The Great Lakes Shipwreck File

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Great Lakes Shipwrecks

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M.C. & M.C. No. 2 - See SIDNEY O. NEFF


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MACASSA - See MANASOO


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MACATAWA

Other names : none

Official no. : 91561

Type at loss : propeller, wood, excursion steamer

Build info : 1883, J.B. Martel, Saugatuck, MI as a tug

Specs : 96x17x6, 71 gt 57 nt

Date of loss : 1897, Oct 23

Place of loss : in Calumet R, S. Chicago

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : 2

Carrying : none

Detail : She burned to water痴 edge at 2 a.m. She was valued at about $4,000. Out of Grand Haven, MI.

Also burned at Chicago in 1895

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : nsp,hgl,mv,polk,hcgl


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MACEDONIAN or MACEDONIA

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1824, Brooklyn, OH

Specs : 50x15x5, 32 t.

Date of loss : 1829, Nov 23

Place of loss : W side of E Sister Isl.

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none of 11

Carrying : barrelled whitefish and general freight

Detail : She left Detroit Nov 22 and fought the storm for more than a full day before becoming heavily laden with ice and driven ashore. Her crew swam to shore one by one and survived in an abandoned cabin until the storm abated and some were able to row to Sandusky. The schrs MINERVA and WILLIAM TELL of Detroit finally picked up the balance of the crew and much of her cargo and rigging. Owned by John Blair, Cleveland. Master: Capt. Foster.

Sources : ledc,nsp,wl,wmhs


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MACK JEAN

Other names : built as C.W. ENDRESS, renamed in 1918

Official no. : C130778

Type at loss : propeller, wood (fish tug?)

Build info : 1898, Burger & Burger, Manitowoc, WI US#127288

Specs : 83x18x8, 146 t.

Date of loss : 1927, Aug

Place of loss : at Kingsville, Ont.

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : ?

Detail : Burned in port, a total loss.

Sold Canadian in 1913.

Image as ENDRESS from TBRC collection

Sources : mmgl,csv,mv,mpl


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LYDIA MACK

Other names : none also seen as LYDIA MAC

Official no. : C?

Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood

Build info : 1872, Crouth, Port Stanley

Specs : 100 t

Date of loss : 1877, Sep 22

Place of loss : 20 mi SW of Port Stanley

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : hull failure

Loss of life : none of 5

Carrying : 165 t. coal

Detail : She sprang a leak while bound Cleveland for Port Stanley. At first her pumps could handle it, but then one broke and she foundered in 50 feet of water at about 5 am. Valued at about $2,500.

Out of Port Stanley, owned by Berry Bros.

Sources : h,clu,win,es,nsp


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MACKINAC

Other names : none

Official no. : 51214

Type at loss : unrigged scow, wood

Build info : 1882, Sturgeon Bay, WI

Specs : 238g, 238n

Date of loss : 1893, Nov 16

Place of loss : off Muskegon, MI

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : lumber

Detail : Foundered.

Hailed from Grand Haven

Sources : h,mv


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MACKINAW

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast*

Build info : 1847, Geo. Weeks, Oswego

Specs : 113x23x10, 230 t (om)

Date of loss : 1851, Jun 3

Place of loss : 10 mi off Cleveland or Euclid, Oh

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : collision

Loss of life : none

Carrying : 10,000 bu wheat

Detail : Bound for Oswego with wheat, she was struck by the big wooden propeller PRINCETON and sank quickly. Reports say she went down in 40-60 feet of water. Owned by J. Penfield, Oswego. Master: Capt. S. Johnson.

*Also listed as a brig.

Sources : gmw,wl,tbrc,hr,osdo

 

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MACKINAW

Other names : none

Official no. : 90135

Type at loss : propeller, wood, freighter

Build info : 1866, J. Stupinsky, Detroit, as a sidewheeler

Specs : 125x26x9, 203g 164n

Date of loss : 1890, Oct 28

Place of loss : at dock at Black River, MI, south of Thunder Bay

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none

Carrying : corn

Detail : a fire started under her boiler and she burned to a total loss at the dock while unloading her cargo. Her crew and the local dockwallopers pushed her away from the wharf. Owned by Rice & Van Buskirk of Port Huron; Capt. W. E. Rice was her skipper.

Rebuilt to a prop from a sidewheeler in 1877. Lengthened 19' in 1880.

Sources : mv,nsp,slh,hdm,lhl,phr,hgl,mpl


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DAVID MACY

Other names : none

Official no. : 6958

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1878, Duncan Robertson, Grand Haven, Mich

Specs : 127x26x8, 193g 183n

Date of loss : 1896, Sep 21

Place of loss : off Bar Point

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : collision

Loss of life : none

Carrying : ?

Detail : She was run into at night by the steamer FEDORA near Bar Point and cut to the water's edge. Her crew was able to abandon in her yawl and made it to Amherstburg the following morning.

Out of Spring Lake, Mich

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : bbas,hgl,mv,polk,jm


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SILVANUS J. MACY

Other names : none

Official no. : 115784

Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight

Build info : 1881, W. Morley, Marine City

Specs : 165x32x11, 753g 613n

Date of loss : 1902, Nov 23

Place of loss : abeam of Port Burwell, Ont.

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 14 [all]

Carrying : coal

Detail : Bound Buffalo for Kenosha and Racine, WI, she foundered after dark with all hands after fighting through a heavy gale for a full day. She released her barge MABLE WILSON and was never seen again.

Owned by Inter-Lake Trans. Co. of Detroit

Rebuilt and her tonnage increased in 1887

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : sol,is,ns1,h,mv,ledc,nsp,mpl,m&h


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LIZZIE MADDEN

Other names : built as steamer CHENANGO(qv), last name in 1890

Official no. : 126431

Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight

Build info : 1887, J. Oades, Detroit

Specs : 175x34x13, 691g 518n

Date of loss : 1907, Nov 22

Place of loss : near Point Lookout, Saginaw Bay

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none of 13

Carrying : lumber

Detail : She caught fire while underway, and burned to the waterline after her crew abandoned. The hulk drifted out to Charity Isl., where it stranded. Total loss.

Almost destroyed by fire on L Erie, Apr 11, 1890.

Rebuilt, shortened 6', depth reduced 7' at Davidson yd., W. Bay City, 1890

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : slh,sbs,ns1,phr,mv,mpl


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MADEIRA

Other names : none also spelled MADIERA

Official no. : 90321

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1871, G. Goble, Oswego, NY

Specs : 137x26x11, 322 t.

Date of loss : 1877, Oct 10

Place of loss : Long Point of Lake Erie

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : grain

Detail : She had her steering gear disabled by a storm and came to anchor off Long Point. She slipped her anchor, stranded and broke up, despite the efforts of the wrecking tug OSWEGO to save her. Bound for her homeport of Oswego via Buffalo from Milwaukee. Master: Capt. William Mack.

Ashore and heavily damaged in a wreck in November, 1874.

Sources : nsp,osdo,win,mpl,mv,eas


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MADEIRA

Other names : none

Official no. : 93020

Type at loss : schooner-barge, steel, bulk freight

Build info : 1900, Chicago Shipbuilding, S. Chicago hull# 41

Specs : 436x50x29, 5039g 4667n

Date of loss : 1905, Nov 29

Place of loss : Gold Rock Point, near Split Rock, MN

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 1 of 11

Carrying : light

Detail : Cut loose from the tow of steamer WILLIAM EDENBORN(qv), she was blown ashore by a gale and broke up. The two had been bound for Duluth for iron ore. The crew was saved by the heroic actions of one crewman who jumped from the tossing ship to the rock cliff with a rope in hand, then tied it up to help bring the others ashore. Master: Capt. J. H. Dissette.

Frequent dive target - her bow lies in shallow enough water to be seen under the right conditions, while her stern is in 130 feet.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : is(2-83),gwgl,ml,is,ns1,mv,lss,eas,mu,mv


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MADELINE

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1837, Lorain, OH

Specs : 40 ft., 20 t.

Date of loss : 1839

Place of loss : Isle Royale, Minnesota Pt. or Madeline Isl.

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : (storm)

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : ?

Detail : Stranded and wrecked.

Much confusion over the location

Sources : gwgl,is,ls,


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MADISON

Other names : ?

Official no. : naval

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1812, U.S. Govt. as a 24-gun sloop-of-war

Specs : 538 t.

Date of loss : 1835

Place of loss : at Oswego

Lake : Ontario

Type of loss : (storm)

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : ?

Detail : Wrecked and sunk.

Sunk by storm at Sacket's Harbor in 1813. Raised and fitted out as a merchant vessel.

Sources : osdo,hgl


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MADISON

Other names : none

Official no. : 16649

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1842, Weeks, Clayton, NY

Specs : 80x20x9, 84 t.

Date of loss : 1877, Sep 18

Place of loss : near White Lake, Michigan

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : lumber

Detail : Reported ashore, waterlogged and a total loss after having drifted for two days and a night in heavy seas before coming to the beach. Out of Racine, Wis.Valued at #3,500.

Sources : nsp,mv,wl

 

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MAGANETTAWAN

Other names : none

Official no. : C71112

Type at loss : propeller tug, former, passenger & package freight vessel

Build info : 1877, J. Story, Byng Inlet, Ont.

Specs : 100x20x9, 187gc 127nc

Date of loss : 1896, Jul 15

Place of loss : near Byng Inlet, Ont. at the mouth of Naiscoot, R.

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : stranding

Loss of life : none

Carrying : none

Detail : She went on a bar while rushing to the rescue of fellow tug HOWARD, broke in two and was wrecked, a total loss. Owned by Capt. A. W. Clark, Parry Sound.

Rebuilt in 1888 and 1893

Sources : mmgl,csv,slh,is,lhdc,hgl,wmn


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MAGDALA

Other names : none

Official no. : C55948

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1868, McKay & Warner, Quebec

Specs : 105x25x9, 165 gc

Date of loss : 1885, Oct 13

Place of loss : Oshawa, Ont

Lake : Ontario

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : coal

Detail : She dragged her anchors and went ashore west of the west pier at Oshawa. Her crew was trapped aboard overnight as the vessel broke up, but were able to come ashore in their boat the next day. Owned and sailed by Capt. Geo. Farewell, Oshawa. Her cargo was soon recovered and the remains of the hulk were removed in a dredging operation in 1935.

Major repairs in 1882 after storm damage in December.

Went ashore near Long Pont, Lake Erie in Sep, 1872 and not recovered until the following spring.

Heavily damaged in a collision with the schooner White Oak, on Lake Ontario, in Nov., 1869.

Sources : nsp,wmn,jm,wl,bb

 

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MAGDALENA

Other names : none

Official no. : C71115

Type at loss : propeller tug, wood

Build info : 1875, Sutton & Bros., Buffalo

Specs : 48x12x6, 19gc 13nc

Date of loss : 1888, Nov 16

Place of loss : Grant's Isl., North Channel

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : (none)

Carrying : none

Detail : She was driven ashore by a gale and became a total wreck.

Out of Collingwood, Ont.

Rebuilt 1877

Sold Canadian in 1878

Sources : mmgl,csv,polk


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MAGELLAN

Other names : none

Official no. : C none

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1873, L. Shickluna, St. Catharines, Ont.

Specs : 142x26x12, 370 t.

Date of loss : 1877, Nov 9

Place of loss : Wisconsin, near Two Rivers

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 9[all]

Carrying : corn

Detail : She foundered in a storm and became a total loss. At first it was thought that she had simply been overwhelmed by a gale, but it later appeared out that she had been run down & totally destroyed, probably by the propeller JOSEPH L. HURD. Crewmen aboard another Canadian schooner, C.P. MERRICK, claimed to have witnessed the collision. At least one crewman's body was torn to pieces. Another theory said that she capsized in the storm and the wreckage was then inadvertently run over by the HURD. Her wreckage came ashore 3 mi N of Manitowoc. Master: Capt. John Belyea(d).

Sources : hgl,mmgl,clu,usls,mpl,hr,es,pdw,nsp


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MAGGIE

Other names : built as schooner SPEEDWELL, renamed in 1861

Official no. : C none

Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1847, Sanford & Moses, Cleveland

Specs : 97x22x8, 106 t.

Date of loss : 1883, Nov 13

Place of loss : somehere off Erie, PA

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 2 [all]

Carrying : ?

Detail : Left Erie for Buffalo the evening before a gale. The next day a large part of her inner hull was found floating off Erie. Her cabin door also came ashore. Considered to be lost with all hands, neither of whom was distinguished as the master: Moses Wakefield(d) and George Pryor(d).

Bound Tawas for Detroit, she went ashore near Goderich, Ont. and was wrecked Aug 31, 1871.

"Sold by U.S. Marshall Mar. 1881." [mmgl] Probably remained a Canadian bottom.

Originally 94x23x9, 160 t., rebuilt to this size in 1861.

Sources : hgl,(mv),clu['69],slh,nsp,mmgl,wl,rsl,jm


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MAGGIE

Other names : ? (built as ONEIDA)

Official no. : ?

Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood, bulk freight

Build info : ?(1870, Garden Isl., Ont.)

Specs : (484 nt)

Date of loss : 1918 (ca.)

Place of loss : off Presque Isle, MI

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : iron ore

Detail : Took on water as her seams opened and she wallowed until she sank. Tow of steamer EMBERLY(EMBURY?).

Another vessel of this name built by Shickluna, 1881, 284 t. [also Canadian].

Sources : is(2-83), not in mmgl


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MAGIC

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood

Build info : 1853, Ferry & Sons, Grand Haven, MI

Specs : 93x26x7, 100 t.

Date of loss : 1878, Oct 28

Place of loss : 8 miles S of Pentwater, Michigan

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none mentioned

Carrying : ?

Detail : She was beached on the first day of a terrific general gale and by the end of the storm was reported as going to pieces.

She was driven on the rocks by a gale and wrecked near Bailey's Harbor, Wis., in Nov, 1869.

Wrecked in Saginaw Bay in 1860 or 61. Recovered in '61.

Ashore for several months in 1858 near Milwaukee. She was raised by strapping a scow to each flank to support her, then sliding a sail under her wound and pumping her out.

Capsized 30 mi NNE of Chicago in Jun of 1855. The schooner NORTH YUBA stayed tied to her for more than a day to keep her from sinking, until both were towed in to Chicago by the U.S. gunboat MICHIGAN.

Designed and modelled by Bates of Manitowoc, WI. At the time of her launch it was said that her wide and shallow hull allowed lumber to be loaded and unloaded much more quickly than conventional arrangements. Many sources show her built at Manitowoc , but not so. Contemporary newspaper accounts of her launch show Grand Haven.

