The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Wyoming (Barge), U80135, aground, 21 May 1883

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Port Huron, Mich., May 21. -- The marine interest has suffered considerable loss by the heavy gale from the northeast, with pelting hail. At noon today it blew at the rate of sixty miles per hour. Four lumber barges went ashore this afternoon near the river. The WYOMING, with a crew of six, struck the Canadian beach at 4:30 o'clock. She is lumber-laden from Bay City. Up to dark the crew were in the rigging. The weather is cold and blowing hard. The ORONTIS let go both her anchore near Port Sanilac and dragged ashore at Lakeport. Her crew was taken off. Captain Meiveel, of the tug J.P. CLARK, rescued the crews of the barges C.G. MELVILLE and St. JOSEPH, and great credit is due to this gentleman for his heroic work today. While the tug CLARK was rescuing the crew of the St. JOSEPH a heavy swell struck the barge which swept the captain and cook over the side into the lake. The woman was drowned, and the captain saved. She lived at Marine City. The captain was badly hurt about the head. The crews of the ORONTIS and MELVILLE were saved.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, May 1883

Barge WYOMING. U. S. No. 80135. Of 289.78 gross tons; 275.30 tons net. Built Detroit, Mich., 1870. Home port, Bay City, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Reason: aground
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Freight: lumber
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.640833 Longitude: -81.768055
William R. McNeil
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Wyoming (Barge), U80135, aground, 21 May 1883