The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Traveler (Schooner), aground, 24 Oct 1868

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We regret to be obliged to record another disaster which in all probability involves the loss of 4 lives, besides the total destruction of a vessel with cargo. According to the story of Mr. A.L. Huntley, a resident of Valparaiso, Ind., the Chicago schr, TRAVELER, of 87.81 tons burden, was wrecked about 2 miles south of Calumet at 8:00 A.M. yesterday morning, October 24. The vessel was thrown on the beach dismasted, with not a soul on board of her. Shortly afterwards her sides were stove in and the deck broke free from the timbers, washing her deck load of lumber all over the bulwarks of the schooner. This part of the lumber came ashore and was soon carried off by the neighboring farmers. The water is washing completely through her shattered sides, and but for the lumber in the hold, she would already have gone to pieces.
      The vessel is owned by Michael Canney and David Lawrence, of this city, the former of whom was on board the vessel as master, and who, in all probability, has found a watery grave together with the entire crew. There must have been 2 or 3 men on board beside the master, and as no one has come ashore near Calumet the supposition that all hands were drowned will doubtless prove correct.
      Mr. Huntley, who was near Calumet at the time of the disaster, comes here with the laudible purpose of finding the owners of the vessel. He has provided for the protection of the balance of the cargo of lumber in the hold of the vessel, otherwise all would have been carried off by the piratically inclined residents of the neighborhood, near where the disaster occurred. The TRAVELER was an old vessel and hardly worth $1,500. - Chicago Post, 24th.
      Detroit Free Press
      October 25, 1868

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The schooner TRAVELER which was wrecked at Calumet on Thursday morning, was a craft of 109 tons burden, built at Milwaukee in 1847 by DeWolf, rebuilt 1861 and valued at $1,500, owned by Cannes & Lawrence of Chicago.
      Chicago Tribune
      Monday, October 26, 1868

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      The small schr. TRAVELER, wrecked at Calumet, Lake Michigan, last week, was a craft of 100 tons burden, having been built at Milwaukee in the year 1847 by ---- DeWolf, was rebuilt in 1861, valued at about $1,500, and was the property of Messrs. Cannes & Lawrence of Chicago.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 28, 1868 3-5

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Schooner TRAVELLER of 109 tons, classed B 2 and valued at $4,000.
      List of Vessels Which Became
      Total Losses During 1868
      Chicago Tribune
      Monday, December 14, 1868
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Schooner TRAVELLER, destroyed October 22, 1868, near Calumet
      List of Vessels Belonging to the District of
      Chicago, Which Became Total losses in 1868
      Chicago Tribune
      Monday, December 14, 1868

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Reason: aground
Lives: 4
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.73309 Longitude: -87.5256
William R. McNeil
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Traveler (Schooner), aground, 24 Oct 1868