The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Ark (Schooner), sunk, 26 Nov 1853

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ARK Schooner, foundered on Lake Michigan, cargo wood, Nov. 26, 1853. Property loss $800
      Buffalo Express
      Jan. 2, 1854 (casualty list)

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The schooner ARK, Capt. White, bound from Dutchman's Point to Chicago, with a cargo of wood, says the Chicago Tribune, sprung a leak and became water-logged on Tuesday night last. She was abandoned between Waukegan and Gross Point, about ten miles from the shore. The crew were taken off the same night by the propeller SCIOTA from Chicago, which landed them at Waukegan, and from thence they were brought home by the steamer TRAVELLER. The ARK was owned by her master, Capt. Wm. White, and was valued at $800. She was one of the oldest vessels out of Chicago, and it has been a matter of surprise that she has not long since proved a coffin for those who navigated her.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, December 6, 1853

Schooner ARK, Of 50.0 tons. Built Chicago in 1844 by James Averell. 72.0 x 16.0 x 4.9. One deck; two masts; no galleries, no figurehead. Owned by Oliver Newberry of Detroit; George W. Dole of Chicago and James Averell, of Chicago.: End Note = No. 7 on Lake Michigan.
      Builders Certificate 32 of 1845
      dated at Detroit May 6, 1845

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $800
Cargo: ?
Freight: wood
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.68473 Longitude: -86.53036
William R. McNeil
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Ark (Schooner), sunk, 26 Nov 1853