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L. R. Doty (Propeller), U141272, lost, 24 Oct 1898

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The large wooden steamer L.R. DOTY foundered in Lake Michigan on Tuesday last during the heavy gale. Her crew of 15 men is believed to have perished. She left South Chicago Monday with coal for Midland. She was built at West Bay City in 1893, was 1700 net tons, 291 feet long and 14 feet beam.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, October 28, 1898

      Steamer L. R. DOTY lost in Lake Michigan October 24, 1898 with the loss of 18 lives; cargo 107,000 bushels of corn.
      Toronto Globe
      October 29, 1898
      November 9,1898
      . . . . .
      Marine men are determined to investigate the accident to the propeller SARANAC of the Lehigh Valley Line, in Lake Michigan last week, which so nearly caused the sinking of the boat. The position of the unknown obstruction has been clearly located by Capt. Potter of the SARANAC, and an effort will be made to have the Government either remove the obstruction or mark it.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Thursday, April 23, 1903
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      Vesselmen now believe that the wreck which nearly caused the propeller SARANAC to be sunk last week off Wind Point was the steamer L. S. DOTY, which disappeared in a storm about five years ago, and which was never heard of again. An investigation will be made.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Friday, April 24, 1903
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      The L. R. DOTY, a fine big steamer only 5 years ild loaded corn at Chicago on October 24, 1898 and left that port towing the schooner OLIVE JEANETTE. They were bound for Midland, on Georgian Bay, but encountered heavy weather the following day and broke the tow-line between the vessels. the L. R. DOTY steamed off into the dusk, presumablt to come round and pick up her tow again, but was never seen again.
      from Ghost Ships of the Great Lakes
      by Dwight Boyer
L.R. DOTY Built May 18, 1893 Bulk Propeller -Wood
U. S. No. 141272 2056 gt -1709. nt 291' x 41' x 19.8'
Foundered October 25/26, 1898, on Lake Michigan; all hands (17) lost. Wreckage picked up c.25 miles off Kenosha, Wisconsin.
      Frank Wheeler & Co., West Bay City Shipbuilding Master List
      Institute for Great Lakes Research
      Perrysburg, Ohio


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Reason: lost
Lives: 18
Freight: corn
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 42.78085 Longitude: -87.75757
William R. McNeil
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L. R. Doty (Propeller), U141272, lost, 24 Oct 1898