The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
John Sweeney (Bark), aground, 1 Dec 1866

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JOHN SWEENY Bark, cargo lumber, ashore at Muskegon, December 1866. Total loss. Property loss, hull $10,000 cargo $5,000
      Casualty List for 1866---Buffalo
      Commercial Advertiser, Feb. 26, 1867

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JOHN SWEENY Bark of 310 Tons,owned at Chicago. Bound from Buffalo to Chicago, went ashore at Muskegon, Lake Michigan, a total loss. December 1866. Loss to ship $9,500 insurance $5,500 Loss to cargo $5,500 insurance $3,000
      Marine Casualties on the Great Lakes
      1863-1873 U. S. Coast Guard Report

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      LOSS OF THE BARK JOHN SWEENEY. - This vessel bound from Muskegon for Chicago with a cargo of lumber, was driven on the bar at the mouth of Muskegon River, on Saturday afternoon, and, there being a heavy sea on at the time, she became a total wreck. She was owned by Gottlieb Schlecht, a butcher, of Chicago, and was valued at $20,000, upon which there was no insurance. The insurance policy expired on Friday last, and was not renewed, as the distance between Chicago and Muskegon was so short, and the risk small. The owner informs us that he has paid upwards of $800 insurance during the past season, and regards it as hard luck to have his vessel to the day after his policy expired. The SWEENEY measured 418 tons, old style, and was built in Buffalo by F.N. Jones, in 1855. She received extensive repairs this season and rated B 1. - Milwaukee Sentinel, 5th.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, December 8, 1866

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Reason: aground
Lives: $10
Hull damage: ,000
Cargo: $5,000
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.23418 Longitude: -86.24839
William R. McNeil
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John Sweeney (Bark), aground, 1 Dec 1866