The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
George L. Colwell (Propeller), U85629, aground, 16 Oct 1894

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Detroit, Oct. 16 - Capt. Smith of the stmr. GEORGE L. COLWELL, wrecked near Deer Park, Lake Superior, last Saturday, telegraphed the owners of the boat yesterday that the stern of the boat had been carried away by the gale.
The schr. D.P. DOBBING, which went ashore at the same time at the COLWELL, has broken in two. Both boats are total losses.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      October 16, 1894 7-1

A steamer for Jesse H. Farwell is being made by A. Anderson at marine City. It is presumed that the machinery of the wrecked steamer COLWELL will be placed in her. The COLWELL will be cut down to a barge.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, January 4, 1895

The new boat being built by Anderson of Marine City for Capt. farwell is well along towards completion. The engines of the GEORGE L. COLWELL will be put in her and the COLWELL reduced to a barge.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Thursday, April 18, 1895
      The steambarge launched yesterday at Marine City is named the GEORGE FARWELL. The boat had to drop a distance of 5 feet after leaving the ways and was nearly thrown over in doing so, but quickly righted herself and floated gallantly in the element which is to be her future home. A crowd of some 500 saw the launch.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Thursday, June 27, 1895
      The United States Marshall, J. Bernatz, seized the machinery and boiler of the steambarge HAYWARD, now being placed in the old tow barge COLWELL at Marine City on Monday. The HAYWARD is owned by J.R. Van Slack and Capt. John Pringle, Jr., of Detroit.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, October 26, 1897

Steam screw GEO. L. COLWELL. U. S. No. 85629. Of 447 tons gross; 371 tons net. Built Bay City, Mich., 1880. Home port, New York, N.Y. 154.2 x 30.7 x 10.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S. 1899


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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Rebuilt as barge
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 46.67445 Longitude: -85.61625
William R. McNeil
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George L. Colwell (Propeller), U85629, aground, 16 Oct 1894