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Julius D. Morton (Barge), sunk, 13 Jul 1873


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About 10:00 Wednesday night the lumber barge J.D. MORTON, Capt. Peter H. Fisk, one of 6 in tow of the stmb. SUN, broke from the tow about 20 miles down the lake from Celveland and in a short time went to pieces. The lake being very rough Capt. Fisk and his wife and little girl and one seaman took too a small boat and were picked up by the schr. MARYSBURG and taken to Cleveland. Two seamen, Jesse Maloy, of Sarnia, and John Kennedy, from near London, Ont., preferred remaining on the barge and it is feared were drowned. When last seen Fisk says 2 or 3 other barges were laboring heavily, and it may be that other disasters have occurred.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      August 15, 1873 3-4

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      Cleveland, August 14. -- Last night the lumber barge J.D. MORTON went to pieces in a rough Lake Erie. Two are missing.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, August 15, 1873
     
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The stmb. SUN with only 3 barges in tow, the H. BARTER, JUDD and B. BUCKOUT, arrived in port yesterday morning about 2:00. The 2 seamen reported as remaining on the wreck of the barge MORTON were brought to Buffalo, they having been rescued Thursday from a piece of the wreck and taken on board of the barge SUN. The portion of the wreck on which they were floating was surrounded with masses of lumber. From information derrived from Capt. H. Rose of the barge BARTER, it appears that the barge SUN left SAGINAW one week ago last Saturday, with 9 lumber barges in tow. On her way down, she left one at Detroit and 2 at Malden. Capt. Rose thinks they were about 15 miles off Fairport on Wednesday night, laying at anchor, when the barge MORTON broke loose. Soon after the barge GLOBE and SUNBURY parted from the tow. The 2 latter barges are reported in distress, with their crews all safe at Kelley's Island. Capt. Ballentine, was hailed by the captain of the SUNBURY, who was in search of a tug. The SUNBURY was in sight about 9 miles southeast of Kelley's Island in a waterlogged condition. She undoubtedly reached safe harbor, as the weather was not threatening. A dispatch was received by Mr. Montgomery, owner of the SUN, on Saturday, reporting the barge GLOBE at Kelley's Island in distress (probably waterlogged). The SUN took in some 3 ft. of water, and the barge BARTER had so much water in her it was feared she would founder, but they succeeded in keeping her up, and she arrived in port safely.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      August 18, 1873 3-4

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Cleveland, Aug. 18 - Two sailors, who were supposed drowned, when the barge MORTON foundered last Wednesday, have been rescued from floating lumber in the lake.
      The Toronto Mail
      Wednesday, August 20, 1873

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The cargo of the J.D. MORTON belonged to Mr. Ketchum, of Saginaw, and was valued at $4,500, and was not insured.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      August 20, 1873 3-6

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Capt. Ottinger of the revenue cutter PERRY, cruised over the locality of the disaster to the barge MORTON on Thursday. Saw quantities of lumber, but nothing of value which they could save, except a seaman's trunk which was taken into Cleveland.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      August 23, 1873 3-4

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Barge J.D. MORTON of 400 tons. Owned Toledo by A. Stone. Bound from Saginaw to Cleveland during August 1873, vessel went ashore below Cleveland, a total loss. Loss to ship $4,000; loss to cargo $7,500. Insurance on ship $1,600; insurance on cargo $3,000.
      Marine Casualties of the Great Lakes
      1863 to 1873. Report of U. S. Coast Guard

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $4,000
Cargo: $7,500
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1873
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Local identifier:
McN.W.15056
Language of Item:
English
  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Julius D. Morton (Barge), sunk, 13 Jul 1873