Sources : slh,nsp,hgl,rsl,mdwl,hr


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MAGNET

Other names : none

Official no. : 16318

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1856, S Kirby & Hoyt, Saginaw as a sidewheel tug

Specs : 145x23x10, 217g 206n

Date of loss : 1900, Sep 12

Place of loss : 1 mile NE of Middle Sister Isl.

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : coal

Detail : Bound for Marine City, she foundered in storm. The crew was rescued by the steamer FRANK E. KIRBY [designed by and named after the son of this vessel's builder].

Built as a log rafting tug, rebuilt & converted to a wrecking tug at Buffalo in 1863 and had a very famous career as such. Converted to sloop-barge in 1879, converted to schooner in 1888 by J. W. Westcott. He engine went into the sidewheel passenger steamer GRACE McMILLEN (later IDLEWILD) in 1879.

As a wrecker, she carried the first line mortar ever used on the lakes.

Image as tug from TBRC collection

Sources : vbs,polk,nsp,phr,mpl,es,ew


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MAGNETIC

Other names : none

Official no. : 91497

Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood, bulk freight, 2-mast

Build info : 1882, Presley, Cleveland

Specs : 264x38x22, 1946g 1770n

Date of loss : 1917, Aug 25

Place of loss : 19 mi W of Long Point

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none of 9

Carrying : iron ore

Detail : Tow of steamer E.M. BREITUNG, she rode up on a big wave in a moderate gale after her steering was disabled, hogged, broke her back and sank. Her crew was rescued from their small boat by the tow steamer.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : ns2,mv,mpl,hcgl

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MAGNOLIA - See LUCKPORT


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MAGNOLIA

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1845, Black River, Ohio

Specs : 199 t.

Date of loss : 1856, Oct 27

Place of loss : Gull Island

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : corn

Detail : She went ashore in a storm and wrecked, a total loss.

Sources : blu[1856],wmn,wl

 

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J.H. MAGRUDER

Other names : none

Official no. : 13745

Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood

Build info : 1869, Herring, Toussaint, OH

Specs : 115x23x7, 137g 130n

Date of loss : 1895, Sep 17

Place of loss : few miles S of Sturgeon Pt., near Harrisville

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : lumber

Detail : She sprang a leak in a 50-mph gale and was run onto the beach to save her crew. Lifesavers from Sturgeon Pt took them off. Bound Grace Harbor for Detroit with cedar and other lumber. Master: Capt. C. Whitney. Owner: C. A. Beagle, Detroit.

All but one of a local lifesaving crew were lost in a storm in '80 when she went ashore near Pte Aux Barques.

Major repairs in 1880 and 82

Sources : nsp,slh,h,mv,lhdc,wb,hgl


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MAHONING

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : brig, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1848, William Jones, Black R., OH

Specs : 119x26x19, 259 t.

Date of loss : 1864, Nov 13

Place of loss : Near Port Washington, WI

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 2

Carrying : 2 large steam pumps

Detail : She went ashore near Sheboygan, WI, in a gale with heavy damage. On Dec 1 she capsized and sank while in tow of a tug engaged in her salvage, taking two lives with her. The big wrecking tug MAGNET was engaged to rescue the pumps by diver, which was done in June of 65. Blocks, anchors, chains and standing rigging were also recovered at that time.

Sources : nsp,hgl,hr


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MAIA

Other names : none

Official no. : 92894

Type at loss : self-unloading barge, steel, bulk freight

Build info : 1898, Chicago Shipbuilding, Chicago hull# 33

Specs : 376x48x26, 3804 t.

Date of loss : 1905, Nov 29

Place of loss : near Split Rock, MN

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : ?

Detail : Torn away from her tow steamer in a violent gale and cast ashore. Heavy damage caused her to be declared a total loss immediately, but she was later recovered.

Sunk for a breakwater in 1956 and scrapped in 1962.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : mj,ns5,mv,hs,hr


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MAID OF THE MIST

Other names : none

Official no. : 17349

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1854, Buffalo [or 1863, Roy, St. Clair, MI]

Specs : 110 t.

Date of loss : 1878, Sep 25

Place of loss : Ninemile Point, Straits of Mackinac

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : ?

Detail : She was driven ashore and wrecked in a storm. The total value of the vessel and cargo was about $800. She had even been condemned a short time before the loss.

Sources : nsp,mv,is,wl


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MAID-OF-THE-MIST

Other names : none

Official no. : C90692

Type at loss : propeller, wood, excursion

Build info : 1886, A. White, Port Robinson, Ont.

Specs : 71x16, 62gc 33nc

Date of loss : 1955, Apr 22

Place of loss : at Niagara Falls, Ont.

Lake : Ontario

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : none

Detail : Destroyed by fire along with her sister, MAID-OF-THE-MIST #2

Had thrilled hundreds of thousands by challenging the roiling water at the base of Niagara Falls.

Image as she originally appeared from TBRC collection

Image after 1955 fire, same source

Sources : mmgl,csv


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MAID-OF-THE-MIST #2

Other names : none

Official no. : C138273

Type at loss : propeller, wood, excursion

Build info : 1892, Niagara Falls, NY

Specs : 76x19, 80 t.

Date of loss : 1955, Apr 22

Place of loss : at Niagara Falls, Ont.

Lake : Ontario

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : none

Detail : Destroyed by fire along with her sister, MAID-OF-THE-MIST.

Had thrilled hundreds of thousands by challenging the violent water below Niagara Falls.

Sold Canadian in 1921.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : mmgl,csv


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MAID OF THE WEST

Other names : none

Official no. : C

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast

Build info : 1849, Port Credit, Ont

Specs : 98x23x9, 168 t.

Date of loss : 1856, Sep 2

Place of loss : off the mouth of Grand Traverse Bay

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : lumber,salt

Detail : Bound Kingston, Ont., for Chicago, she sprang a leak in the Manitou Passage and went down to her decks. Her crew abandoned her in her yawl, rowing to the schooner TOM DYER, ten miles distant. The vessel was probably unrecoverable, as her insurance paid $6,500 on the loss.

Mmgl record states that her record was closed 殿bout 1859

Sources : nsp,mmgl,wmn,blu[1856]

 

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MAIME - See MAINE LAW, MAINE


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MAINE LAW

Other names : also seen as MAIME, MAIZE

Official no. : none

Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1853, L.S. Bedford, Port Huron, MI

Specs : 53x17x5, 36 t. [om]

Date of loss : 1858, Sep 24

Place of loss : just off Pte Aux Barques, MI

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : foundered

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : lumber

Detail : Blown from dock at Bark Shanty, where she was loading lumber, and went on a bar, where she broke up.

The 溺aine Law was the first prohibition law in the U.S. - passed in 1853.

Sources : slh,hgl,nsp,wl


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MAINE

Other names : sometimes seen as MAIME and MAIN

Official no. : 16402

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1852, W.B. Linn, Black R., OH

Specs : 103x25x8, 152g 144n

Date of loss : 1887, Oct 23

Place of loss : mouth of the harbor at Milwaukee

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none of 6

Carrying : RR ties

Detail : Bound White Lake, Michigan, for Chicago, she sprang a leak in about mid-lake during the night, made for shore but sank somewhat short. Her crew had climbed her rigging as she went down and was saved by the Lifesaving Service. The cargo reportedly washed up on beaches all over the lake for months afterwards.

Out of Chicago.

Sources : mv,h,lmdc,nsp,wb,hgl,sb,usls,eas,wls


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MAINE

Other names : none

Official no. : 16445

Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight

Build info : 1862, Stevens & Presley, Cleveland

Specs : 132x28x12, 332g 255n

Date of loss : 1911, Jul 17

Place of loss : at Marine City, MI

Lake : St Clair R

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none of 11

Carrying : ?

Detail : Destroyed by fire at her owner's dock, a total loss.

A hard-luck ship: 6 lives were lost in a boiler explosion, 1871; sank in Welland Canal, 1872; major fires in 1880, 1892, 1898, 1899 and 1906, sank on Lake Superior [Portage Canal] in 1906.

Rebuilt many times.

Built for the Northern Transportation Co.痴 Ogdensburg Line.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : is,mv,slh,ns2,lhl,nsp,phr,st,mpl,eas,jb


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MAITLAND

Other names : none

Official no. : 16320

Type at loss : bark, wood, 3-mast

Build info : 1861, Marlton, Goderich, Ont.

Specs : 137x25x13, 253 t.

Date of loss : 1871, Jun 11

Place of loss : near Waugoschance Pt., western Straits

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : collision

Loss of life : none

Carrying : corn

Detail : She foundered following a bizarre nighttime collision between she and the schooners MEARS(qv) and GOLDEN HARVEST in NW gale. She was struck by the HARVEST, then sheered to a position broadside to MEARS, which rammed her solidly to forward, sinking her in less than five minutes. She had been bound Chicago for Buffalo. Sold to Buffalo parties,Oct, 66 after stranding on L.Ont 1865

Deckplan from TBRC collection

Sources : clu,slh,lmdc,mmgl,hgl,nsp,ssm,rsl


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ALEXANDER MAITLAND

Other names : none

Official no. : 30291

Type at loss : barge, steel , bulk freight

Build info : 1902, Buffalo Dry Dock, Buffalo

Specs : 366x44x26, 3,351g 2,998n

Date of loss : 1924, Dec 9

Place of loss : Port Huron, MI

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : ?

Detail : Burned to reported total loss at Grand Trunk elevator. Owned by Jenkins Transportation Co., Cleveland. Surrendered to underwriters and hulk sold. Recovered and rebuilt to Canadian barge GLENBOGIE [C#152645]

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : eas,mv,hcgl,tbrc


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THOMAS MAITLAND

Other names : none

Official no. : C107595

Type at loss : propeller, wood

Build info : 1899, Owen Sound, Ont. (also given as Port Arthur)

Specs : 90x18, 107cg 73nc

Date of loss : 1927, May 9

Place of loss : at Port Arthur, Ont.

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : ?

Detail : She caught fire and was heavily damaged. Declared a total loss, but a year later she was resurrected and rebuilt, but no record of her continuing to operate.

Removed from registry in 1947.

Out of Port Arthur

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : is,mmgl,win


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MAJESTIC

Other names : none

Official no. : 92116

Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight

Build info : 1889, J. Davidson, W. Bay City hull# 25

Specs : 291x40x21, 1985g 1610n

Date of loss : 1907, Sep 19

Place of loss : 12 mi W of Long Point

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none

Carrying : light

Detail : Bound Buffalo for Toledo, she caught fire enroute, burned to the waterline & sank. Her crew were rescued by the big steel steamer CHARLEMAGNE TOWER, Jr.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : vbs,ledc,nsp,mpl,eas,ewe,mv


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MAJESTIC

Other names : none

Official no. : C100950

Type at loss : propeller, wood, passenger & package freight

Build info : 1895,Collingwood Dry Dock Co., Collingwood, Ont.

Specs : 209x35x13, 1578gc 1073nc

Date of loss : 1915, Dec 15

Place of loss : Point Edward, Ont.

Lake : St Clair R

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none

Carrying : ?

Detail : She caught fire at her dock. After a few moments the fire burned through mooring lines and she drifted downstream, threatening docks, buildings and other craft. Finally sank below Sarnia.

Owned by Northern Navigation Co. [later part of C.S.L.]

Image of her afire from TBRC collection

Sources : win,slh,ns2,sol,is,mmgl,mpl


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MAJOR

Other names : built as steamer JOHN MITCHELL, renamed in 1902

Official no. : 76792

Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight

Build info : 1889, F Wheeler, W Bay City hull# 47 US# 76792

Specs : 283x41x20, 1865g 1492n

Date of loss : 1913, Nov 13

Place of loss : Whitefish Bay

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : ?

Detail : Damaged by waves at the end of the "Big Storm" of 1913, she sprang a leak and was abandoned by her crew when she began to sink. Thought to have foundered, but later found still afloat. Master: Capt. Philip E. Reuvel.

Sold Canadian after rebuilding in 1914 [C134263]. Converted to floating drydock at Midland, Ont., 1920. Partly destroyed in a fire, 1931, scuttled in Midland Bay. Moved to deeper water, 1962

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : mmgl,vbs,gwgl,lssc,lss,sol,ns4,mpl,eas


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MAJOR ANDERSON

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : bark, wood, 3-mast

Build info : 1861, I Lafrinier, Cleveland

Specs : 568 t. om

Date of loss : 1863, Nov (27)

Place of loss : N Manitou Island

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : corn

Detail : Bound for Collingwood, Ont., she went ashore and was abandoned for the winter. She was supposed to be pulled off in the spring, but there is no evidence that she ever resumed operations. Master: Capt. Ingraham. Owner: J. J. Winslow, Cleveland.

Ashor at Middle Isl., L. Huron, the same fall.

Sources : nsp,hgl


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MAJOR ANDERSON

Other names : none Built on the hull of the old schooner MARY

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1861, P. Lamoree, Oswego, NY

Specs : 95 ft 143 t.

Date of loss : 1871, Oct 10

Place of loss : Two Rivers, WI

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : ?

Detail : Driven ashore by a gale on the 10th and pounded to pieces by the 14th - became a total loss. Owned by J. Prindiville of Chicago.

In 1863 she grounded on Middle Island, near Thunder Bay, MI and was declared a total loss, but later recovered. Also reported ashore on Twin River Point in 1863. Owner: John Prindiville, Chicago.

There were a number of other vessels of this name launched at about this time. Anderson was one of the first Union Civil War heroes.

Sources : hgl,osdo,stb,slh,nsp,rsl


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MAJOR BARBARA

Other names : ?

Official no. : ?

Type at loss : bark, wood, 3-mast

Build info : ?

Specs : ?

Date of loss : 1871, Oct 8

Place of loss : Big Sable Point

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : stranded

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : ?

Detail : Blinded by smoke from the great Peshtigo Forest Fire, went ashore and wrecked.

Sources : lsp,nsp not in mmgl, '69 mv


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MAJOR BARNUM

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1849, Dexter, NY

Specs : 71x18x6, 66 t. [om]

Date of loss : 1854, Sep 14

Place of loss : near Two Rivers, WI

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : ?

Detail : Caught by a storm while loading and driven on the beach, where she was later described as a total wreck.

Sources : nsp,hr


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MAJOR N.H. FERRY

Other names : none

Official no. : C126130

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast

Build info : 1867, Pierson, Ferrysburg, MI US# 16631

Specs : 117x25x8 171g 163n

Date of loss : 1913, May 28

Place of loss : Murray Canal, Bay of Quinte

Lake : Ontario

Type of loss : collision

Loss of life : none

Carrying : ?

