The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
John Marsh (Barge), sunk, 22 Oct 1883

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A special to the Inter Ocean dated Oct. 22 says :-This morning at 5 o'clock the captain of the tug BARONS sighted a signal of distress about five miles fron Charlotte, on Lake Ontario. She put out and found the barge PACIFIC drifting helplessly about the lake, having lost her rudder and received a bad hole in her side. The captain of the PACIFIC said the Tug CARIBEEN left Montreal on Saturday for Fair Haven, towing the PACIFIC, the JOHN MARSH, the EUGENE, and another barge. They were struck by a heavy gale, and the tow line parted leaving the barges to drift off. The PACIFIC was thrown broadside on one of the others, the collision knocking a hole in both boats. The crew on the PACIFIC say that five minutes subsequent to the collision the light on the JOHN MARSH disappeared and the vessel was never seen afterwards. She was running light and had a crew of three men and one woman, who must have perished. Their names were not ascertainable. The EUGINE hoisted sail and reached port in safety, the CARIBEEN put into Oswego and reached Charlotte tonight to pick up the PACIFIC. Old seamen say that Lake Ontario was never rougher than on Saturday and Sunday. - Rochester Report
      Marine Record
      Oct. 25, 1883

JOHN MARSH OF 300 Tons, and 4 years of age. Valued at $3,500. Became a total loss on Lake Ontario during 1883
      Lost Tonnage on the Lakes in 1883
      Marine Record, December 27, 1883

MARSH Barge, foundered October 22, 1883. App. value $4,000 app. loss $4,000
      Casualty List for 1883
      Toronto Globe, Dec. 4, 1883

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 4
Hull damage: $4,000
Freight: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.25506 Longitude: -77.61695
William R. McNeil
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John Marsh (Barge), sunk, 22 Oct 1883