The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), December 2, 1879

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A RECKONING The series of gales that swept over the lakes between the 15th and 24th of November have proven unusually destructive to vessel property and life. There has probably been no parallel in the annals of lake navigation, not even excepting the destructive gale of 1870. Within the dates named, no less than 65 vessels are known to have met with disaster, exclusive of the loss of a valuable dredge, two derricks and ten scows of a plant returning to Buffalo from the Lachine canal. With one or two exceptions all the mishaps are directly attributable to heavy weather. The amount of tonnage jeopardized aggregates to 16,000 tons in round numbers, with a valuation of about $450,000, not taking cargoes into consideration, which would, if added, swell the total to an enormous sum. The loss of life foots up nearly 50, including 30 who were on the steamer Waubuno, which foundered on Georgian bay.

The following is a list of all the disasters reported from the 15th to the 24th inst. Inclusive, classifies as to the lakes upon which they occurred.

Lake Michigan
?Sch W H RoundsSts Mackinaw300A115,000
?Schr Bert Calk'nsManistee286A112,000
Schr A W LuckeyManistee259B23,500
Scow Ida H BloomClay Banks81C11,000
*Prop H E PaineGrand Haven248B26,000
?Barge C.O.D.Grand Haven289A27,000
Schr A J HolmesGrand Haven147. . .2,000
Schr M. DallGrand Haven175B17,500
*Scow Maple LeafGrand Haven87B21,200
Scow MysticGrand Haven60. . .1,200
?Schr CatchpoleGrand Haven129. . .1,000
Schr Elm CityGrand Haven96. . .1,000
?H C Winsl'wGrand Haven252. . .1,000
Schr Gen WorthLudington223B22,500
?Prop City of N YLudington504B110,000
Schr MercuryPentwater232B16,500
Schr WollinHolland49B11,000
?Schr Clara ParkerChicago424A218,000
?Schr ElidaEgg Harbor192 2,000
*Schr North StarLittle Sturg'n110 2,200
*Schr W B PhelpsGlen Arbor297A210,000
+Schr Two FanniesElk Rapids492A216,000
Schr JosesHolland120B13,500
*Schr Home(?)Near S. Haven40 1,000
?Stmr John A DixManistee530A220,000
Scow Dan HayesMuskegon145C11,800
*Tug Jno B EdwardsSouth Haven40 1,000
+Tug EdwardsL. Sturgeon19 1,500
Lake Huron
?Prop J R WhitingSand Beach450A129,000
?Schr BahamaSand Beach333A28,000
?Schr E C HutchinsonSand Beach735A223,000
*Barge Prairie StateSand Beach428 1,500
*Bge Lewis WellsSand Beach209 1,900
Barge Wm RaynorSand Beach227 1,500
*Barge DolphinNear Pt. Huron146 2,500
?Barge WaubausheneNear Pt. Huron600A215,000
Barge MuskokaNear Pt. Huron600A215,000
Scow Charlie CrawfordPt au Barques298 7,000
?Stmr WaubunoGeorgian Bay180B18,000
Scow CurlewAlcona192 2,000
Lake Superior
Schr Laura BelleWaiska Bay
Lake Erie
?Schr SumatraCleveland845A130,000
?Schr SamanaPort Colborne287A29,000
?Schr F D ParkerBar Point290A29,000
?Schr WaucoustaErie440 2,500
*Schr NorthumberlandErie244 4,000
*Schr SascoFairsport283C13,000
?Bar Point lightshipAnderdon, Ont
Scow C. RichMarblehead Pt.
Scow SandersMarblehead Pt.
+Schr C G Breed 385B15,000
?Schr New HampshireMarblehead Pt.95 2,000
?Schr CarlingfordBuffalo170B115,000
Lake Ontario
+Tug P BeckerOff Oswego11 2,000
+Tug A O ThayerOff Oswego17 2,000
+Dredge GordonOff Oswego 15,000
+Two derricksOff Oswego 6,000
Ten scowsOff Oswego 9,600
Schr Plow BoyCharlotte101C11,800
Schr DauntlessSnake Isl. Shoal180 2,000
*Schr DominionSouth Bay Pt.80B12,500
*Scow PintoOff Oakville
Schr Gerritt SmithBig Sodus254B14,000
?Schr AmericanPt Peninsula283A211,000
*Schr WoodchuckFalse Ducks90A12,200
*Schr ReginaPort Elgin118B12,000
?Prop Lake OntarioQueen's Island196A221,000
*Schr Hattie HowardOswego256B13,000
Schr MarquisSodus Point160A214,000

*Total losses +Foundered ?Since released

The above list does not include vessels that became waterlogged but managed to reach port.

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Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), December 2, 1879