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L. J. Farwell (Schooner), U14613, sunk, 1 Aug 1863

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Schooner L.J. FARWELL, cargo iron ore, sunk in the Sault Ste Marie River. Total loss.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wednesday, January 20, 1864
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THE SCHOONER FARWELL SUNK. -- The schooner FARWELL in coming into Sault Canal struck very hard on the rocks just above the guard gate and knocked a hole in her. It was with great difficulty that she got through the canal. She sunk just below the lower lock. She will have to unload her cargo of iron ore. Her captain came down on the METEOR to get a steam pump to raise her. She will not prevent the passage of boats through the canal.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      August 27, 1863

      The schooner L.J. FAREWELL, that was recently sunk near the St. Mary's Canal, laden with iron ore, has been abandoned. The cargo will be recovered.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Tuesday, September 15, 1863

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By the arrival of the steamer METEOR, which reached here yesterday at 8 P.M, we have late and important intelligence from Lake Superior. The schooner FARWELL has been abandoned. The METEOR brought down 100 tons of copper ore, 25 tons merchandize, and 170 passengers.
The METEOR is the first arrival from Lake Superior during the past nine days. She leaves again on her upward voyage to-night.
      Detroit Advertiser & Tribune
      September 23, 1863 3-3
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The schr. L.J. FARWELL, which some 2 years since, sank at the Sault St. Marie with a cargo of iron ore on board, an was afterwards dismantled, is to be brought to light by the usual process of steam pumps and other apparatus used on such occasions. Capt. Buckley, who has purchased the wreck as she now lies, left here last evening by the stm. KEEWENAW with a steam pump in charge of Mr. Thomson for that purpose.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      June 1, 1866 3-4

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The schr. L.G. FARWELL, which was sunk on the Canada side of the Sault River, some 2 years ago, had been raised by Capt. Buckley.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 18, 1866 3-5

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      THE L.J. FAREWELL. - This craft, which for a short time has been temporarily used as a lumber barge, is now fitted out into a fore-and-aft schooner, which has been carried out at this port, within the past few days. When formerly under that rig, some two years since, she sunk by striking a rock near the Sault, and was abandoned. During the present season, she was raised, and is again in complete sailing trim. She sailed westward bound last evening. - Detroit Free Press, 30th.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      September 1, 1866

NAME: L. I. FARWELL (Pre-list; 1869); L. J. FARWELL (1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877;
1878; 1879)
RIG: Schooner
GROSS: 265.25 (Pre-list; 1869; 1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878; 1879)
HOME PORT: Buffalo, NY (Pre-list; 1869; 1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878; 1879)
YEARS LISTED: Pre-list; 1869; 1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878; 1879.


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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $10,000
Cargo: $1,500
Freight: iron ore
Remarks: Raised
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 46.059722 Longitude: -83.945833
William R. McNeil
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L. J. Farwell (Schooner), U14613, sunk, 1 Aug 1863