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Siskavet (Schooner), aground, 1 Dec 1849


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LIST OF VESSELS LOST IN THE LAKE SUPERIOR TRADE. - Since the discovery of copper in the Upper Peninsula in 1845, and the commencement of the Lake Superior steamer and vessel trade, many craft engaged in the trade have been lost. Previous to the discovery of copper, there was no other trade but that of furs, and one of the fur trading vessels was lost - the JOHN JACOB ASTOR. We have compiled the following table, which will be found of interest to those connected with the Lake Superior copper trade:
      Name of vessel Value Value cargo Year Lives lost
Schooner MERCHANT $4,000 $2,000 1847 18
Propeller GOLIATH $18,000 $18,000 1847
Steamer BEN FRANKLIN $15,000 $4,000 1850
Propeller MONTICELLO $30,000 $10,000 1851
* Schooner SISKOWIT $1,000 $500 --
Schooner SELBY $500 $500 --
Propeller INDEPENDENCE $12,000 $18,000 1853 3
Steamer ALBANY $30,000 $2,500 1853
Propeller PENINSULA $18,000 $12,000 1854
Steamer E.K. COLLINS $100,000 $1,500 1854 20
Steamer BALITMORE $15,000 $4,000 1855
Steamer SUPERIOR $15,000 $10,000 1856 54
Propeller B.L. WEBB $50,000 $15,000 1856
Prop. CITY OF SUPERIOR $50,000 $25,000 1857
Propeller INDIANA $8,000 $2,500 1858
      --------- ------- -----
      $366,500 $125,500 95
      --------- -------- -----
Making a grand total of $492,000. - Detroit Advertiser.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, December 11, 1858

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      Schooner SISKAVET of 37.36 tons, enrolled and licensed in the district of Michillmackinac - 1849.
      Tonnage of the Lakes, 1849
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Friday, March 30, 1849

      . . . . .

      The fleet on Lake Superior is rapidly increasing. Since the mines on the shore have commenced working, considerable tonnage is required, and will rapidly increase yearly. The present force on that lake is -
Steamboat JULIA PALMER . . . . . 280 Tons
Propeller INDEPENDENCE . . . . . 280 "
Schooner NAPOLEON . . . . . . . 180 "
      " ALGONQUIN . . . . . . . 70 "
      " SWALLOW . . . . . . . 71 "
      " MERCHANT . . . . . . . 70 "
      " UNCLE TOM . . .about. . 40 "
      " CHIPPEWA . . . .". . . 40 "
      " FUR TRADER . . .". . . 30 "
      " SISKAWITT . . . .". . . 40 "
      " WHITE FISH . . .". . . 50 "
      cleveland Weekly Herald
      Wednesday, July 21, 1847

      . . . . .

      THE PIRATED SISCOWIT.
      The earliest Marquette shipwreck of which there is historical record is that of the small 50 ton schooner SISCOWIT.
      In late December of 1849 the SISCOWIT left the soo bound for Marquette with a mixed cargo of oats and corn to tide the city over the long, hard winter ahead. Instead of stopping at Marquette, the SOSCOWIT's captain continued past and eventually stood into L'Anse and laid up for the winter. When the citizens of Marquette discovered what had happened, they were extremely distraught! Not desiring to suffer for lack of food, they determined on a course of action.
      Two of their number, Captain Sam Moody and Mr. James Broadbent, snowshoed to L'Anse and, locating the missing schooner, took forcible possession of her. Refitting the SISCOWIT only as much as was necessary, they stood out from L'Anse Bay on Christmas Eve, bound for Marquette. Dawn of Christmas Day saw the "pirated" schooner dropping her anchor in Marquette Bay.
      After the cheerful residents had unloaded the cargo, an attempt was made to run the schooner into Chocolay River for the winter. However, for reasons which are not clear, an error was made and she was run on the beach, several hundred yards southeast of the river mouth. Winter storms proceeded to trap the hull in the sand of the beach, from which she was never removed. As late at 1898 her hull could still be located trapped in the sands.
      Mining Journal - Marquette Shipwrecks by
      April 1, 1889 Frederick Stonehouse.
      January 28, 1899 also
      August 15, 1904


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Reason: aground
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1849
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McN.W.17343
Language of Item:
English
  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 46.50105 Longitude: -87.3582
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William R. McNeil
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Siskavet (Schooner), aground, 1 Dec 1849