The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Jay Gould (Propeller), aground, 11 Nov 1887

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Chicago.---Thursday night Leopold & Austrian received a telegram from Waukegan, stating that the propeller JAY GOULD, which left here for Lake Superior Thursday morning, had broken down off that port. The tug MORFORD was sent to her assistance, but failed to find her. A telegram from Milwaukee stated that the GOULD was ashore four miles from there, and a later telegram reported that she had been released by the ANDY JOHNSON and two tugs. She lost her rudder and shoe and will suffer considerable delay.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Nov. 17, 1887

Milwaukee.---The boiler of the propeller JAY GOULD, which left Chicago last Friday morning, sprung a leak when off Kenosha, putting out the fires and leaving her helpless. The mate with the others of the crew pulled ashore in a yawl, several miles distant, and telegraphed to Chicago for a tug. For twelve hours the GOULD rolled about in the sea, spring a bad leak. As the fires were out the siphon could not be used, and the hand pumps were manned about midnight. Before assistance arrived temporary repairs had been made to the boiler so that steam could be raised and she came along slowly. At 4 o'clock saturday morning the boiler gave out and left her helpless. She was then off the south point of Milwaukee. Both anchors were let go, but one anchor chain parted and she drifted over the reef until she struck on the rocks. Her signal of distress was discovered by the propeller CITY OF LUDINGTON, which sent two tugs and a crew to her. A heavy sea was running, all of the GOULD's lines parted and then a hawser was secured, with which she was pulled over the reef. She had pounded so badly that she leaked worse than before. By request of Captain Smith the life saving crew and Revenue cutter JOHNSON stood by to take off the crew, as he feared she would go to the bottom. At last she was brought in, in safety, and a rotary steam pump was placed on board to prevent her sinking in the river. She was pumped out and docked in the morning. Her rudder and shoe are gone, and her bottom is thought to be badly damaged. The cargo of 33,000 bushels of oats, and about 500 tons of general merchandise from Chicago, is all in her hold, and is more or less damaged. Austrian and Spencer, of Chicago, are here looking after the vessel and her cargo.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Nov. 17, 1887 p. 5

Propeller JAY GOULD of 837 tons,owned by Austrian & Leopold. Built 1869. Home port, Chicago and classed A 2. On November 11, 1887 vessel with a cargo of sundries, went ashore on Lake Michigan. Property loss, hull $4,000 cargo $6,000
      1887 Casualty List (Partial Loss)
      The Marine Record, Dec. 15, 1887

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $4,000
Cargo: $6,000
Freight: oats & sundries
Remarks: Got off
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.0389 Longitude: -87.90647
William R. McNeil
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Jay Gould (Propeller), aground, 11 Nov 1887