Detail : She struck a pier at the mouth of the canal and sank. Because of her advanced age, she was considered to be beyond repair and was abandoned.

Registered out of Kingston

Sold Canadian after 1909

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : ns2,mv,nsp,win ,mpl not in mmgl


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MAJOR OLIVER

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : brig, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1837, Maumee R., Ohio* as a schooner

Specs : 81x24x10, 158 t.

Date of loss : 1845, Nov 2

Place of loss : mile S. of Chicago harbor

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none mentioned

Carrying : ?

Detail : Bound St. Joseph, Michigan for Chicago, she went ashore in a gale, a total loss of $10,000.

Out of Chicago, owned by Robert Kyle (her skipper) and six others.

*Perrysburg and Toledo also given.

Converted from a schooner to a brig in 1841.

Sources : hr,wl,bb

 

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MALAKOFF

Other names : built as revenue cutter SAMUEL D. INGHAM

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1849, Carrick & Bates, Erie, Pa. as a revenue cutter

Specs : 116x23x9, 215 t.

Date of loss : 1857, Nov 9

Place of loss : 4 miles off Goderich, Ont.

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : storm/foundering

Loss of life : none

Carrying : coal

Detail : Bound Cleveland for Chicago, she encountered a gale and was forced onto a reef near Nine Mile Point, Straits of Mackinac, where she was temporarily abandoned Oct. 21. On Nov 5, the tug RESCUE pulled her off and was making for Detroit in heavy weather when the canvas jacket over the hole in her hull washed off and the pump which was keeping her clear of water clogged with coal. She sank by the head in 30 feet of water. Only her cargo and the valuable pump were saved. Owned by J. M. Boylan, Milan, Ohio

Rebuilt at Milan OH, in 1856-7.

A Canadian propeller MALAKOFF also existed at this time. Burned at Montreal in 1859.

Sources : nsp,hgl,rnc,ec,wmn


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MALCOLM - See ALLEGHENY


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MANASOO

Other names : built as steamer MACASSA, last name in 1928

Official no. : C93932

Type at loss : propeller, steel, passenger and package freight

Build info : 1888, W. Hamilton & Co., Glasgow, Scotland hull# 64

Specs : 178x24x16, 529 t.

Date of loss : 1928, Sep 15

Place of loss : mid-Georgian Bay, abreast Griffith Isl. light

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 16 of 21

Carrying : cattle, 2 passengers

Detail : Fighting a heavy storm, she capsized when her cargo of 116 cattle apparently shifted to one side, overbalancing her. The recent addition of increased passenger accommodations on her upper deck is thought to have contributed to her instability. She sank quickly. The bodies of her cattle are said to have stocked many a winter larder along the shores that year. All five of the survivors drifted for 60 hours in a life raft before being picked up by the steamer MANITOBA.

Rebuilt, lengthened 24' in 1905 at Collingwood. Passenger accommodations increased in 1928 at Toronto to allow her to be used as a night boat, came out in April.

Painting as MACASSAfrom Walter Lewis website

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : is(4-59),mmgl,slh,ns3,csv,win,mpl,gcs


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MANCHESTER

Other names : none

Official no. : C

Type at loss : brig, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1847, J. Oades, Port Metcalf, Ont

Specs : 128x24x9, 254 t.

Date of loss : 1859, Apr 23

Place of loss : near Madison Dock

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 2

Carrying : oak timbers

Detail : Bound St. Clair R. for Kingston, Ont., she sprang a leak in a gale while off Long Point. When she beached at the site shown her masts went by the board and she broke in two, a total loss. Master: Capt. A. S. Brush. Owner: Fowler & Esseltyne, Detroit.

Sources : nsp,hgl,clu


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MANHATTAN

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : brig, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1836, O. Newberry, Detroit

Specs : 93x28x12, 140 t.

Date of loss : 1838, Oct 19

Place of loss : Point Abino

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : general merch. including liquor, cloth, molasses and sugar

Detail : She went aground and broke up in a gale while bound for Chicago, having just left Buffalo. Master: Capt. Stewart. Owner: Oliver Newberry & Co., Detroit. At the time of her loss, she was the largest square-rigged vessel in operation on the Lakes. A news clipping at the time of her stranding called her 鍍he noblest craft on western waters. Broken up by early November.

Beached in a gale on Lake Michigan in December, 1837.

Sources : is(2-59),ttgl,ledc,nsp,edd,wmn


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MANHATTAN

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : propeller, wood, passenger & package freight

Build info : 1847, Sanford & Moses, Cleveland

Specs : 149x23x10, 319 t.

Date of loss : 1859, Sep 1

Place of loss : mouth of harbor at Grand Marais, MI

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : (none)

Carrying : gen. frt, passengers

Detail : Trying to make shelter, she ran aground and was wrecked in the mouth of the harbor. Her cargo was later removed by the scow NEPTUNE and taken to Marquette, her original destination. The hulk partially blocked the entrance for almost 20 years.

Collided with MONTICELLO (qv) in fall,'51

In 1861 a trapper wrote his supplier that he had scavenged her for grooved siding to use for building a window in his

cabin.

Portaged around Soo in the summer of 1850, while most large vessels were brought around in winter when they could be skidded on frozen ground.

Sources : is(2-60,2-69),gwgl,lssc,lss,hgl,nsp,eas


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MANHATTAN

Other names : none

Official no. : 91905

Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight

Build info : 1887, Detroit Dry Dock, Wyandotte, MI hull #74

Specs : 252x38x19, 1546g 1103n

Date of loss : 1903, Oct 26

Place of loss : East Channel, near Munising, MI

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : storm/fire

Loss of life : none

Carrying : wheat

Detail : Her steeering gear was disabled by a storm driving down the channel and she was pushed on the rocky shore. There she caught fire and was destroyed before she could be released. The crew was rescued by the tug WARD.The wreck later drifted to near Sand Point.

Member of Gilchrist Fleet. Master: Capt. James B. Lyons. This was the 7th vessel lost by the Gilchrist fleet in 1904.

Image as a wreck from TBRC collection

Sources : atl,nsp,ms,gwgl,is,sagl,ns1,mv,lss,net,mpl,es


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MANISTEE

Other names : none

Official no. : 90311

Type at loss : propeller, wood, passenger & package freight

Build info : 1867, E. Peck, Cleveland

Specs : 184x30x10, 677 t.

Date of loss : 1883, Nov 16

Place of loss : W of the Keweenaw Peninsula off Eagle Harbor

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 23 of 26 [usls and others give 30 as the number lost]

Carrying : mixed freight

Detail : This steamer broke up offshore and foundered in a gale in one of Lake Superior痴 worst disasters. Bound Bayfield, WI for Ontonagon, MI. It was later reported that Capt. John McKay, had chosen to challenge the violent storm, which had driven several other vessels to port. A "note in a bottle" from Capt. McKay, deemed to be authentic, was found in May of 1885, near Fish River. Another found near Bayfield in 1897 was also thought to be real. Master: Capt. John McKay(d).

Rebuilt in 1871

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : is(4-74),gwgl,ms,gs,lss,gsgl,sol,wm2,polk,hgl,usls,mpl,df,eas


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MANISTEE

Other names : built as the propeller LORA, renamed ALICE STAFFORD in 1897, last name in 1905

Official no. : 140537

Type at loss : propeller, wood, passenger & package freight

Build info : 1882, B Randall, Benton Harbor, MI as a package freighter

Specs : 202x32x22, 843g 485n

Date of loss : 1914, Jan 28 [also given as Jun 28]

Place of loss : Ferrysburg, MI [near Grand Haven]

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none

Carrying : none

Detail : Caught fire and destroyed at her winter berth.

Lengthened 48' in 1890, deepened and converted to this configuration in 1901

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : mv,ns2,mpl,hr,eas


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MANISTIQUE, MARQUETTE & NORTHERN No. 1 - See MILWAUKEE


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MANITOBA - See PITTSBURG


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MANITOBA

Other names : none

Official no. : C none

Type at loss : propeller, wood, freight "steambarge"

Build info : 1870, G. Morrison, Chatham, Ont.

Specs : 74x21x6, 100 t.

Date of loss : 1883, Nov 1

Place of loss : at Chatham, Ont.

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none

Carrying : ?

Detail : She caught fire and burned to total loss. Owned by A. T. Crowe, Dover, Ont.

Had a shallow-draft scow hull, built for river duty.

Sources : clu,csv,mmgl


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MANITOU

Other names : built as schooner G. M. NEELON (qv), renamed by 1894

Official no. : 92568

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast

Build info : 1873, Andrews, Port Dalhousie, Ont.

Specs : 138x26x12, 333 g 314 n.

Date of loss : 1905, Nov 4

Place of loss : off Scotch Bonnet light

Lake : Ontario

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none of 6

Carrying : ?

Detail : She foundered in a storm after springing a leak. Out of Detroit.

Recovered by Americans in 1893 and rebuilt as an American hull.

Sources : mmgl,ns1,mv,eas,wmn,wl


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MANITOULIN

Other names : rebuilt as ATLANTIC

Official no. : C85491

Type at loss : propeller, wood, passenger & package freight

Build info : 1880, J. Simpson, Owen Sound, Ont.

Specs : 152x30x11, 706gc 480nc

Date of loss : 1882, May 18

Place of loss : 4 miles out of Manitowaning, Ont., Georgian Bay

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : 11 to 25 [or more - some sources estimate up to 40]

Carrying : gen frt, passengers

Detail : She was discovered to be afire while crossing Georgian Bay. Her skipper, 釘lack Pete Campbell beached her near Manitowaning in an effort to save the passengers & crew. She was nearly destroyed, but was later recovered and rebuilt, even though a hull inspector stated in June that she was not worth raising. She was lost to fire in 1903 (see ATLANTIC).

Owned by Great Northern Transit Line.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : lh,slh,sol,is,ns1,mmgl,hgl,mpl,rp,nsp


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MANITOWOC

Other names : none

Official no. : 90465

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast, lumber

Build info : 1868, Rand, Manitowoc, WI as a sidewheeler

Specs : 210x29x13, 507g 479n

Date of loss : 1900, Nov 10

Place of loss : on North Manitou Isl.

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : (storm)

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : ?

Detail : ashore and wrecked.

Converted to a barge in 1874 after a fire; her engine, formerly in the steamer MAY QUEEN, going into the steamer CHICAGO. The barge was later rebuilt to this schooner.

Rebuilt 1879, 83

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : ns1,mv,lhl,polk,nb,rsh


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J. B. MANNING

Other names : none

Official no. : 75614

Type at loss : propeller tug, wood

Build info : 1874, Charlotte, NY

Specs : 32 t.

Date of loss : 1875, Nov 7

Place of loss : at Charlotte, NY

Lake : Ontario

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none mentioned

Carrying : ?

Detail : Burned to a total loss at dock, along with the barge ADMIRAL (?). The fire was thought to be started by an arsonist. Valued at $7,000.

Sources : nsp,hr,wl

 

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MANOLA

Other names : later MAPLEDAWN(qv)

Official no. : 92170

Type at loss : propeller, steel, bulk freight

Build info : 1890, Globe Iron Works, Cleveland hull #30

Specs : 275x42x21, 2326g 1836n

Date of loss : 1918, Dec 2

Place of loss : near Main Duck Island

Lake : Ontario

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 11 [all]

Carrying : none

Detail : She was sold for saltwater use and was cut in half for towing up the St. Lawrence. Enroute the bow section, in tow of tug MICHIGAN, was struck by a fast rising, violent squall and foundered quickly with all on board.

The orphaned stern was purchased by Canadian parties and a new forward section built for her. Relaunched in 1920 as MAPLEDAWN(qv)

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : csqw,do2,eas


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MANSFIELD

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1847, Buffalo

Specs : 116x24x9, 213 gt [om]

Date of loss : 1855, Jun 30

Place of loss : 30 mi SW of Manitou Islands

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : collision

Loss of life : (none)

Carrying : wheat

Detail : Bound Milwaukee for Oswego in a heavy fog, she was run down and sunk by the schooner TELEGRAPH just after being brought about. Cut nearly to her keel, she went down in about 10 minutes, in 20 fathoms of water. Owned by H. K. Viello & Samuel G. Greene of Buffalo.

She went ashore near Euclid, OH Dec 4, 1854 and wrecked. No lives were lost. She had been bound for Detroit with coal, iron and soap.

Sources : nsp,hgl,hr


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MANZANILLA

Other names : none in mmgl as MANZARILLA

Official no. : C85412

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast

Build info : 1873, L. Shickluna, St. Catharines Ont. as a bark

Specs : 137x26x12, 340gc 320nc

Date of loss : 1887, Oct 13

Place of loss : at Van Buren Pt., 6 mi W of Dunkirk, NY

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : stone block

Detail : She was driven ashore and wrecked by a SW gale. Her crew made it ashore on their own, and the skipper was rescued by fishermen from Barcelona, NY in the fishing boat BEECHER after the Lifesaving Service failed to respond. She had been bound Cleveland for Toronto. Registered out of St. Catharines or Hamilton, to Capt. Williamson, Toronto. Master: Capt. George O達rien.

Sister of schooner MAGELLAN(qv)

Major repairs in 1880

Sources : mmgl,h,ledc,nsp,wb,win,hgl,sb,pdw,es,ib,ewe


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MAPLE LEAF - See also HONORA CARR


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MAPLE LEAF

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1854, G S Weeks, Buffalo

Specs : 123x26x10, 293 t. (or 223 t.)

Date of loss : 1867, Nov 1

Place of loss : Detroit Island or Pilot Island, Death's Door

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : (storm)

Loss of life : none

Carrying : lumber (also reported as light)

Detail : Reported ashore and a total loss, she was later stripped of her outfit and abandoned. Out of Chicago

Rebuilt in 1863.

Sources : nsp,rsl,hgl,wgts,whs


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MAPLE LEAF

Other names : none

Official no. : 50396

Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood

Build info : 1866, J Arnold, Port Huron

Specs : 84x20x7, 87 t.

Date of loss : 1879, Nov 19

Place of loss : at Grand Haven, MI

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none of 4

Carrying : lumber

Detail : Bound Whitehall, MI, for Milwaukee, she drove against the north pier at Grand Haven in a storm and went into the shallows. Her crew was rescued by the Lifesaving Service. She was resting fairly easily until the schooner J.A. HOLMES piled ashore at the same spot and cut her in two. HOLMES was later recovered. Out of Milwaukee.

