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Arcadia (Propeller), U106552, sunk, 14 Apr 1907

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Ludington, April 27 - The second body of the victims of the ARCADIA disaster to be thrown up by the waves came ashore at a deserted spot 6 miles north of Big Pt. Sable and was found by 2 Indians. The remains were brought here and identified as those of Otto Chavalia of Manistee, who was a fireman on the lost steamer. A sharp lookout is being maintained for the remains of the other victims. of the disaster.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      April 28, 1907 20-4

WRECK Of THE ARCADIA. - The first tragedy of the season has occurred on Lake Michigan. Wreckage had been picked up by fishing tugs for several days, but not until the bulwarks were washed ashore near Pentwater bearing the name of the steamer ARCADIA was the identity of the lost vessel known. The ARCADIA left Manistee April 12 for Two Rivers with a cargo of hardwood lumber. shipped by the State Lumber Co. of Manistee to the Hamilton Manufacturing Co., Two Rivers. Shortly after the ARCADIA cleared from Manistee stormy weather began. What happened is not known, as there are no survivors. The ARCADIA was, however, entirely seaworthy. She was built by the Milwaukee Dry Dock Co. in 1888 and was 119 ft. long, 26 ft. beam, and 9 ft. 5 in. deep. She was purchased last fall from H. Starke of Arcadia, Mich., by Capt. Harry May of Cleveland. Capt. May caused her to be thoroughly repaired and was given a rating of A1 1/2 As he intended to make her his home during navigation season, he had taken his wife along with him. Capt. Carlton Graves, one of the oldest and best known masters on the lakes, secretary of the Cleveland lodge of the Ship Masters' Association, had shipped as mate. The circumstances surrounding this tragedy are extremely sad. Capt. May had saved enough money during his seafaring life to purchase the ARCADIA, which is the only boat he ever owned. Capt. Graves was 79 years old and was the oldest master on the lakes. The crew numbered about twelve persons.
      The Marine Review
      April 25, 1907 32-2&3

Capt. W. J. Barnett, formerly master of PERE MARQUETTE steamer 3, who is now fishing with the tug WILLIAM ENGEL, found a skylight of the lost steamer Arcadia 20 miles off Kenosha. An oar stamped ARCADIA was also found.
      Ludington Chronicle
      July 3, 1907

Steam screw ARCADIA. U. S. No. 106552. Of 230 tons gross. Built 1888. On April 13, 1907 vessel foundered off Big Sable, Mich., with 12 persons on board, 12 lives were lost.
      Loss of American Vessels
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1908

Steam screw ARCADIA. U. S. No. 106552. Of 230 tons gross; 146 tons net. Built Milwaukee, Wis, 1888. Home port, Grand Haven, Mich. 118.8 x 26.2 x 9.1 Freight service. Crew of 11. Of 200 indicated horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1903

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 12
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 44.05778 Longitude: -86.51425
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Arcadia (Propeller), U106552, sunk, 14 Apr 1907