Maritime History of the Great Lakes

H. J. Webb (Schooner), U11985, aground\fire, 11 Nov 1901

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      Detroit, Mich., Nov. 14. -- Word has been received here by Capt. James McLarty of the Smith transportation Company that the steamer PORTER CHAMBERLAIN and consort H. J. WEBB are on the rocks at Dartch Island, georgian Bay. The CHAMBERLAIN was built in 1874, and is valued at $10,000.
      Alpena, Mich., Nov. 14. -- The steamer PORTER CHAMBERLAIN and schooner H. J. WEBB which stranded on the reef in Georgian Bay some days ago, both burned to the water's edge last night. The fire began in the engineroom of the CHAMBERLAIN and then spread to the WEBB. Both were insured against fire.
      Duluth News Tribune
      November 14, 1901

      The steamer PORTER CHAMBERLAIN and barge H. J. WEBB, whose destruction by fire after stranding in Georgian Bay was announced yesterday, were both old vessels. The CHAMBERLAIN was built at Marine City and came out in 874. She rated A 2 and had a gross measurement of 279 tons. The WEBB was built at Vermiliom, O., and came out in 1869. Her rating was A 2 also, and gross measurement 431 tons.
      Duluth News Tribune
      November, 15, 1901

      Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., November 20. -- The crews of the steamer PORTER CHAMBERLAIN and consort WEBB, which were burned in Georgian Bay recently when ashore, passed through here today on their way home.
      Duluth news Tribune
      November 22, 1901

      Capt. A. Mills of the barge H, J. WEBB, which with the steamer PORTER CHAMBERLAIN was burned while aground near Dartch Island, Georgian Bay, thinks the fire was caused by sparks from a little wood-burning tug. The Smith Transportation Company, owner of the two vessels, loses about $7,500. The CHAMBERLAIN valued at $8,000 was insured for $4,500, and the WEBB, valued at $7,000 carried but $3,000 insurance.
      Marine Record
      November 27, 1901

November 11, 1901 -- Barge H. J. WEBB, consort of the PORTER CHAMBERLAIN, stranded on Dartch Island and burned.
      Wrecks on the Great Lakes
      Casualties of 1901
      Marine Record
      January 13, 1902

Schooner H.J. WEBB. U. S. No. 11985. Of 431 tons gross; 410 tons net. Built Vermillion, Ohio by Nichols in 1869. Home port, Albany, N.Y. 167.0 x 28.0 x 12.0 Owned by John F. Madden
      Great lakes Register, 1900


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Reason: aground\fire
Lives: nil
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
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    Latitude: 46.075555 Longitude: -82.405833
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H. J. Webb (Schooner), U11985, aground\fire, 11 Nov 1901