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Lady Franklin (Barge), U14827, aground, 6 Oct 1889

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      Several Disasters Reported on the Upper Lakes, But None Happen near Buffalo.
The raging storm of snow, wind and rain which struck Buffalo early yesterday morning had a bad effect on vessel on the upper lakes. No disasters are reported near this beach. At Sand beach a terrific sea struck the OTEGO broadside and smashed in her port rail into the engine room. Thomas M. Fisher, the mate, of Marine City, was instantly killed.
The schooner MAGRUDER was driven ashore. On Saginaw Bay yesterday morning the wheel of the steamer ROSEDALE got away from the mate and wheelsman. The latter was instantly killed. He was Thomas M. Rowland, every spoke of the wheel was broken. The barge C. H. WEEKS, lumber laden, broke away off Sanilac and went ashore. The crew was rescued. The wreck went to pieces. The barge MONITOR while being towed to Port Huron struck the Corsica Shoal and filled. Part of the deck load was lost. The ANNIE YOUNG ran into the P. S. MARSH near Port Colborne and carried away her jibboom, headgear, rail and stanchions. The steambarge COLWELL lost her foremast on the bay. Two miles above Lexington the barge LADY FRANKLIN went ashore. The crew was saved. On Saginaw Bay yesterday morning the air pump of the CHEMUNG burst. The CHEMUNG drifted into the trough of the sea and shifted her cargo. The steamer arrived at Port Huron almost on her beam ends.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Monday, October 7, 1889

During the gale of Saturday night the barge C.H. WEEKS broke away from the steambarge SALINE off Sanilac and went ashore near the range lights at Point Edward with a cargo of lumber. The crew were taken off by a willing crew of fishermen. The WEEKS went to pieces Sunday afternoon and is a total loss. She was owned by Mr. Potts of Oscoda and valued at $5,000. All day Sunday portions of her cargo were floating down past the city. The mate of the WEEKS, who was injured while being taken from the boat, died at Point Edward this morning.
      Ashore in the same storm is the LADY FRANKLIN, 1 mile from Lexington, RHODA EMILY ashore at White Rock, MAGRUDER ashore at Sand beach, and the WEND THE WAVE sunk y collision.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, October 7, 1889
Propeller LADY FRANKLIN. U. S. No. 14827. Of 341 tons. Built Chicago, Ill., 1861. First home port, Chicago, Ill. DISPOSITION:-- Burnt Nov. 7, 1877. Rig changed to barge Dec. 3, 1882.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      Lytle - Holdcamper List, 1790 - 1868

      Schooner LADY FRANKLIN. U. S. No. 14827. Of 301.70 tons gross; 287.73 tons net. Built at Chicago, Ill., in 1861. Home port, Port Huron, Mich. 137.6 x 27.2 x 11.2
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1895

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.26808 Longitude: -82.53076
William R. McNeil
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Lady Franklin (Barge), U14827, aground, 6 Oct 1889