LOSS OF THE J.O. MOSS.
Captain Davis, of the schooner J.O. MOSS, arrived in the city last evening via Milwaukee. He came across the lake to Milwaukee by steamer and thence to Chicago by rail. The vessel was caught out on the east shore in the nor'wester and made a big fight to keep off the beach. It was futile, however and she finally struck near Big Point Sauble. The seas swept over her, and the crew were compelled to take to the rigging. Barney McDonald, the mate, attempted to reach the land by going along a line, but became helpless during the passage through the surf, let go his hold, and was drowned. "As soon as possible," Captain Davis continues, "the government life-saving crew were on the ground, and they soon had the remainder of us all ashore in safety. God bless the life saving service ! is the prayer of my men and myself. Poor McDonald was a good navigator and a brave sailor, and we all sincerely mourn his death. The wind and sea were terrible, and it was freezing cold. Barney, like the rest of us, had been exposed for hours before he attempted to go ashore on the line, and he overestimated his strength in that fearful surf. He thought if he could reach the land he could aid in rescuing the rest of us, and he really died for us -- gave up his life like the hero he really was. God bless poor Barney and comfort his family !"
Captain Davis continued that the MOSS is in bad shape, and will go to pieces. She was lumber loaded, and bound for Chicago.
There are three schooner named MOSS -- The J.O., the craft here alluded to; the TRUMAN MOSS, laid up in Chicago; and the A.H. MOSS, wrecked on Lake Erie. The J.O. MOSS, measures 118 tons. She was built at Sandusky by J.C. Estes in May, 1863, rated B 2 [new decks in 1873], and was valued at $2,000. Edward Cody, of Chicago, is the owner, who also speaks in terms of praise for the life-saving service, and the crew who saved the men from the MOSS. It is not learned that there is any insurance on the vessel.
Captain Davis resides in Chicago, and has a family, who welcomed him home last night with kisses and tears, and did everything for him. The captain is well, and the whole crew [except poor McDonald] are about.
J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, No. 2, November, 1882