Sources : mv,h,phr,usls,nsp


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MAPLE LEAF

Other names : none

Official no. : 50873

Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood

Build info : 1872, Bigland, Bayfield, WI

Specs : 52 t.

Date of loss : 1882, Nov

Place of loss : mouth of Iron River, MN

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : lumber,fish

Detail : She was driven ashore and broken up by a storm.

Wrecked and declared lost in 1872, near Isle Royale.

Sources : nsp,gwgl,irs,is,lss,mv


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MAPLE LEAF

Other names : none

Official no. : C73914

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1867, Redmond & Tait, Picton, Ont.

Specs : 92x22x8, 114g 108n

Date of loss : 1883, Nov 16

Place of loss : off harbor entrance at Buffalo

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : lumber, staves and wood bolts

Detail : Overwhemed by gale, she was driven ashore and wrecked. She ended up so high on the beach that she was declared a total loss, but was later recovered by Americans and rebuilt as HONORA CARR(qv).

Bound Port Burwell for Buffalo. Hailed from Port Burwell.

mmgl gives date of loss as 10/10/86.

Sources : mmgl,h,hgl,usls


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MAPLEDAWN

Other names : built as MANOLA(qv), renamed in 1920

Official no. : C141836

Type at loss : propeller, steel, bulk freight

Build info : 1890, Globe Iron Works, Cleveland hull# 30 US# 92170

Specs : 350x40x21, 2325gc 1835nc

Date of loss : 1924, Nov 30

Place of loss : Christian Isl. near Penetang, Ont.

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : stranded

Loss of life : none

Carrying : barley

Detail : Blinded by snow, disoriented by heavy waves, she went hard aground. Couldn't be pulled off and was cut up for scrap in place. Bound Fort William for Midland, Ont.

Owned by Canada Steamship Lines.

See MANOLA for earlier major accident. Sold Canadian and forward portion built on earlier stern, 1918-20.

Lengthened 68' at Collingwood, 1924.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : csqw,mmgl,slh,is,ns3,mv,lhdc,csv,win,do


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MAPLEGROVE

Other names : built as propeller CHEROKEE, renamed MAPLEGROVE in 1919, renamed JED in 1921

Official no. : C141378

Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight

Build info : 1889, M. Lester, Marine City, MI US# 126590

Specs : 208x36x14, 1177gc 636n

Date of loss : 1920, Jul 11

Place of loss : Welland Canal

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : collision

Loss of life : none

Carrying : ?

Detail : She struck a lock gate in the Welland Canal and beached. She was declared total loss and later removed as a hazard, but was purchased as a wreck and converted to the barge JED in 1921.

Sustained heavy weather damage on L. Ontario Nov 21, 1921 and abandoned to her underwriters. Reported officially abandoned in 1924. But continued in use until abandoned at Ft. William, Ont., in the early 1930's. Removed by the Canadian Govt in 1935.

Sold Canadian, 1919.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : mmgl,h,csv,mpl


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MAPLEGULF

Other names : built as PAWNEE, renamed in 1920

Official no. : C141752

Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight

Build info : 1888, M. Lester, Marine City, MI US# 150455

Specs : 174x33x13, 821 t.

Date of loss : 1920, Nov 15

Place of loss : off Kingston, Ont.

Lake : Ontario

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : ?

Detail : While fighting a gale, she rode up on a big wave and cracked in two. She was in a desperate, sinking condition, but still made it into Kingston safely. She was declared a constructive total loss at the dock and was later cut up for scrap.

Sold Canadian in 1920 [Canada Steamship].

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : mmgl,ns3,mv,csv,win,mpl


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MAPLEHURST

Other names : built as steamer CADILLAC, renamed in 1920

Official no. : C138230

Type at loss : propeller, steel, bulk freight

Build info : 1892, Chicago Shipbuilding, Chicago hull#5 US#126876

Specs : 235x37x19, 1297 t.

Date of loss : 1922, Dec 1

Place of loss : near Portage Ship Canal, Keweenaw

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 11 of 20

Carrying : coal

Detail : Her engine failed in gale and she fell into troughs of the big waves, capsized and sank. Some sources say she was driven ashore and wrecked just off Upper Entrance. Bound Lorain, OH for Ft.William, Ont.

Sold Canadian, 1916

Image as a wreck from TBRC collection

Image as CADILLAC same source

Sources : mmgl,gwgl,lss,sol,is,ns3,csv,mpl,eas,hr


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HELEN MAR

Other names : also seen as HELEN MARR

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1837, A. C. Keating, Huron, Oh

Specs : 109 t.

Date of loss : 1840, Oct (4)

Place of loss : 10 mi SW of Pt. Abino

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 5 or 7

Carrying : 5,000 bu wheat

Detail : Bound Cleveland for Buffalo with grain, she disappeared in to a storm. Later a hull was seen near Gravelly Bay and was determined to be hers. Wreckers were still working to raise her from about 80 feet of water as late as June, 1842, but there is no record that they ever succeeded. Master: Capt. Judah Ransom(d) who had been prevailed upon to make one last fall run after his retirement.

Another schooner HELEN MAR, rebuilt from the wrecked schooner MERCHANT MILLER, was launched in 1844 at Kingston. She was a 2-master, 84x19x9, 129 t., rebuilt in 1851 by Shickluna and probably wrecked 20 mi E of the mouth of the Niagara R, Nov 12, 1862.

The small paddle steamer HELEN MAR (US#11818) was reported burned at Allegan, Mich, Lake Michigan, in 1869.

Sources : nsp,jk,wmn,mv,wl,mbw

 

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DAN MARBLE

Other names : none

Official no. : 6093

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1848, J Tyler, Conneaut

Specs : 169 t.

Date of loss : 1875, Jul 21

Place of loss : 8-9 mi E of Long Point

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : (storm or hull failure)

Loss of life : none

Carrying : 300 t. coal

Detail : Bound Detroit for Buffalo, she foundered in 25 fathoms of water. Her crew abandoned in her boat, were picked up by the schooner MONT BLANC and made it to Long Point, from whence the schooner STERLING brought them to Detroit. Her skipper and part owner Capt. C. Talbot, arrived at Detroit with the only thing saved from the vessel - her clock - under his arm.

Out of Buffalo in 1871

Rebuilt in 1873

Sources : eas,hgl,wl,jb,nsp


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MARBLEHEAD

Other names : built as FRANK J. WEIGAND, renamed in 1918

Official no. : 205037

Type at loss : gas screw, wood

Build info : 1908, Erie, Pa

Specs : 40x11x4, 8g 7n

Date of loss : 1920, Jun 14

Place of loss : off Kelley痴 Island

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : foundered

Loss of life : none [no one aboard]

Carrying : none

Detail : Sunk and a total loss - no detail. Probably out of Cleveland.

Sources : mv,hr,wmhs,hcgl

 

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J.P. MARCH

Other names : also seen as JOHN P. MARCH

Official no. : 13482

Type at loss : schooner, wood (3-mast), former bark

Build info : 1864, Crozier, Vermilion, OH

Specs : 146x30, 355 t.

Date of loss : 1878, Oct 30

Place of loss : Good Harbor, MI, near Sleeping Bear Point

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 4 of 8

Carrying : coal

Detail : Driven onto the rocks by gale, she broke up and became a total loss. Master: Capt. John Debbage.

Sources : mv,ssb,nb,wl


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MARENGO

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1842, O. Newberry, Detroit

Specs : 80x21x9, 129 t. om

Date of loss : 1856, May 18

Place of loss : Middle Sister Island

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : coal

Detail : Sunk by a storm, going down in 30 feet of water.

Ashore in Gravelly Bay, L. Erie in Nov, 1852.

Sources : nsp,cpl,tbms

 

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MARENGO

Other names : none

Official no. : 17456

Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood, bulk freight

Build info : 1873, Wolf & Davison, Milwaukee

Specs : 189x32x14, 648g 616n

Date of loss : 1912, Oct 12

Place of loss : near Morgan's Point, Ont., W of Port Colborne

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none of 4

Carrying : coal

Detail : Tow of steamer LLOYD S. PORTER(qv), her hawser parted and she was driven on the beach, where she broke up.

Out of Erie, PA, owned by Geo. Taylor

Ashore at Erie in November, 1875 when her skipper mistook lights on shore for the range lights and drove her straight on a reef.

2nd vessel of this name. The first was possibly sunk near the Sisters Islands, Lake Erie, in 1856.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : mv,ns2,ledc,win,mpl,eas,hgl,wmn,ewe


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MARGRETTA

Other names : none also seen as MARGARETTA

Official no. : 92423

Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood

Build info : 1892, Ashtabula, OH

Specs : 53x13x5, 19g 10n

Date of loss : 1907, Oct 28

Place of loss : off Grindstone City, MI

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : 1 of 1

Carrying : none

Detail : Caught fire and burned to a total loss. Her documents were surrendered at Port Huron, Oct 31, 1907, first registered there Oct 2 of the same year.

Heavily damaged by grounding in great storm of Oct 20, 1905.

Sources : slh,mv,phr


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MARIA

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1836, Maumee, OH

Specs : 24 t.

Date of loss : 1841

Place of loss : near Nine Mile Point, Straits of Mackinac

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : (storm)

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : ?

Detail : Foundered.

Sources : slh,hgl


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MARIA

Other names : none

Official no. : 50612

Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood

Build info : 1866, A. Stewart, Port Huron

Specs : 95x23x7, 104 t.

Date of loss : 1883, Nov 5

Place of loss : at Hedgehog Harbor, WI

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : lumber

Detail : Went on the rocks in a gale and was expected to go to pieces. Master: Capt. P. C. Amderson. Owned by Saveland & Cushing of Milwaukee.

Ashore and thought to be a total loss on Skillagallee reef Nov. 21, 1869.

Sources : nsp,hgl,polk,hr,phr,wgts (not in 69 or 84 mv)


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MARIA

Other names : none

Official no. : (91096)

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : (1878, Milwaukee)

Specs : (34x12x4, 9g 8n)

Date of loss : 1895, Nov

Place of loss : near Two Rivers, WI

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none of 6

Carrying : railroad ties

Detail : After she began to leak heavily in a storm, her crew was evacuated by local fishermen. The vessel blew ashore near Two Rivers and broke up.

Sources : hr,mv


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MARIE ANNETTE

Other names : also seen as MARIA ANNETE and MARIE ANTOINETTE

Official no. : C5893

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1867, McKay & Warner, Quebec

Specs : 125x26x10, 227gc 227nc

Date of loss : 1898, Aug 15

Place of loss : abreast of Long Point

Lake : Ontario

Type of loss : hull failure

Loss of life : none

Carrying : lumber

Detail : She was outbound from Port Hope when she sprang a serious leak off Long Point, Lake Ontario. She settled to her decks, but was picked up by a tug and towed to Ogdensburg. Later moved to Kingston, but her hull was seriously strained and she was abandoned without rebuilding. Out of Port Hope, Ont. for her entire long career.

A Canadian steamer of this name is also sometimes seen as lost in 1898, but there is no good record of either the boat or the wreck.

Sources : nsp,hgl,mmgl,hr,nsp

 

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RAMON MARIMON - See also BURLINGTON


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MARINE CIGAR

Other names : nicknamed "Fool Killer" by many

Official no. : none

Type at loss : miniature submarine, steel, salvage*

Build info : 1851, Lodner D. Phillips, Michigan City, Ind.

Specs : 40' long, 14 ft. diameter

Date of loss : 1853

Place of loss : Mid-lake over wreck of ATLANTIC (1852 - qv)

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : gear failure

Loss of life : none

Carrying : none

Detail : She had been brought to Lake Erie on a train by her inventor and builder for the purpose of salvaging the ATLANTIC. She began to leak 100' into a preliminary dive, so was raised to the surface and repaired. In an unmanned test dive which followed she was lost when her lift line fouled with the steamer's rigging and broke. The boat fell to the bottom near the ATLANTIC, where it still lies.

*may have been steam-powered, but probably hand-cranked propeller

Sources : fk,is(3-83),nsp


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MARINE CITY

Other names : none

Official no. : 16447

Type at loss : sidewheel steamer, wood, passenger & package freight

Build info : 1866, Lester & Arnold, Marine City, MI

Specs : 192x28x11, 695 t.

Date of loss : 1880, Aug 29

Place of loss : 2 mi off Alcona, MI

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : 9 to 20 of 158

Carrying : shingles, fish

Detail : She caught fire while downbound Alpena for Detroit. She was seen to be ablaze from Harrisville, MI, from whence the tugs VULCAN & GRAYLING rushed to her rescue. They and the Sturgeon Point Lifesaving crew saved most of those aboard, but could do nothing for the ship, and she was a total loss. Master: Capt. Wm. E. Comer. Her boiler was reported visible above water in the 1950's, and emerged again along with parts of her hull in the summer of 2001.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : hmc,is,sol,h,ach,lhl,phr,hgl,usls,mpl,nsp,mah,ade


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MARINE CITY

Other names : none

Official no. : 50516

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2 mast

Build info : 1866, Somers, Marine City, MI as a schooner-barge

Specs : 147x28x11, 338g 321n

Date of loss : 1901, Nov 11

Place of loss : off Goderich, Ont.

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 4 [all]

Carrying : pulpwood

Detail : Bound Blind River, Ont. for Detroit, she went on the rocks at Scarecrow Isl., S of Thunder Bay, MI and was abandoned by her crew, who were taken off by the Thunder bay Island lifesavers. She later slipped off the reef and drifted out into the lake. The passing steamer INDIA found her abandoned and put 4 men aboard in heavy seas to tow her in, but she drifted away and finally wrecked near the Canadian side, with the loss of her temporary crew.

Built at 128x27x9, 367 t., rebuilt and enlarged in 1875.

Sources : phr,slh,sol,ns1,mv,lhdc,nsp,wl


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MARINER

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1824, A. Jones, Sandusky, OH

Specs : 75x22x7, 96 t.

Date of loss : 1852, fall

Place of loss : near Chicago

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : wrecked

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : ?

Detail : Went ashore in a gale and broke up. Her outfit was salvaged the following season by the steamer DETROIT.

Sources : www,hgl,nsp

 

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MARINER

Other names : none

Official no. : 17607

Type at loss : sidewheel steamer, wood [also shown as a steam barge]

Build info : 1860, J.A. Jenking, Detroit

Specs : 81x25x6, 135g 104n

Date of loss : 1869, Nov 20

Place of loss : at Thames, R., Chatham, Ont.

