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Arrow (Schooner), U372, aground, 1 Nov 1869


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ARROW Schooner, cargo lumber, ashore near Chicago; crew lost; vessel total loss.
      Marine Disasters on the Western
      Lakes during 1869, Capt. J.W. Hall


ARROW Schooner of 190 Tons, owned Chicago. Bound from Muskegon to Chicago in November of 1869, cargo lumber, vessel went ashore in a gale near Chicago; a total loss. Lost all her crew of five. Loss to vessel $10,000. Loss to cargo $ 13,000. Insurance on vessel $6,500. Insurance on cargo $10,000.
      Marine Casualties on the Great Lakes 1863 - 1873
      Report of the United States Coast Guard.



The loss of the ARROW- The following particulars of the loss of the schooner ARROW are received from Chicago by telegraph: She left Muskegon last Friday morning, with lumber for Chicago. During the darkness and gale of Tuesday night, she was driven ashore a little north of Gosport, Wednesday morning. Word reached the city, and the tug MOSHER was dispatched to her assistance. After getting as near the vessel as possible the tug put out her life-boat, manned by seven men, who did their best to reach the schooner, but were caught in the breakers, swamped and driven upon the beach, having had a narrow escape with their lives. The tug WOOD was sent out with two life-boats, and reached the wreck in the night. One of the life-boats was manned by five men, who called for the schooner, but just before reaching her their boat swamped. Three of the boat's crew succeeded in boarding the schooner, one swam to the shore and the other was drowned. Early yesterday morning the three men from the ??? boat who boarded the schooner swam ashore and saved themselves and reported that during the night the Captain of the ARROW and his six men, becoming exhausted from exposure, were washed overboard and drowned. The bodies of six of the men floated ashore yesterday evening. Three about a mile south of the wreck, and three at Evanston pier.
      Cleveland Plain Dealer
      November 20, 1869 3-3



The loss of the ARROW- The following particulars of the loss of the schooner ARROW are received from Chicago by telegraph: She left Muskegon last Friday morning, with lumber for Chicago. During the darkness and gale of Tuesday night, she was driven ashore a little north of Gosport, Monday morning word reached the city that she was hard aground about two hundred yards from shore, that the waves were washing over her and that the crew were clinging to the rigging. The tug MOSHER was dispatched to her assistance, and after getting as near the vessel as possible the tug put out her life-boat, manned by seven men, who did their best to reach the schooner, but were caught in the breakers, swamped and driven upon the beach, having had a narrow escape with their lives. The tug being unable to offer further assistance, returned to this port.
      In the evening the tug WOOD was sent out with two life-boats, and reached the wreck in the night. One of the life-boats was manned by five men, who pulled for the schooner, but just before reaching her their boat swamped. Three of the boat's crew succeeded in boarding the schooner, one swam to the shore and the other was drowned. Early yesterday morning three men in a life boat who had boarded the schooner swm ashore and saved themselves and reported that during the night the Captain of the ARROW and his six men, becoming exhausted from long exposure, were washed overboard and drowned. The bodies of six of the men floated ashore yesterday evening. Three about a mile south of the wreck, and three at Evanston pier.
      Toledo Blade
      November 20, 1869
     
     
Schooner ARROW. U. S. No. 372. Of 190.62 tons. Home port, Chicago, Ill.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1869
     
     
     


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Reason: aground
Lives: 5
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1869
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McN.W.8278
Language of Item:
English
  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Arrow (Schooner), U372, aground, 1 Nov 1869