The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Sat., Sep. 7, 1878

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From the Inter-Ocean of Friday: Capt. Thomas Richardson, of the schooner J. P. Ward, with his crew, arrived in Chicago yesterday and reported the vessel lost off Little Point Sauble. The Ward left Pierport, a short distance from Manistee, on Monday night, with a cargo of water-elm for William Ripley, of Chicago. Tuesday night she sprung a bad leak, and, notwithstanding the greatest efforts of the crew at the pumps, soon filled and rolled over. The crew saved themselves by taking to the small boat. They pulled eighteen miles to Stoney Creek, and from there wen to White Lake, where the captain obtained a tug to go in search, hoping she had not sunk, but might be drifting about. She could not be found, however, and several vessels which must have passed in her track were spoken, but none had seen anything of her. That the entire crew, including the female cook, escaped with their lives, may be regarded as very fortunate. Capt. Richardson was the owner of the vessel, and having no insurance, is a total loser. She was well advanced in years, but was considered a good little vessel, as she had been pretty well kept up. She was formerly a sidewheel steamboat, and after being burned at Saginaw some years ago, was rebuilt and transformed into a schooner. Her tonnage was 112, and she was valued at about $2,000. The cargo was worth $1,000, and was the property of the Hopkins Manufacturing Company, of Bear Lake, who are the losers on it, as it also was uninsured. Mr. Ripley loses nothing except his prospective commission on the sale of the cargo.

Later. - Capt. Gunderson, of the schooner Island City, reports at Cheboygan finding the schooner Upward (doubtless J. P. Ward), of Milwaukee, waterlogged, spars broken off, and deserted, yesterday afternoon, about ten miles off White Lake. He sent his boat to the wreck and recovered a live dog, which he thought to be a man when first seen. Vessel was loaded with lumber. It is supposed the crew escaped with the small boat, as it is gone.

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This little boat had a colorful history. She was built at Detroit by J. L. Wolverton in 1857 as a sidewheel tug and was in use as a boom tug on the Saginaw River until she caught fire in July of 1865. She was raised and converted to a schooner (US#12791) locally, at a total cost of $40,000. She was towed to Saugatuck after the accident above and her hull was was used by Brittain to build a passenger propeller named J. S. SEAVERNS (US#76152), being launched anew in 1880. The SEAVERNS was sold Canadian in 1884 and was owned on Lake Superior when she backed onto a reef in Michipicoten Harbor in May of the same year. She foundered after being pulled free, a total loss.
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Sat., Sep. 7, 1878
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Sat., Sep. 7, 1878