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John T. Johnson (Barge), U75556, aground, 13 Nov 1883

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A despatch from Cleveland gives the following additional particulars of the wreck of the schr. J.T. JOHNSON. The JOHNSON was driven ashore east of the government pier at 11:30. Sunday night, after dragging her anchor. She was scuttled and lies broadside on the same spot on which the MINCH stranded. The boat of the life crew was capsized and the men narrowly escaped drowning in the heavy sea. The crew of 6 and a female cook were taken off in the life-car. The schooner is likely to be damaged considerably and may go to pieces if the wind blows long. She had anchored off the pier, but the weather was too bad for a tug to go to her. She was owned by Ryan & Johnson of Sandusky, registers 648 tons and is valued at $20,000 and insured for $10,000. Her cargo of 900 tons of ore is shipped from Escanaba to Tod Stambaugh & Co. of Cleveland.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 13, 1883 3-3

      The storm which swept over the lakes on Sunday afternoon and all day Monday and Monday night, was perhaps more disastrous to shipping than any previous one for a long number of years. The JOHN J. JOHNSON, Captain Peterson, ore laden from Escanaba, under consort of the steambarge OHIO, was let go when about twelve miles off this port, when the storm struck her. She cast her anchor, which dragged, and she was cast upon the beach. The crew of the doomed vessel, including six sailors and the cook, stood in the rigging waiting for help, which arrived in the boat of the life-savers, Captain C.C. Goodwin. Leaving John Everleigh aboard the JOHNSON, they rigged a line intending to bring the men ashore in a basket. On the return the boat containing the life-savers was capsized, all having a narrow escape from drowning. The mortar was placed in position and the shore end of the crew with the assistance of volunteer Tovat, who is always on hand in an emergency of this kind, succeeded in putting a line over the JOHNSON, which was skillfully caught by Mr. Everleigh, and the entire crew came safely to shore, saturated and benumbed with the cold water. They were hospitably treated after they reached the docks and are thankful for the warming coffee and other liquids that were furnished them. The JOHNSON is owned by Estus, Ryan & Johnson, and insured for about $16,000. She was built at Huron in 1873, rated A 2 and registered 646 Tons. She is valued at $19,000. -- Cleveland Report.
      Marine Record
      Nov. 15, 1883

Capt. George McCloud is pushing the work of releasing the J.T. JOHNSON as fast as possible.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 16, 1883 3-3

The barge JOHNSON ashore at Cleveland, was released on Monday afternoon by Patrick Smith. She was towed to the old river bed, where she was allowed to sink in the mud, and there she will remain until lightered of her cargo, as she makes water too rapidly to keep up. Mr. Smith receives $3,000 from Smith & Davis of this city, who hold her insurance.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 21, 1883 3-4

Patrick Smith who undertood to raise the schooner JOHN T. JOHNSON finally succeeded, with the aid of four steam pumps and canvas jackets, in releasing her. She was taken into the old river bed and permitted to sink in shoal water near Radcliff's shipyard where the survey was held on Tuesday. Mr. Parson of Buffalo on behalf of the Underwriters and John Cannon for the vessels interest. - Cleveland Report.
      Marine Record
      Nov. 22, 1883

Schooner JOHN T. JOHNSON. U. S. No. 75556. Of 448.09 tons gross; 425.69 tons net. Built Huron, O., 1873. Home port, Vermillion, O. 171.4 x 3.0 x 11.0.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: ore
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
William R. McNeil
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John T. Johnson (Barge), U75556, aground, 13 Nov 1883