Chicago.
Ivor Levort, fireman, killed by same disaster.
Bentley Haskins, captain, drowned from schooner Arabian, at Cleveland.
Wilson McDermott, mate, drowned from same vessel at same time.
David Haskins, seaman, drowned at same time.
Isaac Titus, seaman, drowned at same time.
Sarah ---------, cook, drowned from schooner Alice Grover, at Cleveland.
Henry Mine, seaman, drowned from schooner Moselle in Lake Huron. Knocked overboard by fore-boom.
Fourteen lives lost by the wrecking of bark J P King at Long Point, four being females.
Capt John V Tuttle and John O Biddle, mate, with both their wives, drowned by schooner Sardinia going ashore at Madison Dock.
Three lives, including female cook, drowned from schooner Philena Mills by the wrecking of that vessel below Cleveland.
John Cleveland, deckhand, drowned from propeller Fremont at Sandusky.
Wm Weinhert, sailor, drowned from schooner J S Woodhouse off Presque Isle, Lake Huron.
Capt Josiah Sherwood, an old lake captain, died at Delafield, Wis.
Four lives lost by schooner Coquette capsizing on Lake Michigan. Names; Capt P Leigh, Robert Scott, two unknown.
Patrick McCambridge, mate of bark Peshtigo, killed by being stabbed by one of the crew at Chicago.
Monroe Rogers, seaman, drowned from brig Mechanic off Cleveland.
Alexander Smith and Thomas Nelson, seamen, drowned from bark Golden Fleece, in Lake Huron, by falling out of small boat.
Richard Williams, seaman, died from sunstroke on board schooner Milwaukee Belle on Lake Michigan.
Sailor, name unknown, drowned from Gen. McCook at Milwaukee.
Patrick Keenan, seaman, drowned at Cleveland from bark D Morris.
James Horton, seaman, drowned from bark L Rawson, off Fairport, while at work in the rigging.
Wm. Fitzgerald, cook, drowned while going on board schooner Col. Cook at Milwaukee, intoxicated.
Wm. Bartlett, Lyman Boice and Thomas Colter, drowned from a barge on Lake Ontario.
Wm. Beech and James DuBois, seamen, died on board brig C P Williams, in Pigeon Bay, of cholera.
John Kattle, seaman, drowned from unknown vessel, on Lake Ontario.
John Hall, seaman, drowned from schooner S G Andrews, in Chicago Harbor.
John Gordon, colored, deck-hand, drowned from steamer Union Express, at Windsor.
Wm Becket, seaman, drowned from schooner W B Ogden, near Malden.
Seaman, name unknown, drowned from schooner Eureka, on Lake Ontario.
-------- Thompson, a deck-hand, drowned from propeller Dunkirk, at Detroit.
Four men lost from fishing boats on Lake Huron.
Manuel Silvolda, seaman, drowned from schooner D. Wagstaff, Lake Huron.
Four seamen drowned by schooner C Henshaw, going ashore near Chicago.
Capt Butterworth died suddenly on board steamer Clifton, at Owen Sound.
Lawrence Ermatinger, seaman, died in Marine Hospital, Detroit.
John Ball, seaman, drowned at Muskegon, while attempting to recover his hat, which fell overboard.
-------- Behren, seaman, drowned from schooner Arrow, in Lake Michigan.
Augustus Golden, colored, deck-hand, drowned from propeller Niagara, at Chicago.
Capt Wm Ramsay died of cholera at Chicago, late of schooner Skylark.
James Henry, deck hand, died of cholera on board the propeller Eclipse, on Lake Michigan.
-------- Grant, son of Capt Grant, drowned from bark Kate Darley, at Oconto.
Capt Jerry Saunders, drowned from his boat at St. Clair flats.
C P Beaver, first engineer, drowned from tug Winslow in St Clair River.
-------- Dyson, seaman, drowned from a sloop in Waiskal (sic) Bay, Lake Superior.
Sailor, name unknown, killed on board schooner Dan Tindall, by falling from aloft on deck, near Port Washington.
Charles Johnson, seaman, drowned from schooner Grace Murray, at Detroit.
Andrew Nelson, seaman of schooner D R Martin, murdered at Buffalo.
Six lives lost by schooner Alma foundering in Lake Erie.
Captain Buzzard, sr. and five others drowned from barge Ark, on Lake Huron.
George Johnson, mate, drowned from schooner Contest, at Bar Point.
Eram Williams, seaman, drowned from schooner Dolphin, at Milwaukee.
Alex Williams, (colored), deck-hand, drowned from tug Kate Williams at Port Huron, while attempting to get on the dock.
Jonah B. Mulcrane, drowned from propeller Northern Light, in Lake Superior.
David Colon, second mate, drowned from schooner Monticello on Lake Michigan.
Silas Myers, seaman, drowned from bark City of Milwaukee, in Saginaw Bay, by falling from foreyard.
John Bradbury, drowned from a sloop, head of Lake Erie.
Harry Crow, mate of tug Winslow, died of cholera in Marine Hospital, Detroit.
Richard Ryan, George Buskirk, and Thomas Seymour killed by explosion of propeller Trader on Lake Michigan.
Three men drowned from life-boat at Cleveland, while attempting the rescue of schooner George Worthington's crew, in the breakers.
Henry Laurence, seaman, drowned from scow N G in Pigeon Bay.
A P Anderson, seaman, drowned from bark W Jones, in River St Clair.
J W Mitchell, colored cook, died of cholera on board propeller Passaic.
James Evans, first engineer, and Henry Rudd, colored waiter, killed by collision of propeller Lac La Belle with steamship Milwaukee, in River St Clair.
John Powers, mate, drowned from scow Almira, in Lake Michigan.
Capt John Coyne and eight others drowned from schooner M Ballard, on Lake Ontario.
Total deceased, season of 1866, 170.

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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), December 25, 1866