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Joseph (Barge), U45143, aground, 6 Nov 1885

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East Tawas, Nov. 6. - The revenue cutter FESSENDEN has returned, having cruised about the Charities searching for the barge JOSEPH, but found no trace of her.
      Saginaw Courier-Herald
      Saturday, November 7, 1885

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      The river tug J.P. CLARK, now at Cleveland, was libeled Thursday for the sum of $2,926 by Messrs. Nelson Little, of Port Huron, and A.T. Kinney, of Cleveland, owners of the lumber barge JOSEPH. The suit grows out of a contract made by the owners of the CLARK Nov. 2 to tow the JOSEPH with a cargo of lumber from Tawas City to Cleveland for one-third of the freight bill on 341,000 feet of lumber at $1.25 per 1,000. The start from Tawas was made Nov. 5, but in crossing Saginaw Bay a furious gale was encountered, and, as the barge began leaking, her master requested the master of the tug to tow her under the protection of Port Austin Reef, but instead he turned about and endeavored to make back to Tawas. In doing so the barge became water-logged and was lost, the crew barely escaping with their lives. The owners now say the barge was worth $2,500. They ask that the tug be sold to pay that amount.
      Saginaw Courier-Herald
      Saturday, November 14, 1885

      Barge JOSEPH, of Port Huron. Built 1867 and of 292 tons, went ashore at Caseville, Lake Huron, November 6, 1885 with a cargo of lumber, she was a total loss. Value of loss $3,500.
      Total losses for 1885
      Cleveland Leader
      December 7, 1885

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      There are still thirty-four persons remaining on Big Charity Island, where the propeller OCONTO was beached a few days ago. All the boats belonging to the OCONTO, except one, have gone ashore. A part of eight left the island yesterday in a yawl of the wrecked barge JOSEPH. The landed safely at Point Lookout and walked to Tawas where they are now being cared for at the Strong House.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      December 12, 1885

Sloop JOSEPH. U. S. No. 45143. Of 283.08 tons gross. Built Bay City, Mich, 1867. Home port, Port Huron, Mich,
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885
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Reason: aground
Hull damage: $3,500
Cargo: inc.
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.94113 Longitude: -83.27135
William R. McNeil
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Joseph (Barge), U45143, aground, 6 Nov 1885