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L. J Conway (Schooner), U15955, aground, 20 May 1883

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The schooner OTTAWA, which was at anchor off Twenty-second street, and, with the L.J. CONWAY, was so anxiously watched by people from the beach, got safely into South Chicago. A private dispatch so announces, She had a collision there with the steamship KETCHAM, but did not sustain serious damage.
The CONWAY was not so lucky. She got out to sea in the evening of Monday, as the OTTAWA did, but went ashore yesterday morning at Fifty-ninth street, being beached by Captain Smith for safety. Inspector Newcomb and one of the life-saving crew took the apparatus on a wagon to the scene, but found vessel and crew all right. It is a snady bottom and she is in no danger. The crew remained on board. The CONWAY measures 96 tons and is owned by Larson; valued at $3,000. Her cargo of shingles, for Chicago, is all intact, even the deckload.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, May 1883

The Schooner L.J. CONWAY, Capt. William Smith, was pulled off the shore at Hyde Park on Thursday by the Tug McCORMICK, after lightering her deck load of shingles, and brought into the harbor, she was making considerable water, which was however kept under water by the aid of two pumps and she was placed in Miller Brothers, dry dock. - Chicago Report.
      Marine Record
      June 2, 1883

The L.J. CONWAY will be repaired.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, May 1883

Schooner L.J. CONWAY. U. S. No. 15955. Of 90.45 tons gross; 85.93 tons net. Built Manitowoc, Wis., 1873. Home port, Muskegom, Mich. 80.0 x 21.0 x 6.0.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
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L. J Conway (Schooner), U15955, aground, 20 May 1883