Maritime History of the Great Lakes
J. S. Seaverns (Propeller), sunk, 10 May 1884
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SEAVERNS, J.S. Propeller. Home port, Saugatuck. On May 10, 1884 Propeller sunk at Michipicoten, Lake Superior, with a cargo of supplies, and became a total loss. Hull loss $12,500. Cargo loss $20,434. Insured for $28,434
      Disasters to Lake Vessels, 1884
      Cleveland Herald Nov. 28th. 1884
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SEAVERNS, J.S. Propeller of 173 tons. Built Saugatuck Aug. 1880 by James Elliott. Owned by R.C. Brittain. Home port, Saugatuck. Valued at $15,000 and classed A 2 REMARKS :- Built on bottom of Steamer WARD.
      Vessel Classification of Inland Lloyds
      American Hulls for 1882

      This little boat[ J.P. WARD] had a colorful history. She was built at Detroit by J. L. Wolverton in 1857 as a sidewheel tug and was in use as a boom tug on the Saginaw River until she caught fire in July of 1865. She was raised and converted to a schooner (US#12791) locally, at a total cost of $40,000.
She was towed to Saugatuck after the accident above and her hull was was used by Brittain to build a passenger propeller named J. S. SEAVERNS (US#76152), being launched anew in 1880. The SEAVERNS was sold Canadian in 1884 and was owned on Lake Superior when she backed onto a reef in Michipicoten Harbor in May of the same year. She foundered after being pulled free, a total loss. ] Dave Swayze note.

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Reason: sunk
Hull damage: $12,500
Cargo: $20,424
Freight: supplies
Remarks: Total loss
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William R. McNeil
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J. S. Seaverns (Propeller), sunk, 10 May 1884