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Lucy J. Clark (Schooner), U14713, aground, 6 Nov 1883

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The Tug COE with a steam pump left here to attempt to release the Schooner LUCY J. CLARK, ashore at Cross Village. The CLARK is valued at $10,000. She is insured in the Boston Marine & Shoe & Leather for $8,400. Cross Village is an Indian settlement in the northern part of Michigan, and near the entrance from Lake Michigan into the Straits of Mackinaw. It is a few miles south of Skillagalee reef, and abounds with dangerous rocks. The underwriters here ordered the Milwaukee Tug COE to proceed at once to her assistance with steam pump, hawser,and other wrecking apparatus, stopping at Charlevoix for a lighter. The schooner is commanded by Captain Louis Johnson, and is owned by James A. Purington, at present residing in Denver. She was built in Port Huron in 1863 and was formerly a brig. She was repaired in 1874, 1879, 1881, and 1883. She measures 309 Tons, rates A 2, and is valued at $9,000. Her cargo is insured for $800 in the State of Pennsylvania. - Milwaukee Report
      Marine Record
      Nov. 8, 1883

The LUCY J. CLARK is ashore at Cross Village, and full of water. She is exposed to northerly winds and liable to prove a total loss if winds blow hard from the northwest. - Cheboygan Report.
      Marine Record
      Nov. 8, 1883

The schooner LUCY J. CLARK, which went ashore near Cross Village, was released by the Tug S.S. COE, on the 12th. inst. and when in tow of the latter, bound for Sturgeon Bay, she was struck by a heavy gale, the tow line parted, and she capsized and sank, carrying with her the mate,, the engineer of the steam pump and the cook. The remainder of the crew were saved. - Chicago Report
      Marine Record
      Nov. 15, 1883

Schooner LUCY J. CLARK, foundered at Mackinaw; Total loss, owned by Purrigton, of Chicago. Valued at $12,000, insured for $8,400.
      Casualty List for 1883
      Cleveland Herald
      November 21, 1883

LUCY J. CLARK of 293 Tons. and 20 years old. Valued at $10,500 A Total loss on Lake Michigan in 1883.
      Lost Tonnage on the Lakes in 1883
      Marine Record, December 27, 1883

LUCY J. CLARK Schooner, ashore November 6, 1883. app. value $12,000. App.loss $12,000
      Casualty List for 1883
      Toronto Globe, Dec. 4, 1883

The Tug COLONEL got the CLARK off, but had to let her go 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. - Cheboygan Report.
      Marine Record
      Nov. 15, 1883

      The tug S.S. COE released her Sunday noon but owing to the tremendous seas, could not handle her, cut her line, and ran for shelter. The CLARK filled and capsized after the steam pump failed. Her crew of eight men lowered the yawl boat and started for shore. They had gone but a short distance when the yawl capsized and two were drowned. The vessel is going to pieces.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Thursday, November 15, 1883
      More on the LUCY J. CLARK loss. -- Three men were drowned as the yawl boat capsized three times on its way to shore.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, November 16, 1883

The cargo on board the schooner Lucy A. Clark, sunk last fall in Little Traverse bay, has been recovered and there is the possibility of the vessel being raised.
      Capt. Merryman, who recently succeeded in raising the sunken schooner Sam Cook, is about to commence work on the sunken schooner Erie Queen, the hull of which he has purchased.
      The anchors and chains and other outfit of the schooner Lucy J. Clark, which went ashore near Cross Village last November, have been taken to Chicago. The property was recovered for the underwriters, whose companies held policies on the wrecked vessel.
      Detroit Post
      Thursday, August 7, 1884

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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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.64223 Longitude: -85.03756
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Lucy J. Clark (Schooner), U14713, aground, 6 Nov 1883