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Naomi (Bark), U18108, aground, 4 Nov 1869

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NAOMI Bark, cargo coal, a total loss near Manistee; Captain and wife and one man drowned.
      Marine Disasters on the Western
      Lakes during 1869, Capt. J.W. Hall

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BARK NAOMI A TOTAL WRECK - The bark NAOMI, bound from Erie to this port with a cargo of hard coal, stranded on Great Point au Sable*, sixteen miles south of Manistee, and was totally wrecked. Her captain, J.M. Carpenter, his wife and a seaman were drowned. Capt. Carpenter was one of the oldest and ablest commanders on the lakes. The news of his fate will be received with regret by (2 unreadable words) of friends along the entire chain of lakes. The NAOMI hailed from Ashtabula, and was owned by (unreadable word) Willard and Capt. Carpenter. She was eleven years old, having been built in Cleveland in 1858. She received a thorough rebuild in 1865, which brought her rate up to A 2. Her measurement was four hundred and thirty-five tons, and value about $18,000. The vessel, and the cargo, also, we believe, are insured. - Milwaukee Sentinel, 9th.
      Detroit Free Press
      November 11, 1869

*Big Sable Point, Lake Michigan

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      Chicago, November 11. -- The following are the details of the loss of the bark NAOMI on the 4th inst., near Manistee, Michigan:
The vessel struck bottom during the gale, and the water rushed in so rapidly that it drove all on board to the roof cabin, where they were exposed to the fury of the wind and waves. Captain Carpenter then lashed himself and wife to the mast, and a sailor, at the captain's request, set out to swim ashore, but his strength gave out and he was drowned. The boat having been washed away, no means of escape seemed attainable.
      The next day, however, Capt. Callaway, of the schooner TOLEDO, with a number of other volunteers, took a boat and put out from Manistee, to the wreck, though with great peril to themselves, the boat sometimes filling.
      Reaching the bark they found the captain's wife dead from exposure, and the Captain barely alive. After two or three trips they succeeded in rescuing the rest of the crew, seven in number, but the Captain had died before they could take him off, and the two bodies were left on the wreck, which soon went to pieces. The rescued men were nearly dead from exposure and cold, but were finally revived.
      Toledo Blade
      November 12, 1869
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      Wreck of the NAOMI. -- The whole of the starboard side of this ill-fated vessel drifted ashore near Manistee. --- Milwaukee Report.
      Toronto Globe
      August 15, 1870

Bark NOAMI. U. S. No. 18108. Of 320.17 tons. Home port, Ashtabula, Ohio.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1869

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Reason: aground
Lives: 3
Freight: coal
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 44.24445 Longitude: -86.32425
William R. McNeil
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Naomi (Bark), U18108, aground, 4 Nov 1869