The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), Tue., 20 Nov, 1883

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That the recent northwest gale was the worst in every respect that has visited the lakes since 1867 is shown by the number of disasters that have occurred since Sunday last. A careful account shows that there were about 46 vessels that went ashore or foundered. The following is a complete list:

NameNature of accidentValue
Schr Lily E.Ashore$ 8,000
Schr Charles LulingAshore9,000
*Schr AshtabulaAshore2,000
Schr Guiding StarAshore13,000
*Schr ArabFoundered9,000
Schr George C. FinneyAshore14,000
*Schr Elizabeth JonesAshore44,000
Schr J. I. CaseAshore56,000
*Schr Clara ParkerAshore31,000
*Schr LeadvilleAshore32,000
*Schr PotomacAshore4,500
*Schr Lucy J. ClarkAshore14,000
Schr L. C. ButtsAshore22,000
*Schr KetchumAshore5,000
*Schr Lincoln DallAshore5,000
Schr H. D. MooreAshore7,000
*Schr NormanAshore5,000
Schr WalullaAshore3,000
*Schr FitzgeraldAshore32,000
*Schr Lake St. ClairAshore800
*Schr OntarioAshore3,200
Schr TrioAshore500
Schr NelsonAshore1,200
Schr WatertownAshore10,000
*Schr J. B. PenfieldAshore8,000
*Schr Blazing StarAshore12,000
*Schr RegulatorAshore4,000
Schr H. F. MerryAshore8,000
Schr AthenianAshore4,000
*Schr Flying MistAshore11,000
*Schr J. N. CarterAshore6,000
Schr Maple LeafAshore1,000
Schr Mary E. CookAshore4,000
Schr MariaAshore4,000
Prop AvonAshore15,000
*Prop Fred MercurAshore125,000
*Prop H. C. AkeleyFoundered125,000
Prop NyackAshore100,000
Prop QuebecAshore90,000
Prop OneidaSunk95,000
Tug ProtectionAshore7,000
Prop AbyssiniaSunk10,000
*Prop Milwaukee10,000
Prop Norman8,000
*Total losses

The valuations of the vessels are simply approximated, and include both hulls and cargoes. All those not marked * have been released, or will be. The actual loss of life resulting from these disasters aggregated 43 persons, while nearly that number have been drowned at different points on the lakes through the gale. This table does not take in the vessels which lost portions of their rigging, canvas, deck-loads and met with minor mishaps, and these alone would make quite a comfortable sum. - [Chicago Tribune.

To the above must be added the schooners Wabash and James Wade, total losses, and the steamer Manitous, ashore.

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This storm or series of storms covered the period Nov 1-17. Of those marked total losses, DALL, PENFIELD, BLAZING STAR, CARTER and MERCUR were later released (mostly the following year). Of those on the list expected to survive, LILY E., GUIDING STAR, TRIO (TRIAL), MERRY, MAPLE LEAF, MARIA and the prop NORMAN became total losses. Additional losses include passenger steamer MANISTEE (of which the loss with 23-30 hands was not yet confirmed at the time of this article), the Canadian schooners NEMESIS, GLADSTONE, VISION and MAGGIE, the American schooner STARLIGHT, and the Colchester Shoal private lightship. The prop MILWAUKEE, listed as a total loss, was actually a Canadian barge of the same name.
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Tue., 20 Nov, 1883
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), Tue., 20 Nov, 1883