MINER, JOHN Bark, cargo railroad iron; ashore near Forty Mile Point; one man killed; total loss.
Marine Disasters on the Western
Lakes during 1869, Capt. J.W. Hall
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Disasters on Lake Huron - The Milwaukee Sentinel reports the following:
The bark JOHN MINER, bound from Buffalo to this port with a cargo of 1,322 bars of railroad iron, is ashore in Hammond Bay, full of water. One of her crew was killed by the fall of something from aloft after the vessel struck. The MINER is owned by William Lurkins and Capt. Harry Spink, of this place. She was built at Detroit several years ago, rated A 2 and is valued at $18,000. Mr. Lurkin owns 2/3 interest, which is insured in the Security and Western for $8,000 and $4,000 each. Capt. Spink's interest is also insured, but what company we did not know.
Detroit Free Press
November 24, 1869
B.B. Jones, of this city, had $2,000 worth of household furniture and other valuables on the bark JOHN MINER, wrecked at Forty Mile Pt. We are sorry to learn that there was no insurance. Mr. Jones was removing the goods from this city to Milwaukee with the intention of changing his residence.
Buffalo Daily Courier
November 27, 1869 2-5
Schooner JOHN MINER. U. S. No. 12686. Of 273.32 tons gross; 259.6 tons net. Built at Detroit, Mich., in 1866. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 134.4 x 26.0 x 10.4
Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1895
NOTE:-- The JOHN MINER, U. S. No., 12686 became a total loss on Point aux Barques reef Oct. 19, 1902. She was originally classed as a bark, then later rigged as a schooner.