The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
L. H. Cotton (Bark), U14712, fire, 1 Oct 1875

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The wreck of the L.H. COTTON burned on Sunday evening now lies athwartships on the harbor at Cleveland about 100 ft. from the end of the pier. It is not safe to enter the harbor except in still weather, and then keep the east pier close aboard.

      The wreck of the bark L.H. COTTON was towed to shallow water a short distance west of the piers where it now rests on the bottom. At noon on Monday the fire was burning as fiercly as ever, an immense volume of smoke and flames rolled up from the hulk. The wreck is surrounded by tugs and small boats all the time, but nothing of any importance has yet been saved and probably will not be. A portion of the charred remains of the main gaff has been brought ashore. It is completely saturated with oil. When it is considered that the distance of the gaff above the deck must have been 40 ft., it is singular that it should have become so thoroughly impregnated with the fluid.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 28, 1875 3-5

Bark L.H. COTTON. U. S. No. 14712. Of 322.38 tons. Home port, Detroit, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1869

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
William R. McNeil
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L. H. Cotton (Bark), U14712, fire, 1 Oct 1875