The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
North West (Bark), U18102, aground, 1 Aug 1865

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A CLEVELAND BUILT BARK IN TROUBLE.--The Bark P.C. SHERMAN reports the Bark NORTH WEST, of Chicago, in a perilous situation in Mackinaw Straits. From the information which came to hand, it would appear that during thick weather, and while under full sail, she struck on Sheboygan (sic) Point, a place opposite the lower end of Bois Blanc island. The weather for a short period continued favorable, and a few thousand bushels of grain were lightened out. The wind suddenly raised from an opposite quarter, creating a very heavy sea, causing the vessel to pound heavily, with fair prospect of her going to pieces, since which time nothing further has been heard of her. The NORTH WEST was owned by B.S. Shepard, of Chicago, and was considered one of the finest and fleetest on the lakes. She was built by Peck and Masters, of this city, and cameout new in 1862. She registered 629 tons, and her cash valuation was $24,000.
      Cleveland Plain Dealer
      August 17, 1865

Bark NORTHWEST. U. S. No. 18102. Of 458.54 tons. Home port, Chicago, Ill.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871

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Reason: aground
Freight: grain
Remarks: Got off
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.66446 Longitude: -84.43559
William R. McNeil
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North West (Bark), U18102, aground, 1 Aug 1865