Schooner ECLIPSE, destroyed by Chicago fire; total loss.
Marine Disasters on the Western
Lakes during 1871, Capt. J.W. Hall
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BURNED AT CHICAGO. - Capt. Larkin, principal owner of the bark VALETTA, reports the loss of that vessel by the recent fire. She was burned to the water's edge, and immediately sunk. She was 7 years old, 407 tons burden, and hailed from St. Catharines, Ont. The schooners N.C. FORD and ECLIPSE are also numbered among the lost. The schooner FORD was formerly a Canadian bottom, built at Port Ryerse in 1861, and 226 tons burden, and became American with several others a few years since. At the time of the loss she was owned in Chicago. The schooner ECLIPSE was 20 years old, built at Racine, and 250 tons burden. Latterly her operations have been confined exclusively to the lumber trade on Lake Michigan, where she was owned. The schooner STAMPEDE, nine years old, 370 tons, and owned by John Maitland, of Chicago, was one of the unfortunates. It is also reported that one of the Northern Transportation Co's propellers was destroyed there.
Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
Saturday, October 14, 1871
NOTE - Other sail vessels burnt and supposed total losses in the Chicago Fire were
VALETTA - ECLIPSE - GLENBULAH - A.P. NICHOLS - C. NILSSON - ALNWICK - STAMPEDE and N.C. FORD.
The Chicago Tribune states that the 3 vessels, the ECLIPSE, of Racine, the VALETTA of Canada, and the FONTANELLE, of Milwaukee, which are lying at the Clark St. bridge, will be pumped dry, and scow EVERGREEN, with a steam engine on board, having been towed alongside for that purpose, large tanks are to be placed in each vessel which, when pumped out are expected to raise the vessels, it is expected to be completed in about 3 weeks.
Detroit Free Press
April 9, 1872