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Ark (Barge), aground, 1 Oct 1866


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ARK Barge, broke adrift from tug and foundered with loss of all hands, October 1866. Total loss, 5 lives lost. property loss $3,700
      Casualty List for 1866---Buffalo
      Commercial Advertiser, Feb. 26, 1867

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BARGES ADRIFT. - Four barges, named respectively the ONTARIO, ARK, ELLIOTT and DETROIT, all laden with lumber, while on the passage down from Saginaw, it is reported, broke adrift from the tug which had them in tow, and were at last accounts adrift on Lake Huron, at the mercy of the wind and waves. Assistance has been sent to search out their whereabouts. - Detroit Free Press, 27th.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Tuesday, October 30, 1866

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      ARK Barge of 295 Tons, owned at Detroit by Ward & Co. Bound from Detroit to Saginaw, foundered a total loss in Lake Huron, October 1866. Loss to ship $3,800. Five lives lost
      Marine Casualties on the Great Lakes
      1863-1873 U. S. Coast Guard Report

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      MARINE DISASTERS. - There is no doubt of the loss of the barge ARK, on Lake Huron. Her yawl has been found, bottom up. - Toledo Blade.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, November 3, 1866

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      BARGE ARK HEARD FROM. - The Saginaw Enterprise says that the barge ARK, which was supposed to have been lost in the late gale on Lake Huron, about four weeks ago, has been heard from. By a private despatch from one of the crew to Capt. Rankin, of the tug HERCULES, which had her in tow, cut her loose, she drifted slowly before the wind towards the Canadian shore, and was finally cast ashore 100 miles above Goderich, C. W., and went to pieces. The crew were poorly provided with provisions, which gave out entirely four days before they reached land, in this condition they walked to Goderich, where they arrived last Saturday night. - Toledo Blade.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Thursday, November 22, 1866

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BARGE ARK. - Notwithstanding the rumor that has been set afloat that this craft has been heard from, and her crew safe at Goderich, there are many who much doubt the truthfulness of the report. A sufficient time has elapsed for Capt. Buzzard and his crew to have arrived here had they indeed arrived at Goderich, as had been stated. It is also believed that the captain would, before this date, have sent a despatch to his friends in this city if the statement was correct. - Detroit Free Press, 21.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Friday, November 23, 1866

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      FURTHER FROM THE BARGE ARK. - We yesterday received a letter from Capt. John Buzzard, whose father, with others of the crew, was lost with this ill-fated craft. Capt. Buzzard states that there is no truth whatever in the statement that any were saved from the wreck. The remains of the wreck were found 100 miles above Goderich, and among them his father's spyglass, papers, trunk and clock, besides two planes which had the name Buzzard stamped upon them. The cabin trunk was also found in close proximity to these articles. The coast from Goderich up to the point of disaster has been closely examined by Mr. W.E. Leonard, who states there can be no doubt that all perished before the bark came upon the beach. - Milwaukee News.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Tuesday, November 27, 1866

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NOTE. - built as barge 1857, became steamer ARK in 1858, bacame barge again in 1866, her engine was put in the new steamer MARINE CITY.


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Reason: aground
Lives: 5
Hull damage: $3,700
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1866
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McN.W.12692
Language of Item:
English
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.971944 Longitude: -81.435277
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Ark (Barge), aground, 1 Oct 1866