Lake : St Clair

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none

Carrying : ?

Detail : Destroyed by fire.

Sources : lhl,hgl,hdm,wl,mdwl,eas


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MARINER

Other names : none

Official no. : 16423

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1852, Stevens & Presley, Ohio City, Ohio

Specs : 53x15x6, 31g 29n

Date of loss : 1895, Jul 10

Place of loss : near Green Island, Wis

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : hull failure

Loss of life : none

Carrying : lumber

Detail : She sprang a leak while bound Menominee, Mich., to Kewaunee and was sailed ashore on Green Island to prevent her sinking. When she was examined soon after preparatory to relaunching, it was found that she was thoroughly rotten, and she was abandoned. Owned by Frank Morris of Kewaunee.

Sources : wgts,mv,hr

 

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MARINETTE - See also JOHN B. BREYMANN


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MARINETTE

Other names : sometimes misreported as MARIONETTE

Official no. : 90766

Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood

Build info : 1873, J. Martel, Saugatuck, MI

Specs : 505g 480n

Date of loss : 1886, Nov 19

Place of loss : SE of Fairport, MI, Garden Peninsula.

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 6 of 7

Carrying : lumber

Detail : Tow of the steamer MANISTIQUE, she broke tow and went ashore in a 3-day NW gale. The woman cook and her 13 year old daughter were among the lost. The wreck eventually washed ashore near Frankfort. Owned by Loud of Oscoda. Master: Capt. William Comfrey(d).

See also MENEKAUNEE.

Sources : mv,nsp,h,lmdc,phr,wb,hgl,sb,eas,es


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MARION - See CHARLES HORN , JURA


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MARION

Other names : none

Official no. : 211264

Type at loss : wood gas screw, freight

Build info : 1913, J. H. Larsen, Menominee, Mich

Specs : 50x15x6, 26g 25n

Date of loss : 1944, Jul 28

Place of loss : North Branch Chicago River

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : lost, cause unknown

Loss of life : none reported

Carrying : ?

Detail : Wrecked on the east side of the river, south of Erie St. No detail - listed in 1957 MVUS as 斗ost, abandoned or otherwise removed from documentation.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : mv,hr,tbrc

 

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EDGAR MARION - See MARION EGAN


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MARJON S or MARION S

Other names : none

Official no. : C158604

Type at loss : propeller tug

Build info : ?

Specs : 5 t.

Date of loss : 1943, Apr 29

Place of loss : 1 mi WSW of Port Burwell, Ont.

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : explosion/fire

Loss of life : 3

Carrying : none

Detail : She exploded and burned to a total loss.

Built or acquired from foreign sources about 1935.

Out of Port Dover, Ont.

Sources : sol,h,win not in mmgl


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JOHN MARK

Other names : none

Official no. : 45698

Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1870, A. Turner, Trenton, as 3-mast schooner

Specs : 142x27x9 299g 284n

Date of loss : 1903, Oct 23

Place of loss : off Kelley's Isl.

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : stone

Detail : Bound Marblehead for Fairport, she sprung a leak in heavy seas and foundered. Lifesaving service rescued her crew.

Ashore on Simcoe Isl., L. Ont., with heavy damage in 1870.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : nsp,ns1,mv


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MARKET DRAYTON - See NELLIE SHERWOOD


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MAROLD II

Other names : built as steam yacht LaBELLE, renamed 1919

Official no. : 208565

Type at loss : propeller, steel, ferry

Build info : 1911, Dialogue & Sons, Camden, NJ

Specs : 129x19x10, 165g 112n

Date of loss : 1937, Jan 1

Place of loss : Simmons Reef, N of Beaver Island

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : explosion

Loss of life : 5 [all]

Carrying : gasoline

Detail : She and her crew were siphoning gasoline off the stranded tanker J. OSWALD BOYD(qv) when a tremendous explosion occurred, totally destroying MAROLD and her crew. Only pieces of MAROLD were found. The captain痴 body washed ashore in Green Bay the next year. Master: Capt. Ludlow L. Hill(d).

Built as the private yacht of auto (and speed) magnate Alexander Winton. Impressed for service as a subchaser in WW I.

Burned at Marysville, MI, St. Clair R. in Sep, 1921.

Sources : is(2-72),nsp,sa,gsgl,is,lm,ssm,mpl,eas


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MARQUETTE - See also HOWARD M. HANNA, Jr., B.L. WEBB


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MARQUETTE

Other names : none

Official no. : 16396

Type at loss : bark, wood, 3-mast

Build info : 1856, J. Bushnell, Newport, Mich

Specs : 131x30x11, 437 t. om

Date of loss : 1867, Nov 20

Place of loss : Hope Island, Georgian Bay

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : 20,000 bu corn

Detail : Bound Chicago for Collingwood, she struck a rock after being driven into the shallows by a storm and went to the bottom in 30 feet of water. Her crew made it to shore in her boats. Owned by S. J. Perry, Chicago. Master: Capt. Thos. Fountane.

Collided with str A. J. WARNER near Cheboygan, Mich and sank in 1862.

Built for Eber B. Ward, Detroit

Sources : nsp,cpl,tbrc,wl,wmv

 

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MARQUETTE

Other names : none

Official no. : 90142

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1869, J.M. Jones, Detroit

Specs : 139x26x11, 323 t.

Date of loss : 1872, Nov 14

Place of loss : west Channel, Munising Bay

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : iron ore

Detail : She stranded in heavy seas. Initial salvage attempts failed and it was hoped that she could winter over and be taken off in the spring, but late fall and winter storms tore her to pieces, and she was abandoned as a total loss in May of the following year.. Homeport: Marquette. Owned by E.B. Ward.

Sunk with some loss of life by collision with the bark H. P. Baldwin in the Straits, 1870. Rebuilt at Bay City in 1871.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : slh,ms,lss,hgl,mpl,nsp


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MARQUETTE

Other names : built as steamer REPUBLIC, renamed, 1890

Official no. : 110465

Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight

Build info : 1881, Presley, Cleveland

Specs : 235x36x18, 1343g 1118n

Date of loss : 1903, Oct 15

Place of loss : near Apostles Isls.

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : hull failure

Loss of life : none

Carrying : iron ore

Detail : Downbound in good weather, she sprang a leak and began to settle bow first. Air trapped in her hull blew her cabins off and broke her in two aft of the pilothouse. The crew escaped in lifeboats as she went down. Master: Capt. Charles L. Chaughill. Owner: J. C. Gilchrist, Cleveland.

Sixth Gilchrist boat to be lost that year: JOHN CRAIG, WAVERLY, A.A. PARKER, V. SWAIN (later recovered), MOONLIGHT.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : nsp,is,gwgl,lss,sagl,ns1,mpl,hcgl


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MARQUETTE & BESSEMER No. 2

Other names : none

Official no. : 202514

Type at loss : propeller, steel, carferry, 30 car

Build info : 1905, American Shipbuilding, Cleveland, OH hull #428

Specs : 338x55x20, 2514 t

Date of loss : 1909, Dec 8

Place of loss : midlake, exact location unknown

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 36 [all]

Carrying : 32 coal hopper cars

Detail : Bound Conneaut, OH for Port Stanley, Ont. on her regular route, she foundered in a powerful gale. Her distress whistle was heard and lights seen on both sides of the lake as she vainly searched for hours for a safe port. Old-time sailors still claim to hear her whistle on stormy nights. Owned by Marquette & Bessemer Transportation Co, Conneaut, Oh. Master: Capt. Robert R. McLeod(d).

Image from Walter Lewis website

Sources : gs,glc,sol,sagl,ns1,mv,ledc,mpl,eas,ewe


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MARQUIS

Other names : (built as the schooner TOBIAS BUTLER) also seen as MARCUS

Official no. : C71246

Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood, 3-mast

Build info : 1872, Jamieson, Mill Point, Ont.

Specs : 148x29 446gc 424 nc

Date of loss : 1892, Nov 12

Place of loss : off Harbor beach, abreast of Forest Bay

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : stone or lumber

Detail : Stranded in a blizzard and gale. USLS saved four of her crew, the rest made it to shore on their own. Registration document says "Got on reef in snowstorm, total loss, 3 mi S of Port Hope." A few days later she was reported "split and flattened out."

Heavy damage in the Great Storm of Nov 11-17, 1883, on Lake Ont.

Stranded at Devil's Nose, near Charlotte, NY, L. Ont, in Nov, 1881

Sources : mmgl,slh,h,hgl,usls,es,nsp


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MARQUISE DeVANDREUILL

Other names : also seen as MARQUISE de VAUDRIEL

Official no. : British

Type at loss : square topsail schooner, wood, warship of 22 guns*

Build info : 1756, Sieur de Cresse, Fort Frontenac

Specs : ca. 90 ft., 120 t.

Date of loss : 1759 or later

Place of loss : at Oswego, NY

Lake : Ontario

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none

Carrying : none

Detail : Captured from the French by Col. Bradstreet in 1758 and used as a transport. Burned at Oswego when her usefulness was ended. Built by the French for the French & Indian War.

*14 8- and 6-pounders on carriages and 8 3-pounder swivels when built

Sources : osdo,sgl,mpl,rp


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HELEN MARR - See HELEN MAR

 

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MARS - See also MARTIAN


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MARS

Other names : none (maybe misidentified as MARY in some reports)

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1855, Michigan City, Ind

Specs : 46x134x5,

Date of loss : 1857, Nov 18 or 19

Place of loss : near Port Washington

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 4 or 5 [all]

Carrying : ?

Detail : Bound Port Washington for Milwaukee, she capsised in a gale and drifted ashore Port Washington. No trace of her crew was found

Sources : nsp,rmn,hgl,wmn,wmhs

 

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MARS

Other names : none

Official no. : 50877

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1872, McLeod, New Jerusalem, OH

Specs : 122x27x9, 235g 223n

Date of loss : 1903, Nov 19

Place of loss : S. Fox Island

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : ?

Detail : Driven ashore and pounded to pieces by wave action. Out of Milwaukee, owned by John Schroeder Lumber Co.

Major repairs in 1881

Image of vessel ashore from TBRC collection (probably not her final accident)

Sources : nsp,sol,ns1,mpl,tbrc


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CAROLINE MARSH

Other names : none

Official no. : C ?

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1852, H. Hacker (or Collins), Port Hope, Ont.

Specs : 102x24x10, 320 t.

Date of loss : 1890, Nov 3

Place of loss : harbor at Oswego, NY

Lake : Ontario

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : coal

Detail : Unable to make it into the harbor, she signaled for a tow. Picked up by the harbor tug M. J. CUMMINGS (qv), but broke her towline and was driven ashore near the lifesaving station, where she broke up in place. Her crew was rescued by the Lifesaving Service.

Reg out of Port Hope to Vinden & Co. but news articles say she was owned by Capt. John Ewart, Parkdale, Ont.

Major repairs in 1883, rebuilt, 1874

Sources : eas,win,clu,is,h,nsp,osdo,wb,hgl,sb,dmt ,hr


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GEORGE A. MARSH

Other names : none

Official no. : C133750

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast

Build info : 1882, A.J. Footlander, Muskegon, MI US# 85727

Specs : 135x27x9, 243gc 220nc

Date of loss : 1917, Aug 8

Place of loss : Pigeon Shoal, off Amherst Isl., approach to Kingston, Ont.

Lake : Ontario

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 10 of 13

Carrying : coal

Detail : Bound Big Sodus, NY (or Oswego), for Kingston, Ont. She left port in good weather, but in three hours was in the midst of a terrible gale. She sprang a leak, capsized and foundered after fighting the storm for five hours. At first all but 2 were thought to be lost [4 crew plus captain痴 wife and five children] , but in 1927 Capt. John W. Smith, her skipper, died in Harrah, OK, after confessing that he had escaped the wreck and fled to the U.S.

Sold Canadian after 1914.

registered out of Kingston

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : mmgl,ns2,h,mv,is(2-90),win,osdo,mpl,rp,do

 

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H. MARSH

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mat

Build info : 1838, H. Trebout, Cleveland

Specs : 55x16x6, 48 t. om

Date of loss : 1840, Nov 20

Place of loss : mouth of Milwaukee R.

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : lumber

Detail : This small schooner was driven ashore in a gale and broke up, a total loss. Her crew was able to swim ashore. Out of Cleveland.

Sources : hr,wl,nsp,wls

 

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JOHN A. MARSH

Other names : none perhaps built as LIVERPOOL, renamed before '55. Some sources call her JANE ANN MARSH

Official no. : C

Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood

Build info : 1848, Collins, Port Hope, Ont.

Specs : 171 t.

Date of loss : 1883, Oct 22

Place of loss : somewhere off Charlotte, NY

Lake : Ontario

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 4

Carrying : light

Detail : She was bound Montreal for Fair Haven, NY in tow of tug CARIBOO with PACIFIC, EUGENE and one other. The tow was broken up in a gale and MARSH collided with PACIFIC. MARSH drifted away with distress signals flying, but was never seen again. Owned by Vetal Pardee of Montreal

Major repairs in 1857

Sources : nsp,clu,hgl,rsl not in mmgl


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PHINEAS S. MARSH

Other names : none

Official no. : 19679

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast

Build info : 1867, G.W. Jones, Black River, OH

Specs : 177x31x13, 543g 516n

Date of loss : 1896, Aug 26

Place of loss : near Crisp Point, MI

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : limestone blocks

Detail : She was driven in by a storm and struck bottom. Her crew took to the rigging as she sank, from whence they were rescued by the Lifesaving Service. MARSH broke up soon after and was declared a total loss Aug 30. Owned by Jos. Doville of Cleveland. Master: Capt. Wm. Sommerville.

Sunk in the Straits in the fall of 1869 and again in 1886.

Major repairs in 1880, 83.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : nsp,lssc,lss,gwgl,h,mv,wb,hgl


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SARAH ANN MARSH

Other names : also seen as SARAH ANN NASH

Official no. : C

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast

Build info : 1854, Collins, Port Hope as a bark

Specs : 126x24x11, 261 t.

Date of loss : ca. 1874

Place of loss : at Owen Sound Ont.

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none?

Carrying : ?

Detail : Heavily damaged in a storm and laid up at Owen Sound. In 1877 a party of people from Owen Sound bought her and planned to bring her back up to snuff for use, but before the project was finished she was burned by arsonists, July 25, 1880.

