[Continued from last week.]
Oct. 13.—The fishing tug Leo, of Kenosha
went ashore at South Milwaukee during a
heavy blow and the crew escaped In the yawl.
The Leo was on her Way to Milwaukee to go
intq dock to have a leak stopped, but in the
storm the leak became so bad that the captain
beached her. The crew consisted of four
Oct. 14.—The schooner Churchill, 1010 tons,
202.4 ft. length, in tow of the steamer Majestic, bound to Chicago with ore cargoes from
Lake Superior, foundered off Waukegan and
became a total loss. Two of the crew, the
captain and a sailor went down with the
schooner the others including a woman
cook were rescued by the Majestic with great
danger estimated loss on vessel $35,000, cargo
$3,500. The Majestic likewise came within
an ace of going down to Davy Jones' locker
and was towed into Chicago with her amidship
deckhouse stove in, the boiler house
badly damaged, and the hatch covers were
reduced to kindling wood by the heavy seas
which boarded her. Seldom has a boat come
so near destruction and escaped.
Oct. 16. --The schooner A. J. Rogers, 340
tons, 173.5 ft. length, stranded on Mission Pt.
during a heavy gale and stove a hole in her
bottom. She was released by the wind afterward,
but finally went to pieces and sank.
The crew escaped with their lives. Vessel
and cargo were fully insured.
Oct. 17.—The schooner Annie Dall, 150 tons,
111 ft. length, dragged her anchors and went on
the beach at Jacksonport during a heavy ESE
wind. The crew escaped. The vessel was afterward
released, but capsized and went on
the beach near the same place she first stranded
and became a total loss. She was laden
with wood for Milwaukee. Loss on vessel
$2,500. Cargo $150. No Insurance on either.
In the same blow that the Dall was lost the
unrigged barge Harry Johnson, broke away
from the wrecking tug Wright, after leaving
the Dall to her fate. The Johnson went
ashore in Bock Island passage and broke up..
Valuation $2,000. No insurance.
Oct. 25.—The barge Biwabik, 1,402 tons,
240 ft. length, in tow of the steamer Gogebic,
both laden with grain cargoes from Chicago
for below, parted company with the steamer
off Twin River Pt., in a heavy northerly gale
while the steamer was turning around to run
back. The Biwabik had a most miraculous
escape from foundering, and the crew owe
their lives to the staunchness of the craft.
Soon after she broke away from the steamer
her stearing gear became disabled, and she
dropped off into the trough of the seas and
rolled and lumbered unmercifully while the
tiller was being rigged. The foresail was
raised and this was blown completely from
the bolt ropes, also the main and mizzen sails.
The anchors were dropped and they held during
the night but in the morning they dragged
and finally the cables parted. She drifted all
the next day and was picked up early in the
morning on the 27th 30 miles SE of Sheboygan,
by the steamer Mark Covell and towed
into Sheboygan harbor damage to vessel
$1,500 cargo 13,000 total $4,500.
Oct. 25.—The schooner Barbarian, 298 tons,
186 ft., became waterlogged in a heavy blow
and during the northerly gale of Oct. 31st:
she was driven on the breakwater at Milwaukee
and pounding to pieces became a total
wreck. She was laden with ties, a part of
which were recovered, likewise most of her
cordage. Value of vessel $500.
Oct. 26.—The steamer L. R. Doty, 2,056
tons, 291 ft. length, left Chicago on the afternoon
of the 24th heavily laden with grain,
and having the barge Olive Jeanette in tow
encountered the heavy northerly gale of the
25-26th, and foundered with all on board,
probably in mid-lake off Kenosha. The
Jeanette broke away before the Doty
went down. The cause of foundering is not
known, but the machinery in all probability
became disabled. Eighteen lives were lost.
Estimated value of vessel $100,000, cargo $40,000,
total $140,000. The barge Jeanette, 1,272
tons 242 ft. length, was badly used up and
rescued with difficulty by Chicago tugs after
breaking away from the Doty estimated
damage to vessel $4,000, cargo $7,500, total
Oct. 26.—The steamer H. B. Tuttle, 845
tons, 179.6 ft. length, in trying to make Michigan
City harbor during a heavy northerly
gale foundered and became a total loss.
Crew rescued with difficulty value of vessel
$70,000, cargo $28,434, total $98,434.
Oct. 31,—The schooner M Capron, 170 tons,
116.4 ft., loaded with cordwood, in attempting
to leave the pier at Baileys Harbor in a heavy
southerly blow went on the beach and
became a total loss. The cause of the disaster
was through the schooner Vermont getting
in her way. The crew was rescued:
Value of vessel §1,000.
The schooner C. Harrison, 137 tons, 94 ft.
length, went ashore at Whitefish Bay on the
31st and became a total wreck. The crew
reached shore in safety. She was partly load
ed with wood.
Nov. 6.—The schooner D. S. Austin, 282
tons, 135.2 ft. length, bulk salt laden from
Ludington to Chicago, in tow of the steamer
E. S. Tice, which also had the Butcher Boy,
the Austin being the last in the tow, dragged
ashore at Ludlngton during the southerly gale
on that day and became a total loss. The tow
had started out, but turned back for shelter,
when the tow line parted from the Austin.
Her anchors were let go but she dragged.
