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Jarvis Lord (Propeller), U75499, sunk, 17 Aug 1885

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      Chicago, Aug. 19 - Captain Condon of the steamer OCEANICS, which arrived from Buffalo at a late hour last night, reported the loss of the steamer JARVIS LORD, bound from St. Ignace for Chicago with a load of iron ore. On Monday morning, while off the Manitous, the JARVIS LORD sprang a leak and made water so rapidly that the pumps were useless. It was then decided to run her on the beach, and she was put about and headed for Glen Haven. About 1 o'clock, when within two miles of Glen Haven, the steamer was abandoned and sank stern first in about forty fathoms of water. The crew narrowly escaped with their lives, but succeeded in making Glen Haven in small boats. Fron Glen Haven they will take passage on the propeller LAWRENCE for Chicago this morning. The steamer and her cargo are a total loss. She was built at Marine City in 1872, was of 938 tons register, was rated A 2 1/2, was valued at $32,000 and owned in Cleveland. She is said to be insured for $28,000 in the hull pool.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, August 19, 1885

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      The steam barge JARVIS LORD of Chicago, iron ore laden, bound from St. Ignace to Chicago, sprung a leak at noon Tuesday and sunk in 45 fathoms of water near South Manitou Island. Capt. Richard Neville and crew took to the small boats and landed safely at Glen Arbor.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, August 19, 1885

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      The steam barge JARVIS LORD of Chicago, ore laden which sunk Wednesday near South Manitou Island, was owned by Moore & Barbour of Cleveland, and valued at $32,000. She was built at Marine City in 1872.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Thursday, August 20, 1885

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      Propeller JARVIS LORD, of Cleveland, 641 tons built 1872. With a cargo of ore vessel sunk in Lake Michigan August 17, 1885, a total loss. Value of loss $35,500 for vessel and cargo.
      Total Losses on the Lakes, 1885
      Cleveland leader
      December 7, 1885

Steam screw JARVICE LORD. U.S. No. 75499. Of 770.97 tons gross; 641.06 tons net. Built 1873 at Marine City, Mich. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 178.3 x 32.6 x 18.0 of 500 horse power nominal.
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1885

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $32,000
Freight: iron ore
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 44.90194 Longitude: -86.02759
William R. McNeil
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Jarvis Lord (Propeller), U75499, sunk, 17 Aug 1885