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M. L. Hubby (Bark), capsized, sunk, 10 Aug 1855

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The bark L.M. HUBBY, of Cleveland, was capsized off Point Betsey on the 10th, Inst. The crew, twelve in number, were lost with the exception of Mr. Copperell, the mate. The HUBBY was a new vessel of the largest class built and owned in Cleveland. She was commanded by Captain Roberts, formerly of the propeller M.B. SPAULDING, whose loss, we in common with a large number of friends sincerely regret. The particulars of the disaster with the names of the unfortunate crew, have not yet come to hand.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, August 16, 1855

THE BARQUE L.M. HUBBY. --The capsizing and sinking of this vessel off Point Betsey, or Bec Scie, a week ago yesterday, we were appraised of yesterday by telegraph from Milwaukee, and have not yet received additional news of the accident. The place of her loss is some thirty or forty miles southward of the Manitou Islands, on the Michigan side, in the County of Leelanau, and the water ten miles off that shore is said to be at least 500 feet deep. She left Chicago the Sunday previous in ballast ( 120 tons of sand) for a cargo of lumber at Saginaw. Her captain was Lyman Roberts, of Edinburgh, near Erie, Pa. Her mate was Jas. Cotterell, of this city, West side, and was the only one of the twelve comprising her crew, who was saved. The crew were mostly new men shipped from Chicago, and their names and residence we are yet unable to learn. The announcement of her loss was made to this point by H. Howard, undoubtedly Capt. Howard, of the propeller MILWAUKEE, who probably picked up Cotterell. The bark was owned by Messrs. Hubby, Hughes & Co., of this city, and was built for them by Presley & Stevens, and came out about the 1st, of May last. She was insured as follows: - $5,000 in the Commercial Insurance Co., of this city; $5,000 in the Star Insurance Co., Ogdensburgh; and $5,000 in the Mutual Insurance Co., Toledo. She was valued at $18,000. Her tonnage was 398 75-95. -- Cleveland Herald, 15th.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Friday, August 17, 1855

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Vessels which arrived at Chicago on the 15th, report seeing the mast-head of a square rigged vessel out of the water off Sleeping Bear, Lake Michigan, supposed to be the barque L.M. HUBBY, capsized some time since.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, October 17, 1855

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Reason: capsized, sunk
Lives: 11
Freight: ballast
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 44.69111 Longitude: -86.25537
William R. McNeil
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M. L. Hubby (Bark), capsized, sunk, 10 Aug 1855