The crew was rescued by life-savers. Value
of vessel $3,000, cargo $800. The Austin has
a record of being wrecked five different times,
and twice a total loss.
Nov. 6.—The Schooner Aberdeen, 1046 tons,
211 ft. length, went on the beach at Grand
Haven, but was afterward released and repaired.
The Aberdeen was the consort of the
steamer Tuttle, which foundered off Michigan
City. Aiter parting company with the Tuttle
on Oct. 25-26th the Aberdeen was picked up
in a disabled and waterlogged condition by
the steamer Nyack and towed into Grand
Haven for repairs. After repairs had been
completed she was to have been towed below
by the steamer Philip Minch to discharge her
grain cargo, which she and the Tuttle were
laden, and it was while the steamer Nyack
was towing her out of Grand Haven to put
her on behind the Minch that the towline
parted and she went on the beach. Damage
to vessel $15,000, cargo, $36,000, total $51,000
Nov. 7.—The schooner Minnehaha, 59 tons,
61.2 ft. length, in attempting to fetch Sheboygan
harbor missed the piers and went on the
beach and became a total wreck. The crew
of three were taken off by the life-savers.
Value of vessel $1000. She was wood-laden
from Hedgehog Harbor bound to Milwaukee
Nov. 7.—The steamer Rand, 191 tons, 119 ft.
length, with a lumber cargo from Ludington
to St. Joseph was disabled by a broken piston
in a heavy gale. The steamer Crouse picked
her up and towed her ten miles when the tow
line parted. The steamer Edward Buckley
then went to her assistance and towed her
into Grand Haven for repairs. The Rand lost
part of her deckload. Damage to vessel
$1,500, cargo $1000. The Rand is the same
steamer that stranded on Jacksonport reef
Nov. 9.—The schooner S. Thal, 55 tons, 75
ft. length, laden with Christinas trees from
Sturgeon Bay to Chicago went ashore off
Glencoe, north of Chicago, in a heavy NE
gale, and soon went to pieces. Crew of three
lost, not five, as has always been reported.
The bodies have never come ashore. The
value of vessel, is $250 cargo about $200.
Nov. 10—The schooner Iron Cliff, 1,116 tons,
212.4 ft. length, stranded and sank off Van
Burean street, Chicago, in a heavy gale, but
was afterward raised and repaired. The crew
were rescued by tbe life-savers under great
difficulty. Damage to vessel $5,000 salt cargo (bulk) $5,000.
Nov. 10.—The schooner Lena M. Neilsen,
86 tons, 79 ft. length, stranded 5 miles north
of New Buffalo in a heavy northerly gale, and
became a total loss. The loss of the vessel is
said to be due to the wreck of the steamer
City of Duluth, which prevented the vessel
making St. Joseph harbor. The crew were
rescued with great difficulty after hanging in
the rigging several hours. Value of vessel
$3,000, cargo $3,000.
The schooner S. B. Pomeroy, 407 tons,
150.5 ft. length, stranded while coming out of
Manistique harbor with a lumber cargo.
The Pomeroy was badly shaken up and leaking.
She was released and towed back to
Manistique where she was stripped and placed
in winter quarters. The accident occurred
while the steamer F. R. Buell, which had her
in tow was attempting to turn around to pick
up the Pomeroy after getting out of the river.
The Buell went on tbe beach, but was pulled
off by the tug Elmer after lightering 150,000
feet of her deckload of lumber. She also
broke her shoe and a bucket from her wheel,
besides disabling her steering gear, and starting
several leaks in her bottom. However,
she proceeded to Detroit with the remaining
barges of her tow in her partially disabled
condition. From Detroit she was towed to
Tonawanda by the tug Champion.
Nov. 25.—The steamer John Mitchell, 1,865
tons, 283 ft. length, ran ashore on N. Manitou
Island daring a snow storm. After jettisoning
6,000 bus. of her corn cargo, with the assistance
of the steamer Dasmond she was released.
Nov, 26.—The small schooner Idea sank
near the mouth of Fox river by newly formed
ice. She was afterward raised and repaired. Damage nominal.
Nov. 29.—The steamer Desmond, 456 tons,
149 ft. length, sprang aleak and sank after
reaching Algoma harbor. She was laden with
hardwood lumber for Chicago, The Desmond
had a narrow escape of foundering in deep
water off Algoma.
Nov. 26.—The steamer Hiram W. Sibley,
1,419 tons, 221 ft. length, stranded on N. Fox
Island during a snow storm and became a total
loss. The crew escaped in the yawl.
Nov. 26.—The steamer St. Lawrence, 1,437
tons, 239.2 ft. length, ashore one mile north
of Pt. Betsey, haB been abandoned as a total
The steamer Wyoming has been released
from Peshtigo reef and repaired, and the
Rand from Jacksonport reef.
The names of the vessels which passed but
of existence, together with the tonnage and
estimated value are appended in tabular form
as a medium of ready reference:
||Str. City of Duluth
||Tug Agnes Arnold
||Sch. Richard Winslow
||S. Queen of the West
||Tug Ira O. Smith
||Sch. Alida J. Rogers
||Sch. L. B. Shepard
||Str. L. R. Doty
||Str Horace B. Tuttle
||Sch C. Harrison
||Sch M. Capron
||Sch. D. S. Austin
||Sch. S. Thal
||Sch. Lena M. Neilsen
||Str. H. W. Sibley