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J. Duval (Schooner), U75721, capsized, 1 Jul 1880

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      [Special Telegram to the Inter Ocean]
Manitowoc, Wis., July 16. -- The schooner DUVALL was found off Two Rivers this morning, bottom side up. The tugs HOYUMAN, of Milwaukee; the WITZELL, of Racine, and the schooner FEARLESS, of Racine, succeeded in righting her about 11:10 a. m. The bodies of the Captains son and one seaman were found on deck, the former in full dress and the latter in his night clothes. The schooner is filled with water, and search in her cabin cannot be made until she is pumped out. She is at present drawing too much water to enter the harbor. The damage to the schooner is thought to be slight, save the loss of some rigging.
      Horn's Pier, Wis., July 16. - The capsized schooner J. DUVAL was today found about five miles out in a due easterly direction from Manitowoc. Two dead bodies were found lashed to the rigging, but not identified. She was brought into Manitowoc Harbor at 4 o'clock this afternoon.
The capsized schooner JOSEPH DUVAL hailed from Racine, and was owned by Slanson & Duvall. She rated A 1, was of 132 tons burthen, was worth about $8,000, and uninsured. Her captain John Doad, was an old resident and captain of Racine, and a member of Odd Fellow Lodge, No. S. I. O. O. F., and his life was insured for $1,000. He leaves a wife and seven children. His oldest son being on the vessel and lost at the time of the accident. George Colter, the mate of the DUVALL, was also an old resident of Racine and an Odd Fellow, and leaves a wife and eight children in stringent circumstances. It is thought among sailors that there were two other men on board the vessel from Racine, but the general opinion is that the crew was shipped at Chicago. The DUVALL was a neat little schooner, but those who have sailed on her say she was crank without ballast, and as the ballast was taken out the last trip it is supposed to be the cause of her capsizing so easily.
      The J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, 1880

      The books found on board the wreck of the capsized schooner J. DUVAL, show the names of the crew to have been Capt. John Doad; George Coltes; Carl Schmidt; Frank Doad; Carl Zend; August Remien and David Steadman. All the bodies have been recovered except the last three named.
      Parry Sound North Star
      July 30, 1880

Schooner J. DUVALL. U. S. No. 75721. Of 131.61 tons gross; 125.03 tons net. Built Manitowoc, Wis., 1874. Home port, Milwaukee, Wis. 103.0 x 24.0 x 7.0.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Reason: capsized
Lives: 7
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    Latitude: 45.163611 Longitude: -81.295833
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J. Duval (Schooner), U75721, capsized, 1 Jul 1880