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Lucy J. Clark (Schooner), U14713, aground, 25 Sep 1883

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Cheboygan, Mich., Sept. 25. -- A heavy gale has prevailed from the northwest, and the weather was cold, but is moderating tonight. The schooner LUCY J. CLARK, with oats, bound in, ran ashore last night west of the piers, and seas were breaking over her. The damages is unknown until the wind subsides. She is out two feet and thumping considerably. Tugs will work at her as soon as the weather permits. The captain, who is ashore, says this storm will prove a disastrous one to shipping.
      J.W. Hall Great lakes Marine Scrapbook, September, 1883

The Schooner LUCY J. CLARK, bound up, went ashore at Cheboygan. - Detroit Report.
      Marine Record
      Sept. 27, 1883

LUCY J. CLARK Schooner, ashore September 25, 1883. app. value $10,000. app. loss $200.
      Casualty List for 1883
      Toronto Globe, Dec. 4, 1883

      Cheboygan, Mich., Nov. 2. -- A terrible storm raged yesterday from the south and west and considerable snow fell... The tug COE got the CLARK off, but had to let her get a mile from Cross Village, and ran here for shelter. News came from there today that the CLARK had rolled over and went down, and drowned three of her crew.
      J.W. Hall Great lakes Marine Scrapbook, November, 1883

Harbor Springs, Mich., Nov. 13. -- The schooner LUCY J. CLARK, which went ashore at Cross Village Friday, Nov., 2, was released by the tug S.S. COE, of Milwaukee, Sunday morning. At the time the wind was blowing a gale from the southwest, which raised the water two feet. Sail was made on the schooner, and, with four men heaving on the anchor, the tug had no difficulty in getting her off. The COE attempted to tow her to Sturgeon Bay, but the schooner's steering apparatus was out of gear, she got into the trough of the sea and became unmanageable. All this time they had the steam pump at work on the vessel. When they saw the vessel would not follow the tug, they attempted to pull her back to the dock, but the sea mountains high and sweeping clear over the tug, she let go the schooner, which then dropped anchor, and the tug came to the dock here, reaching it with difficulty. The steam pump became loosened from the vessel, and was soon out of running order. The sea washed her deckload of wood off, and she
The Captain soon ordered a signal of distress put up, which was done by the first mate, but no one could do anything for them. Soon after the flag was put up the Captain ordered the small boat lowered. Five men got into it. The men were in several minutes before the mate got in, and then the Captain. The last man to leave her was an engineer - a man named Moody, of Milwaukee, who came here on the tug to take charge of the steam pump. Mr. Moody in getting into the boat, fell overboard. He was caught by one of the sailors, who held him by the collar, but lost his hold. Moody sank, and on coming to the surface was again caught by the sailor, and, assisted by the Captain, he was hoisted into the boat. At this moment the vessel capsized, and the line being cut, with eight men in it, was at the mercy of the waves. The Captain placed his men in the boat, so it would better ride the waves. When about twenty-five rods from shore, however,
Throwing all into the water. The boat rolled over three times. he mate, Mike Rodden, of Chicago, never reached the boat again. Captain Johnson got on the bottom of the boat with the engineer and two men. Three of the men could not reach the boat, and started to swim for the shore. Two of them reached it. The cook, a young man named Eugene Ordway, of Chicago, was seen standing in the water waist deep. One of the men who reached the shore spoke to him asking him how he was getting along. he said nothing but smiled, and the undertow took him back into the lake, and he was lost. The boat rolled over, again washing the four off. The captain came up underneath. Letting go, he managed to get hold of the keel again. Engineer Moody was a good swimmer, but could not get to the boat again, and went down. The other two men leg go the boat, and were washed ashore. The Captain clung and reached the shore more dead than alive. Thus out of a crew of eight, five reached the shore.
      They had to be helped to reach Cross Village, only one man being able to walk.
      None of the three bodies have washed ashore, as the sea is so large the undertow keeps them out.
      The vessel is still at anchor, and pieces are washing ashore. She had 230 cords of wood on, bound for Chicago. She was a large vessel, 20 years old, and insured for $9,000.
      Captain Johnson reached harbor Springs today, having lost everything. Through the kindness of President Hughart, of the Grand Rapids and Iowa railroad, who furnished free transportation by rail, he and the other survivors will reach Chicago tomorrow evening.
      J.W. hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, November, 1883


      Schooner LUCY J. CLARK.* U. S. No. 14713. Of 308.95 tons gross; 293.51 tons net. Built Port Huron, Mich., 1863. Home port, Chicago, Ill.
* Donates vessel is Lost, Wrecked or otherwise out of service.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

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Hull damage: $200
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    Latitude: 45.64696 Longitude: -84.47448
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Lucy J. Clark (Schooner), U14713, aground, 25 Sep 1883