Bound Oswego for Toronto Nov 27, 1872, she was driven ashore and expected to become a total loss at Weller's Bay, Ont. Owned at that time by Dodge & Co , Belle Ewart, Ont

Sources : nsp,wmn,wl

 

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MARSHALL - See also CHIEF JUSTICE MARSHALL


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J.D. MARSHALL

Other names : none

Official no. : 76964

Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight

Build info : 1891, South Haven, MI

Specs : 155x34x12, 532g 428n

Date of loss : 1911, Jun 11

Place of loss : off Michigan City, IN

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm/stowage

Loss of life : 4

Carrying : iron pigs and machinery

Detail : Her cargo shifted in a moderate blow, causing her to turn turtle and sink. Four divers were arrested for stripping her of artifacts in 1978.

She was built for J. C. Pereue and the lumber trade.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : mv,ns2,lmdc,mv,nsp,mpl


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JOHN MARSHALL

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : paddle (sidewheel) steamer, wood

Build info : 1839, Perrysburg, OH

Specs : 98x16x7, 108 t. [om]

Date of loss : 1844, Oct 18

Place of loss : SE of Stoney Point

Lake : Ontario

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : passengers

Detail : Bound Kingston, Ont., for Oswego, she was driven ashore by a gale and later pounded to pieces. Her passengers were mainly immigrants [one source says 50 Mormons].

Out of Oswego, NY

Rebuilt and enlarged at Henderson, NY, in 1844.

Sources : nsp,rp,hgl,lhl,wl


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AGNES E. MARSILLIOT

Other names : built as brig TOM CORWIN. Often seen as A. E. MARSILLIOT

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1840, Charleston, OH

Specs : 88x21x8, 129 t.

Date of loss : 1860, Sep 24

Place of loss : 7 mi below Port Stanley.

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 2

Carrying : none

Detail : She had recently been purchased in a crippled condition by her skipper, after being damaged by a fire near Holland, MI, in the fall of 1859. Her skipper/owner thought she could be safely sailed to Port Burwell, since the weather was fine. Enroute she was struck by a freak storm, turned turtle and sank. Master: Capt. Sam Burger(d). Some reports say she was out of Cleveland [Galliand & Dawes], while others say she was owned in Canada [Mahlon Millard.

Rebuilt in 1857 and renamed.

Sources : hgl,sagl,nsp, wl


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MARTHA

Other names : none

Official no. : 206883

Type at loss : propeller steam fish tug, wood

Build info : 1909, Milwaukee

Specs : 36x12x5, 20g 15n

Date of loss : 1933, Dec

Place of loss : near Michigan City, IN

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : (storm)

Loss of life : 4 [all]

Carrying : none

Detail : She capsized and sank with all hands. Owned by Steve Ceskowski, out of Chicago.

Sources : lmdc,mv


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MARTIAN

Other names : built as propeller MARS, renamed in 1913

Official no. : C216581

Type at loss : propeller, steel, bulk freight [US#93123]

Build info : 1901, Detroit Shipbuilding, Wyandotte, MI hull # 139

Specs : 346x48x28, 3728g 2948n

Date of loss : 1927, Dec 9

Place of loss : Hare Island, Thunder Bay

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : ?

Detail : ashore and wrecked, she was later raised, but there is some confusion over her disposition. Most sources say she was a constructive total loss at this point and never ran again until the hulk was finally scrapped in 1937. Other sources say she ran a few more years, then lay idle until the '37 scrapping.

Rebuilt, 1923 Sold Canadian, 1913 [CSS].

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : is,h,ns4,mv,lss,mmgl,win


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C.C. MARTIN

Other names : none

Official no. : C116670

Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood

Build info : 1906, 12-mile Bay, Ont. [near Midland, Ont.]

Specs : 71x16 ft., 78 t.

Date of loss : 1911, Aug 21

Place of loss : off Key Harbour, Georgian Bay

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : sank

Loss of life : 10 [all]

Carrying : none

Detail : Towing barge ALBATROSS(qv), she was probably dragged down when the barge sank unexpectedly. Her crew apparently had enough time to build a substantial raft and drifted for some time before they perished. Registered out of Midland, Ont.. Master: Capt. George Vent(d).

Sources : nsp,slh,h,www,mmgl,win


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D.R. MARTIN

Other names : none

Official no. : 6134?

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast

Build info : 1857, Quayle & Martin, Cleveland

Specs : 138x30x12, 326g 310n

Date of loss : 1904, Nov 3

Place of loss : Devil's Island, Georgian Bay

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : (storm)

Loss of life : none

Carrying : ?

Detail : Went ashore and wrecked. 47 years old at the time of her loss. Owner: probably L. S. Sullivan, Toledo.

Ashore and in danger of wrecking near Presque Isle, Lake Huron in late November of 1857. Spent the winter in place and recovered in May of the next year. She was so badly holed that she was filled with cedar posts to prevent her from sinking as she was towed in.

Foundered near Milwaukee pier in Sep, 1893.

Rebuilt in 1883

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : mv,eas,ns1,nsp,polk,hr


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J.B. MARTIN

Other names : none

Official no. : ?

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1858 or 68, J.M. Jones, Detroit

Specs : 385 t.

Date of loss : 1869, Nov 5

Place of loss : northeast of Presque Isle, Mich in 15 fathoms of water

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 10 [all]

Carrying : wheat

Detail : Bound Milwaukee for Buffalo in one of the biggest gales of the century, she passed the Straits of Mackinac on the 4th and was never heard from again. She was located by a diver in March, 1871 and salvage was attempted. Out of Milwaukee, owned by J. Herrick & Son of New York. Master: Capt. Thomas Lord(d).

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : slh,nsp,hgl,mpl,mdwl, not in mv,mmgl,rsl


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JESSIE MARTIN

Other names : none

Official no. : 76212

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1881, Footlander, Muskegon, MI

Specs : 68x17x6, 42g 40n

Date of loss : 1908, Aug 20

Place of loss : 6 miles off Ludington, MI

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none of 2

Carrying : hardwood lumber

Detail : She stranded and went to pieces in gale. Her two crewmen were taken off by the LSS in a powered lifeboat and taken to Ludington, while the schooner was left to break in two and drift ashore. Out of Ludington.

Capsized during salvage from beach near Grand Haven in Nov of 1882 with loss of one life.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : nsp,mv,phgl,h,lmdc,mpl,rp,wmn


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JOHN MARTIN

Other names : none

Official no. : 12793

Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood

Build info : 1857, Quayle & Martin, Cleveland

Specs : 102x19x9, 132g 83n

Date of loss : 1890, Jul 26

Place of loss : Georgian Bay off Hope Island

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : mechanical failure

Loss of life : none

Carrying : Towing 2 barges laden with ice

Detail : Bound Midland, Ont. for Buffalo with the schooners HAYES and MOTT, she foundered in deep water when her sternpipe broke. Her crew was rescued by the HAYES. Owned by Rochester Transportation Co. of Buffalo, NY.

Rebuilt in 1881, and 1889

Sunk in a collision with the schooner NABOB in May of 1863, while she had the Canadian schooner BRITISH LION (qv) in tow.

Sources : mv,slh,lhl,hgl,mpl,wl,rsl,es3-2,nsp


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JOHN MARTIN

Other names : none

Official no. : 75717

Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood, 3-mast, bulk freight

Build info : 1873, Quayle & Martin, Cleveland

Specs : 220x34x14, 938g 891n

Date of loss : 1900, Sep 22

Place of loss : at Ft. Gratiot, MI

Lake : St Clair R

Type of loss : collision

Loss of life : 4

Carrying : iron ore

Detail : She collided with the big steel bulker YUMA and sank quickly. She had been in tow of the steamer GROVER and apparently sheered and was struck and demolished. The wreck was in 40 feet of water about 100 feet from the American side and it and the hulk of the FONTANA(qv), on the other side, made the channel very narrow. Owned by M. A. Bradley, Cleveland, who abandoned her immediately as a total loss so that she might be removed quickly. Master: Capt. James Lawless(d).

Sources : nsp,slh,ns1,h,mv


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MARIA MARTIN

Other names : none

Official no. : 16433

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast

Build info : 1866, Quayle & Martin, Cleveland as a bark

Specs : 175x33x13, 568g 540n

Date of loss : 1906, Nov 22

Place of loss : off Detroit

Lake : Detroit R

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : ?

Detail : She broke her layup moorings in a storm and was blown upriver, finally jamming under the Belle Isle Bridge with heavy damage. Owner: Capt. John Dorrington, Detroit. Declared a constructive total loss, but she was later returned to a berth in Malden, Ontario, for use as a breakwater. This never came to pass, however, and the hulk was left in Callam痴 Bay to rot. In 1935 a dyke built near Bois Blanc Island (Bob-Lo) changed the current and she began to make her way back into the channel. She was finally destroyed by explosives in July of 1935.

Stranded near Beaver I., L. Mich in fall, 1870, declared lost.

Major repairs in 1871,81,83,84. Re-rigged from a bark to a schooner in 1877.

A small tug of this name was built at Cleveland by James Harley in 1858.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : sagl,ns1,mv,nsp,mpl,ae


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S.K. MARTIN

Other names : built as prop CITY OF ST. JOSEPH, renamed 1888

Official no. : 126125

Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight

Build info : 1883, J.H. Randall, Benton Harbor as a passenger/package freight steamer

Specs : 153x28x11, 303g 241n

Date of loss : 1912, Oct 12

Place of loss : 3 miles off Harbor Creek, NY

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : coal

Detail : She sprang a leak in a gale and sank, but her crew made it to shore in her yawl. Owned by William J. Jock et al of Marine City, MI.

Converted from a passenger/package freighter to a bulker in 1888. She was one of the earliest vessels to be converted to a fore and aft cabin bulker.

Burned at Benton Harbor in 1883.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : mv,ns2,mv,ledc,phr,mpl,eas,ewe


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W.J. MARTIN

Other names : none

Official no. : C116664

Type at loss : propeller tug, wood

Build info : 1905, Midland, Ont.

Specs : 69x15, 86 t.

Date of loss : 1905, Nov

Place of loss : 12-mile Bay of Georgian Bay

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : stranded/fire

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : ?

Detail : She stranded and burned, no detail. Owned by C. C. Martin, Midland, Ont.

Sources : lhdc,mmgl,csv,do


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MARY MARTINI

Other names : none

Official no. : 90978

Type at loss : propeller, wood, passenger & package freight

Build info : 1877, F. Wheeler, W Bay City, MI hull# 1

Specs : 85x19x6, 91g 76n

Date of loss : 1885, Dec 23

Place of loss : Brule Pt., 13 mi E of Grand Marais, MN

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : navigational error

Loss of life : none

Carrying : misc cargo

Detail : She stranded in fair weather and became a total loss, but her passengers and crew were taken off by the Duluth tug T.H. CAMP. Enrollment surrendered at Duluth the 30th.

Out of Marquette.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : mv,vbs,lss,hgl,mpl


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RICHARD MARTINI

Other names : none - often seen as just MARTINI

Official no. : 56508

Type at loss : scow barge, wood, lighter

Build info : 1876, L. A. Holmes, Sebewaing, MI

Specs : 134x28x9, 266g 253n

Date of loss : 1905, Apr 23

Place of loss : just upriver from Belle Isle bridge

Lake : Detroit R.

Type of loss : hull failure

Loss of life : none

Carrying : street sweepings and dunnage

Detail : Suffered a massive hull failure while upbound in tow of the tug LORMAN. Sides fell open and deck caved in under a heavy load, sending her to the bottom quickly. The wreck was later dynamited to empty her, then towed to the "Grosse Pointe dump" and abandoned on June 20. Owned by Berry Co. of Detroit

Sources : nsp,vbs,mpl


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SELDEN E. MARVIN

Other names : none

Official no. : 115771

Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1882, Bailey Bros., Toledo as a 3-mast schooner

Specs : 175x33x12, 618g 588n

Date of loss : 1914, Nov 19

Place of loss : off Crisp Point, E of Grand Marais, MI

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 7(ca)[all]

Carrying : lumber

Detail : Tow of the lumber hooker C.F. CURTIS(qv) with ANNIE F. PETERSON (qv), she was caught in a terrific gale and separated from the others. All three vessels were lost, with the MARVIN being torn to pieces and sunk somewhere in this vicinity. Her wreckage was strewn on the beach all along this coast.

Owned by Edward Hines Lumber Co. of Chicago

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : nsp,lssc,lss,lol,mol,gwgl,sol,ns2,mv,mpl,eas


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SYLVANUS MARVIN

Other names : also seen as S. MARVIN, SYLVESTER MARVIN

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1842, Sam値 Farmin or Farnum, Milwaukee

Specs : 65x19x6, 65 gt. [om]

Date of loss : 1851, May 22

Place of loss : off Grand Haven, MI or Racine, WI

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : "lost"

Loss of life : 9

Carrying : ?

Detail : Foundered well offshore - probably midlake. Master: Capt. W. P. Denton. Probably out of Chicago.

Sources : is,hgl,mpl,hr,wl,wls


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MARY - See also MAJOR ANDERSON


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MARY

Other names : ?

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : about 1835

Specs : 40 t.

Date of loss : 1844, Oct 18

Place of loss : mouth of Saginaw Bay

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 5

Carrying : ?

Detail : She swamped and was abandoned in the mouth of the Bay in the year's biggest storm, her wreckage drifting ashore near at Bay D'or, 40 mi N of Goderich a few days later. Those who lost their lives were rescue volunteers heading back from the MARY in the sloop HURON CHIEF. The MARY was later recovered.

Sources : slh,is,nsp,hr,jm

 

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MARY

Other names : none

Official no. : C none

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1852, Whitehall, Ont

Specs : 120 t.

Date of loss : 1856, Oct [late in month]

Place of loss : near Vermilion, Oh

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 11 [all]

Carrying : block stone

Detail : She foundered in a gale, a total loss of $6000. Owned by William Anglin or Anglian of Kingston.

Sources : wmn,blu[1856],wl not in mmgl


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MARY

Other names : ?

Official no. : C none

Type at loss : schooner, wood (3-mast)

Build info : (1848, L. Shickluna, St. Catharines)

Specs : (112 t.)

Date of loss : 1859, Aug 17

Place of loss : at Oswego, NY

Lake : Ontario

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : grain

Detail : Caught fire from a burning grain elevator while she was tied to a dock. The dock, the elevator and the MARY were destroyed.

Sources : nsp,is,rnc not in mmgl


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MARY

Other names : often seen as MARY OF DETROIT

Official no. : 50620

Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood

Build info : ?

