DISASTER TO THE J. P. WARD
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.