Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Laura Belle (Schooner), U15723, aground, 8 Sep 1883
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Mr. Dunham yesterday received the following from the Captain of the schooner PENSAUKEE, ashore and full of water on Cheboygan Point:
      Cheboygan, Mich., Sept. 10. -- J.S. Dunham, Chicago: I have got large tug CHAMPION here, and a small tug to dredge. Have seven feet of water under bow. Found rock under bow. Got a steam-pump this morning. Think she will come off. Let me know where you want me to take her if I get her off. -- O.E. Lawson.
The large four-masted schooner RICHARD WINSLOW, ashore and sunk, is insured against total loss and general average only.
Toledo, O., Sept. 10. -- The LAURA BELLE is insured for $10,000 in the Toledo Fire and Marine. * The LAURA BELLE is a canal schooner and measures 269 tons.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, August / September, 1883

      [Special Telegram to the Inter Ocean.]
Marquette, Mich, Sept. 12. -- Captain Vance, of Chicago, in the interest of the Insurance company; Captain Hastings, and others, among them your reporter, went to the stranded schooner LAURA BELLE today. She lies as she struck on a shoal full of large boulders in twelve feet of water eighty rods from shore. A large boulder lies under her, humping her four feet in the middle. Her starboard side is gone, her stern open, and bottom is probably gone, as the coal in her has sunk three feet. She lies slanting, and all out of shape. The water washes over her decks. The first breeze will blow her to pieces. Captain Vance will send an expedition tomorrow to strip her. [part]
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, September, 1883

The total loss of the Schooner LAURA BELLE with one life, is also announced as having occurred on Lake Superior on Friday last. The name of the unfortunate sailor was William Howell, of Kingston. The BELLE was built at Toledo in 1870 and was 269 Tons burden. She had three masts and was valued at $10,000. -- Detroit Report.
      Marine Record
      Sept. 13, 1883

LAURA BELL Schooner, of 269 Tons and 13 years of age.Valued at $14,000. Total loss on Lake Superior during 1883.
      Lost Tonnage on the Lakes in 1883
      Marine Record, December 27, 1883

LAURA BELLE Schooner, ashore September 8, 1883. app. value $14,000 app. Loss, $14,000
      Casualty List for 1883
      Toronto Globe, Dec. 4, 1883

LAURA BELLE Schooner, built Toledo 1870. Wrecked Marquette 1883.
      "Hist.,of the Great Lakes"
      by Mansfield

The wreck of the schooner LAURA BELLE, of Milan, has been sold by the insurance Company to a Chicago vessel builder for $350. -- Cleveland Report.
      Marine Record
      Sept. 27, 1883

Marquette.--- " Nothing more could be done for the ALVA BRADLEY's crew until the arrival of the life boat. She lies west of and further out than the GEORGE SHERMAN, and both struck in almost the same spot where the LAURA BELL was lost in 1883."
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Oct. 27, 1887 p.5 (part)

NOTE:- the GEORGE SHERMAN & ALVA BRADLEY both went on Shot Point, about ten miles from Marquette.

Schooner LAURA BELL. U. S. No. 15723. Of 269.47 tons gross. Built Toledo, O., 1870. Home port, Huron, O.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

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Reason: aground
Lives: 1
Hull damage: $14,000
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 46.51355 Longitude: -87.16598
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Laura Belle (Schooner), U15723, aground, 8 Sep 1883