Specs : 28 nt

Date of loss : 1870, Oct 17 (1860 also given, but 70 is correct)

Place of loss : Cleveland near the lighthouse

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 4 [all]

Carrying : stone

Detail : Bound Kelley's Island for Cleveland, she struck a pier in a gale, broke up and sank. Her skipper had sailed from Kelley's Island into the storm despite entrreaties by his brother, who had had a premonition that something dreadful was about to happen to the scow. The vessel was later raised and MAY have been rebuilt. Homeport: Detroit. Owned by Martin L. Peterson, who had just paid the last installment of her purchase price of $600.

Noted in 1872 Merchant Vessels as "lost."

Sources : nsp,is,(hgl),rnc,mv


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MARY

Other names : none

Official no. : 16346

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1852, S. Little, Wilson, NY*

Specs : 62 t.

Date of loss : 1873, Oct 17

Place of loss : near Charlotte, NY

Lake : Ontario

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : limestone

Detail : Bound Port Stanley for Oswego with a heavy cargo of stone, she went ashore near Charlotte during a stormy night. By the next day she was breaking up. Registered out of Cape Vincent, NY, sailing out of Chaumont and also shown as owned by Shepard or Sheppard, Port Stanley.

Rebuilt at St. Catharines in 1859. Apparently went between US and Canadian registry several times.

*Also given as 220 t. schr b. 1868, Shickluna, St. Catharines This ves. was still operating in 1883

Sources : wmn,hgl,hr,wl

 

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MARY

Other names : none

Official no. : 16416

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1851, Lafrinier, Cleveland

Specs : 82 t. (94 t., om)

Date of loss : 1878, Sep 10

Place of loss : 25 mi out of Chicago

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 4

Carrying : wood

Detail : When she became waterlogged she was abandoned by the crew in her yawl, but neither boat nor crewmen ever made it to shore. Out of Chicago. Master: Capt. Frank Bartlett.

Sources : usls,mv,rsl,hr


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MARY

Other names : none

Official no. : C none

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1868, L. Shickluna, St. Catharines, Ont

Specs : 114x22x11, 232 t

Date of loss : 1895, Oct 6

Place of loss : opposite Muir's Dock

Lake : St. Clair R

Type of loss : collision

Loss of life : none

Carrying : lumber camp supplies

Detail : In tow of the tug KITTY HAIGHT with the barge ITASCA, she collided with the steamer PARKS FOSTER, capsized in Northeast Bend and sank. A misunderstanding of signals was blamed for the accident. In January the Corps of Engineers advertised to have the wreck removed as an obstruction to navigation, and she may have been raised and put back into service, as a tug was working on bringing her up in May of '96.

Out of Sarnia, owned by Harriett Millard

Sources : st,nsp,wmn,wl

 

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MARY

Other names : none

Official no. : C74378

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1877, G. Harker Garner, Merriton, Ont.

Specs : 84x20x7, 87g 87n

Date of loss : 1905, Nov 6

Place of loss : East of Oswego

Lake : Ontario

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 4 [all]

Carrying : coal

Detail : Bound Fair Haven, NY, for Napanee under command of her owner Andy Baird, she was caught in a terrific storm. She was last seen off Oswego driving eastward under bare poles. Some wreckage of her was later found floating near Galloo Isl. Out of Napanee. Master: Capt. Andrew Baird, Jr.(d).

Sources : nsp,tfgl,mmgl


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MARY

Other names : none

Official no. : 90910

Type at loss : propeller, wood, passenger & tug

Build info : 1876, Brooks, Milwaukee

Specs : 71x13x6, 36g 22n

Date of loss : 1910

Place of loss : 18 mi from S. Chicago

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : none

Detail : Foundered in a gale.

Sources : mv,lmdc


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MARY ALICE

Other names : none

Official no. : C

Type at loss : scow-sloop, wood, 1-mast

Build info : 1866, Jerry Duprey, River Ruscom, [Windsor], Ont.

Specs : 62x18x5, 51 t.

Date of loss : 1884, Jul 14

Place of loss : unreported

Lake : St. Clair

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : wood

Detail : This little carrier was capsized by a squall. The tug HERCULES went to her assistance, but was unable to rescue her. Most of her cargo was recovered, however.

Out of Windsor, Ont., owned by Edw. Walsh

Ordered off the registry in 1902.

Sources : nsp,wl,mmgl

 

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MARY ALICE B

Other names : built as QUINTUS, renamed BONANKA in 1962, renamed LOMAX in 1972, last name in 1975

Official no. : 289405

Type at loss : propeller tug, steel

Build info : 1931, Marine Iron & Shipbuilding, Duluth as a U.S. Army C of E tug

Specs : 62x17x6, 46g 31n

Date of loss : 1975, Sep 5

Place of loss : 4 mi off Pt. Sanilac, MI

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : foundered

Loss of life : none

Carrying : none

Detail : She had been working on the salvage of the sunken steamer MONROVIA (qv) for most of the summer and was returning to Detroit in tow of the tug DOLPHIN I when she was found to be leaking, and two pumps were placed aboard. As she reached the point shown she began to founder. Her crew was picked up and she was cutloose from the tow vessel. She foundered soon after. Owned by Peter Bill and Associates, Detroit. Wreck discovered in 1992, upright and intact, in 92 feet of water.

Built for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and served on the Great Lakes for her entire career until sold private in 1962.

Sources : jby,hcgl,bbr,jad

 

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MARY AMELIA

Other names : none

Official no. : 50611

Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood

Build info : 1865, Bedford, Port Huron, MI

Specs : 85x24x7, 99g 90n

Date of loss : 1899, Oct 11

Place of loss : halfway between Bar Pt. & Det. R. mouth, near Bob-Lo Island

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : collision

Loss of life : none

Carrying : light

Detail : Foundered as a result of a collision with the schooner SELKIRK, which happened due to a passing error by the MARY痴 wheelsman, and became a total loss. Master and owner: Capt. Geo. Van Camp. A few weeks later the Canadian government took steps to have her removed, and she was towed around Bar Pt. and out of the channel.

Sources : phr,mv,polk,wl,nsp,ea


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MARY AND LUCY

Other names : also seen as MARY ANN LUCY

Official no. : C77773

Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1855, Roderick Calkins, Cleveland [US# 17571]

Specs : 94x23x7, 113gc/nc*

Date of loss : 1879, Sep 4**

Place of loss : shore of Chantry Isl. near Southampton, Ont.

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 3

Carrying : pine lumber

Detail : She was driven into the shallows and wrecked by the action of waves. Four crewmen from the steamer MANITOBA attempted to take her crew off, but their yawl capsized and 3 of them were lost. Out of Goderich, Ont. Owned by Sims, et. al.

Sold Canadian, 1879, after wrecking near Goderich.

*Original measurements - rebuilt and enlarged at Algonac, MI, in 1866.

**also given as Nov.

Sources : mv,mmgl,tfgl,slh,is,h,lhdc,phr,win,rsl,nsp


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MARY ANN

Other names : built as IDA, renamed in 1866

Official no. : 16856

Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood

Build info : 1855, St. Catharine's Ont.

Specs : 52 t.

Date of loss : 1870, Jul 1

Place of loss : at Marblehead, Oh

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : stone

Detail : She arrived at Marblehead, her destination, and came to anchor off shore. A sudden squall tore her from her moorings and she went ashore, where she was quickly pounded to pieces. A few days later her outfit was salvaged, but the vessel was a total loss, financially ruining her owner and skipper, Capt. Henderson.

Rebuilt in 1869.

Sold U.S. before 1860.

Sources : nsp, rsl,hgl,hr


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MARY ANNA

Other names : also seen as MARY ANN

Official no. : C71146

Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood

Build info : 1877, Buffalo

Specs : 48x9, 10 t.

Date of loss : 1882, Sep 8

Place of loss : near Tobermorey, Georgian Bay

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 2

Carrying : none

Detail : This little rafting tug foundered while attempting to make Tobermorey harbor for shelter from a Lake Huron storm. Her skipper and engineer drowned. The vessel was recovered the following year and totally rebuilt at Wiarton, becoming the tug MINNIE KIDD.

Owned by Joseph Kidd, Dublin, Ont.

Sold Canadian in 1877.

Sources : hgl,slh,rp,csv


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MARY D

Other names : none

Official no. : 90992

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1877, D. Dutcher, Sebewaing, MI

Specs : 81x19x5, 52g 51n

Date of loss : 1901, Aug 30

Place of loss : 17 mi N of Sand Beach USLS station

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : lumber

Detail : She sprang a leak in a NW gale and was abandoned by her crew after she filled. The Pte. Aux Barques Lifesaving Service crew pulled out to her and were able to get her into Sand Beach with the help of the tug JONES, but she was apparently stripped and abandoned. Document surrendered at Port Huron Sep 30, 1901, annotated "Total loss off Pte Aux Barques, 9-1-01."

Rebuilt and lengthened in about 1887.

Sources : phr,vbs,mv,wes,nsp


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MARY ELIZABETH

Other names : none - sometimes seen as MARY AND ELIZABETH

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1836

Specs : 52x15x5, 34 t.

Date of loss : 1846, Sep

Place of loss : near Green Bay, Wis.

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : ?

Detail : She went ashore in a storm and was reported a month later as broken up. Probably out of Detroit.

Sources : wmn,hgl,wl

 

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MARY FRANCES

Other names : none

Official no. : C33549

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1848, L. Shickluna, Prescott, Ont. (1851 also given)

Specs : 91x20x9, 96 t.

Date of loss : 1865, Jul

Place of loss : near 鼎hervell in the vicinity of Rondeau, Ont.

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : (storm)

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : ?

Detail : 展recked, and a total loss of about $2,600.

Major repairs several times.

Sources : mmgl,hgl,rsl,nsp


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MARY HATTIE

Other names : none

Official no. : 16458

Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood

Build info : 1866, Summerfield, New Baltimore*, MI

Specs : 106x24x8, 141 t.

Date of loss : 1889, May 30

Place of loss : near Whitestone Point, MI, lower Saginaw Bay

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : lumber

Detail : She lost her sails and began to sink in a storm. Her crew took to the rigging as she went down and were rescued by the Tawas Point Lifesaving Service crew. Owned by Capt. McKay of Port Huron

Went ashore and declared a total loss near Forestville, MI, in 1888.

*place of build also given as New Liverpool, MI

Major repairs in 1881 and 82

Sources : mv,slh,nsp,phr,jb,hr


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MARY JANE

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1856, Hill & Ohlson, Sheboygan, Wis

Specs : 98 t. om

Date of loss : 1857, Nov 16

Place of loss : 12 mi N of Chicago

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : lumber

Detail : Driven back by a gale while attempting to make Chicago harbor, she was eventually abandoned by her crew and went ashore, where she broke up.

Another MARY JANE, a schooner, was reported wrecked and a total loss at Chicago, Dec 22, 1857. She capsized off the harbor entrance after being denied entrance by a heavy northeaster. Out of Manitowoc. [nsp only]

May be the vessel of this name reported sunk at Toronto in 1855.

Sources : nsp,hgl,wmhs,wmn


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MARY JANE

Other names : none

Official no. : 90077*

Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1867, P. Metori, Bangor, Mich

Specs : 60x18x4, 33 t.

Date of loss : 1876, Sep (5)

Place of loss : near Kettle Point

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 9 [all]

Carrying : lumber

Detail : Left Pinconning, Michigan, for Toledo Sep 2 and was seen off Port Austin two days later. October papers reported that she had gone down of Kettle Point. Besides the captain and two crew, the captain's wife, four children and sister-in-law were aboard. Listed in 1884 Merchant Vessels as "lost or otherwise out of service" Out of Port Clinton, Oh

*Official number changed from 17298 to 90077 between 1869 and 1872.

Sources : mv,wmn,wmhs,nsp,vbs

 

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MARY JANE

Other names : none

Official no. : C ?

Type at loss : bark, wood, 3-mast (maybe schooner)

Build info : 1862, L. Shickluna, St. Catharines Ont.

Specs : 142x26x12, 345 t.

Date of loss : 1881, Nov 19

Place of loss : Long Point Cut, near Port Rowan, Ont.

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 9

Carrying : telegraph poles

Detail : Bound Port Hope. Ont. for Erie, PA., she was driven ashore by a storm and broke up. The first known of her fate was when wreckage washed ashore near Dunkirk, NY, on the 20th. Owned and sailed by Capt. Flanagan and others of Toronto.

Ashore on Long Point in the fall of 1863 and not recovered until the following spring.

Another MARY JANE (US#90077) is shown in 1884 Merchant Vessels as "lost or otherwise out of service."

Sources : mmgl,clu,h,ledc,usls,es,nsp


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MARY KAY

Other names : built as PAYDAY II, renamed CAPT. G.H. SMITH or SWIFT in 1987

Official no. : 275121

Type at loss : propeller diesel tug, steel

Build info : 1957, Franklin, LA

Specs : 55 ft., 35 t.

Date of loss : 1988, Sep 1

Place of loss : Just west of Oswego, NY

Lake : Ontario

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none of 2

Carrying : none

Detail : She had just been purchased by new owners in N. Weymouth, MA, and was enroute there from Rochester, NY, when caught by a following gale. Nine-foot waves swamped her fantail and washed down her hatchways. She filled, listed and sank quickly. The U.S.C.G. out of Oswego saved her 2-man crew.

She was previously owned by International Barge Lines and had been on the lakes, stationed at Port Weller, Ont., since July of 1987.

Sources : net,mpl


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MARY L.

Other names : none

Official no. : 92661

Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1895, White Lake, Mich

Specs : 51x17x5, 30g 27n

Date of loss : 1910, Jul 30

Place of loss : Sturgeon Bay, Wis

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none [no one aboard]

Carrying : ?

Detail : Burned to a total loss. Out of Milwaukee

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : mv,hr,tbrc

 

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MARY LYDIA - See M. J. CANFIELD


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MARY MARGARET

Other names : also seen as MARGARET MARY

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1852, Chicago

Specs : 51x18x5, 39 gt. [om]

Date of loss : 1854, Nov 9

Place of loss : 20 miles off Milwaukie [later Milwaukee]

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : lumber

Detail : Bound for Chicago, she was caught in a gale, filled and capsized. The crew clung to the heaving wreck for four hours until rescued by the schooner MAGIC.

On May 30, 1853 she capsized between Muskegon and Grand Haven in heavy weather. Four crewmen were trapped below and drowned, while the captain and mate held on for 60 hours until picked up by a passing ship. The hulk was towed in two weeks later. Master: Capt. Bergh.

Sources : is,hgl,nsp,hr,wls


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MARYLAND

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : brig or schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1844, Fairport, Oh.

Specs : 99x23x9, 188 t.

