The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Selby (Schooner)


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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
      . . . . .

      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


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Hull damage: $500
Cargo: $500
Remarks: Total loss
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McN.W.17346
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English
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William R. McNeil
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Selby (Schooner)