Date of loss : 1854, Dec 3

Place of loss : bet. Ashtabula and Conneaut, Ohio

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : ?

Detail : She was driven ashore in a big, general gale, along with a number of other vessels. She pounded to pieces and became a toal loss of $7,000. Owned by H. N. Gates, Cleveland. Master: probably Capt. John Pomeroy.

Sunk at Fairport in 1845; ashore near Long Point Cut in 1848; aground in Sandusky Bay in 1853.

Sources : nsp,wl,wmn,wmhs

 

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MARYSBURG

Other names : built on the hull of the 1854 schooner JAMES LESLIE also seen as MARYSBURGH

Official no. : C none

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1870, J. Tait, Marysburg, Ont.

Specs : 99x22x9, 150 t.

Date of loss : 1881, Oct 31

Place of loss : near Port Union, Ont.

Lake : Ontario

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : prob none

Detail : She went ashore and wrecked, a total loss.

Also in trouble on Pt.Pelee in 1871, and damaged in a collision off Braddock's Point, Lake Ontario, in the spring of 1876. Master: Capt. Sullivan.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : clu,mmgl,win,nsp,rp,wl


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MARYSVILLE

Other names : built as propeller NORMANDIE, renamed in 1920

Official no. : 130655

Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight

Build info : 1894, P. Thrall, Green Bay, WI

Specs : 160x35x11, 567g 430n

Date of loss : 1928, Jun 25

Place of loss : mouth of Belle River, Marine City, MI

Lake : St Clair R

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : ?

Detail : She burned to the waterline and sank at the mouth of the river. She had been tied up at a dock when she caught fire.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : sol,ns3,mv,mpl,eas


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MASON - see also GOVERNOR MASON


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JANE MASON

Other names : none

Official no. : 76139

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1880, J. Huxtable, Sand Beach, MI

Specs : 60x15x6, 33 t.

Date of loss : 1889, Oct 30

Place of loss : as AuSable, MI

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : 35,000 brick

Detail : Coming into the harbor in a storm, she veered to avoid the inbound tug BARRETT, towing the disables schooner SEA BIRD. She went on a sandbar and was soon pounded to pieces. Owned by Betz of Tawas City and upbound from New Baltimore, Mich.. She broke in two quicky as was purchased for pennies on the dollar by a local salvager. Document surrendered at Port Huron 11/20/1890 annotated "wrecked, total loss."

Sources : mv,slh,phr,jb,aohs


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L.G. MASON

Other names : none

Official no. : 15325

Type at loss : sidewheel packet, woo

Build info : 1864, Kelley, Grand Rapids, MI

Specs : 122x17x5, 139g 117n

Date of loss : 1886, Oct 15

Place of loss : Saginaw River at Bay City

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none

Carrying : none

Detail : Burned to a total loss and sank at her dock at the Middle Grounds, where she was laid up for the night. Remains are still visible near Lafayette Bridge, Bay City. Out of E. Saginaw, owned by the "Saginaw Line" [English & Mahar]

Rebuilt, 1879

Sources : mv,slh,lsp,lhl,phr,hgl,mpl,nsp


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L. M. MASON

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1853, J. P. Arnold, Port Huron

Specs : 125x25x11, 340 t. om

Date of loss : 1861, Oct 22

Place of loss : near Presque Isle, MI

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none mentioned

Carrying : grain

Detail : She was driven ashore by a gale, along with at least 8 other schooners in the same vicinity. She was stripped and abandoned the following week, and presumably broke up.

Sources : nsp,hgl (shows Lake Ont.),hr


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MAGGIE MASON

Other names : none

Official no. : C83387

Type at loss : propeller ferry, wood

Build info : 1882, Alexander Coghill, Toronto, Ont.

Specs : 53x17x5, 56gc 38nc

Date of loss : 1893

Place of loss : Burlington Bay

Lake : Ontario

Type of loss : (storm)

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : none

Detail : Went ashore and broke up.

Sources : mmgl,csv,hgl


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NELLIE MASON

Other names : none

Official no. : 130221

Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood, 3-mast

Build info : 1882, Crosthwaite, E. Saginaw

Specs : 181x33x12, 554g 527n

Date of loss : 1905, Nov 13

Place of loss : Cleveland harbor

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : coal

Detail : Outbound for Alpena in tow of the steamer LANSING with the barge B.W. PALMER, she struck the breakwall and stranded. Not too badly damaged initially, but destroyed by a series of storms before she could be released. Master: Capt. J. B. Mitchell. Owner: F. W. Gilchrist, Alpena.

Stranded and burned on Observation Point, near Alpena in Oct, 1887, declared total loss and documents surrendered, but later refloated and rebuilt. Also had major repairs in 1883, 1895

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : nsp,slh,ns1,h,mv,ledc,phr,wb,mpl,eas,ade


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E.L. MASON - See ELLA G. STONE


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R.P. MASON

Other names : none

Official no. : 21877

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast

Build info : 1867, H. Pierson, Ferrysburg (Grand Haven), MI

Specs : 115x25x8, 155g 148n

Date of loss : 1915, May 30

Place of loss : 敵ouley痴 [Goully] Bay, N of Fayette, Mich

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : 2 [lost in the dock fire, not on the ship]

Carrying : sawmill gear

Detail : She was loading a cargo of sawmill equipment when she caught fire. She burned through her lines and drifted into the bay, where she was consumed down to the waterline. The dock and sheds were also destroyed. Some remains were reportedly still visible at low water as late as 1975. Owned by Dan Seavey, Goulais Bay.

Capsized and sank, drowning 5, in the Straits, Oct 15, 1871, during a salvage operation. The following summer she was raised and towed to St. Helena inverted by stuffing her hull with cedar posts to make her bouyant.

Ashore with heavy damage near Chicago in May of 1883.

Driven ashore and broke her back near Marinette, WI, May 2, 1905.

June 30, 1917 is also given as the date of her loss.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : ns2,nsp,usls,mpl,sip,eas,wgts


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MASSASAUGA

Other names : none

Official no. : 91332

Type at loss : propeller, wood passenger vessel

Build info : 1881, Hingston, Buffalo as a yacht

Specs : 94x16x6, 165g 136n

Date of loss : 1890, Aug 26

Place of loss : at Gibraltar, Mich

Lake : Detroit R

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none mentioned

Carrying : ?

Detail : Burned to a total loss. Owner: H. S. Dale.

Also shown as burned in 1888

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : phr,mv,hgl,hcgl,wmn


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MASSASOIT

Other names : built as schooner JESSE H. LINN, renamed in 1888

Official no. : 75605

Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1874, Linn & Craig, Gibraltar, MI

Specs : 189x34x16, 842g 800n

Date of loss : 1904, Nov 25

Place of loss : Niagara River, above the falls

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : stranded

Loss of life : none

Carrying : light

Detail : Stranded on the waterworks intake crib and sank. She was considered uneconomical to salvage, and was abandoned, then dynamited as a hazard to navigation in the spring of 1905. Her stranding and the subsequent blasting caused expensive damage to the water works and its crib. Master: Capt. Chas. Keenan.

Spent the winter of 1874-5 ashore, thought to be a total loss, but recovered in June of the following year.

Image as stranded from TBRC collection

Sources : nsp,sol,ns1,mv,eas


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MASSILON

Other names : none

Official no. : 16431

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast with foretop & topgallant sails*

Build info : 1857, Roderick Calkins, Cleveland as a bark

Specs : 130x26x12, 298g 278 n

Date of loss : 1876, Oct 19

Place of loss : 20 mi above Pte Aux Barques, MI

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : hull failure

Loss of life : none

Carrying : limestone

Detail : Bound Kelley's Island, on Lake Erie, for Chicago, she sprang a leak - probably from her heavy cargo - and went down in about 20 minutes. Her crew quickly abandoned her in her yawl and drifted for five hours until picked up by the tug VULCAN. Owned by James Corrigan, Cleveland Master: Capt. N. L. Sherwood.

*officially a schooner, but usually described as a bark.

Probably same vessel as wrecked in Sleeping Bear Bay in Dec, 1858.

Sources : slh,mv,ssb,hgl,nsp,rsl,jb


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JOSEPH G. MASTEN

Other names : none

Official no. : 13750

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast, bulk freight

Build info : 1867, Quayle & Martin, Cleveland as a bark

Specs : 186x34x13, 620g 590n

Date of loss : 1897, Dec 4

Place of loss : N of Two Rivers, WI

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : soft coal

Detail : She went ashore and wrecked just south of the lighthouse. She had been bound Lorain for Milwaukee and was dragged ashore when her tow steamer KEYSTONE was driven aground. At first it was thought she could be recovered, but she sank down in the sand until she was unsalvageable. Owner: Frank C. Goodyear or George L. Colwell.

Ashore with heavy damage on South Fox Is., Lake Michigan, in June, 1885.

Image as a bark from TBRC collection

Sources : h,mv,hgl,mpl,nsp


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I.U. MASTERS - See PHOENIX


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MATAAFA

Other names : built as propeller PENNSYLVANIA, renamed 1899

Official no. : 150810

Type at loss : propeller, steel, bulk freight

Build info : 1899, Cleveland Shipbuilding, Cleveland hull# 33

Specs : 430x50x29, 4775g, 3957n

Date of loss : 1905, Nov 27

Place of loss : Duluth harbor

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 9

Carrying : iron ore

Detail : Outbound from Duluth with the barge JAMES NASMYTH, she was unable to breast a terrific gale. She turned back, dropped the barge some miles out and tried to make the harbor. Her machinery failed and she was driven on the breakwater, where she broke in two. Heroic effort by Lifesaving Service saved the forward crew but those stranded on the after end froze to death within sight of a crowd gathered on the breakwater. Part of the giant Pittsburgh Fleet. Master: Capt. R. F. Humble.

Recovered, converted to auto carrier in '46, scrapped in '65

Image as wreck from Walter Lewis website

Sources : a&f,mol,gwgl,sol,is,h,ns1,nsp,mpl,eas


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MATERIAL SERVICE

Other names : none

Official no. : 228371

Type at loss : motor vessel, steel, bulk freight, self-unloading

Build info : 1929, L. Smith, Sturgeon Bay, WI hull# 253

Specs : 240x40x15, 1077g 736n

Date of loss : 1936, Jul 29

Place of loss : off S. Chicago lighthouse

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 15 of 22

Carrying : sand

Detail : Foundered in a heavy summer gale. Master: Capt. Charles Brown(d). She was a canal motor barge not designed for open-lake use. She had been designed for Chicago canal use and was low enough to go under most bridges without the raising of them.

MATERIAL SERVICE is the official name of the vessel. She was not offially removed from documentation until 1957.

Wreck lies in 31 ft of water, 2100 ft, 12 deg from Calumet harbor light.

Sources : glp,mv,s,sol,ns4,h,lmdc,mpl


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SAMUEL MATHER - See also CLIFTON


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SAMUEL MATHER

Other names : none

Official no. : 116142

Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight

Build info : 1887, Thos. Quayle's Sons, Cleveland

Specs : 246x40x19, 1576g 1287n

Date of loss : 1891, Nov 22

Place of loss : Off Pt. Iroquois, Whitefish Bay

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : collision

Loss of life : none

Carrying : 58,000 bu. wheat

Detail : She collided with the upbound package freighter BRAZIL in drizzly rain and sank in the early a.m. BRAZIL picked up her crew. She was a major loss of $176,000, going down in 300 feet of water 8 miles offshore. Home port: Cleveland owned by Pickands, Mather & Co.

Wreckage, in well-preserved state, was located by divers in 1978.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : mv,is(2-69),lss,lssc,gwgl,nsp,wb,hgl,sb,eas,hr


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SAMUEL L. MATHER

Other names : also seen as S. L. MATHER

Official no. : 23925

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1870, Nicholls, Vermilion, OH

Specs : 539 t.

Date of loss : 1877, Aug 9

Place of loss : 4 miles off Cat Head Point, near Leelanau, MI

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : collision

Loss of life : none

Carrying : iron ore

Detail : She was bound Escanaba for Cleveland with a heavy load. She collided on a dark, rainy night with the schooner MARY COPLEY, which was bound from Chicago on the opposite tack. She sank quickly in deep water, while COPLEY stood by and picked up her crew. Owned by C.P. Minch and Capt. Treuter of Cleveland. Treuter was also her master.

Sources : nsp,hgl,wl,mv,wgts

 

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MATILDA

Other names : none

Official no. : C

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info :

Specs :

Date of loss : 1839, Sep 15

Place of loss : near Point Traverse, Ont

Lake : Ontario

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 4 [all]

Carrying : ?

Detail : This little schooner went ashore in a gale near the wreck of the schooner NEW YORK(qv) from the same storm. Her master: Capt. Cameron(d), and all of her crew perished.

Sources : wmn,hgl,csqw


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MATILDA

Other names : none

Official no. : 50157

Type at loss : sloop-barge, wood

Build info : 1863, Auger, Montreal, PQ

Specs : 141x25x11, 298 t.

Date of loss : 1886, Dec 1

Place of loss : near Pine River, lower Saginaw Bay

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : wine and coal

Detail : Tow of the tug PETER SMITH, she was cut by ice and went down. in 35 ft of water off Pte. Au Gres. SMITH saved her crew. Bound Kelley's I., Lake Erie, for Saginaw. Owner: A. A. Pinet, Saginaw. Master: Capt. Crippen.

Former St. Lawrence R. river barge sold U.S. in 1866, and owned out of E. Saginaw.

Sources : nsp,phr,mmgl,slh,hgl,rsl


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MATOA

Other names : later GLENRIG(1923) and HUGUENOT(1926)

Official no. : 92204

Type at loss : propeller, steel, bulk freight

Build info : 1890, Globe Iron Works, Cleveland hull# 34

Specs : 290x40x24, 2311g 1836n

Date of loss : 1913, Nov 11

Place of loss : Port Austin Reef, mouth of Saginaw Bay

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : coal

Detail : a powerful vessel, she was driven aground by the "Big Storm" of 1913. Declared a total loss, she was later recovered & rebuilt at great cost.

Cut in two and reassembled on saltwater, 1915. Cut in two again and returned to Lakes as a Canadian in 1923. Scrapped in 1937 after a period of idleness.

Engraving from Walter Lewis website

Sources : gsgl,slh,lol,sol,h,mv


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MATTAWAN

Other names : none

Official no. : C71607

Type at loss : propeller, wood, freighter

Build info : 1874, Cantin, Montreal

Specs : 143x26x10, 348 t.

Date of loss : 1888, Oct 8

Place of loss