The Great Lakes Shipwreck File

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P.W.D. 114

Other names : ?

Official no. : C133941

Type at loss : barge, wood

Build info : ?

Specs : 103 t.

Date of loss : 1919, Oct 28

Place of loss : 11 mi ENE of Hamilton, Ont. near Oakville.

Lake : Ontario

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : ?

Detail : Foundered in a storm.

Built or acquired from foreign sources about 1914.

Sources : win,h not in mmgl


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P.W.D. 117

Other names : built as SIR WILFRID *, renamed in 1909

Official no. : C112186

Type at loss : dredge barge, composite

Build info : 1902, Polson Iron Works, Toronto

Specs : 108x37, 670gc 570 nc

Date of loss : 1952, May 29

Place of loss : at Port Stanley, Ont., near 鏑ighthouse Pier

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : mechanical failure

Loss of life : 2 of 12

Carrying : equipment

Detail : Foundered in the harbor after a brake on her dredge equipment broke off and plunged through her hull. She sank very quickly and her veteran skipper and a young fireman痴 helper perished. Numerous salvage efforts failed, and her registry was closed in January, 1954. Most of her metal has long since been salvaged, but some buried remains still exist at the site.

Out of Toronto, owned by Public Works Canada (撤.W.D. stands for 撤ublic Works Dredge). Usually attended by the tug HERCULES and based in Port Stanley. Master: Capt. John Howell (d).

On her maiden voyage to Montreal in October, 1902, she broke her boom in a storm and was lost from her tug, sinking in 65 feet of water, 8 mi W of Port Hope. No lives were lost. She was located in 1905 and recovered in 1907. Rebuilt at Polson痴, her registry was closed and she lay idle there until purchased by the Canadian government in 1909.

Largest of her kind when built. She was originally 96x37 ft, 399gc, enlarged when she was rebuilt in 1909.

*Name also reported erroneously as SIR WILFRID LAURIER.

Link to her story

Sources : h,ledc,win,nsp,go,mmgl,es,rwr


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FRED PABST

Other names : none

Official no. : 120784

Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight

Build info : 1890, Wolfe & Davidson, Milwaukee

Specs : 287x43x24, 2431g 1929n

Date of loss : 1907, Oct 11

Place of loss : off Point Edward, Ont.

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : collision

Loss of life : none

Carrying : coal

Detail : The upbound bulker collided with the propeller LAKE SHORE and sank at the head of the St. Clair R., near the Canadian side. In February of the following year she was raised by Reid Wrecking Co., and the hulk was laid up for rebuilding at Sarnia. This was never done and she lay sunken in the river until raised and converted to a floating drydock in 1920.

Image of vessel foundering from TBRC collection

Sources : hcgl,mv,ns1,bb

 

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PACIFIC

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1835, Oswego, NY

Specs : 80x20x8, 114 t. om

Date of loss : 1844, Oct 18

Place of loss : near Dunkirk, NY

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : 200-250 bbl salt

Detail : Bound Oswego for Cleveland, she was blown ashore and wrecked in the biggest gale of the year. Total loss.

Out of Oswego, sailed by Capt. Ford.

Sources : rp,nsp,hgl,wl,bb,jm


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PACIFIC

Other names :

Official no. : C none

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1836, John Robertson, Amherstburg, Ont

Specs : 61x17x7, 55 gc

Date of loss : 1864

Place of loss : ?

Lake : Ontario

Type of loss : (storm)

Loss of life :

Carrying :

Detail : No detail

Out of Montreal.

Rebuilt in 1849

May be the reporting of the stranding of the scow PACIFIC at Lexington, Michigan, Lake Huron, about May 14, 1864.

Sources : clu,hgl,mmgl(NAC)


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PACIFIC

Other names : built as SYPHAX, renamed about 1883

Official no. : 23836

Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood

Build info : 1865, Cleveland, OH

Specs : 29x9x5, 10g 5n

Date of loss : 1884, Aug 20

Place of loss : near Ashland, WI

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : explosion

Loss of life : 3

Carrying : none

Detail : Boiler explosion nearly destroyed this small tug. With his dying breath her engineer admitted he was carrying too much steam. Out of Houghton, owned by Union Mill Co.

Official opinion was that she would be a total loss, but she was recovered and rebuilt.

Lytle list reports her as abandoned in 1898.

Sources : mv,lhl,lss,polk,bb,nsp


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PACIFIC

Other names : none

Official no. : 19616

Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight*

Build info : 1864, Peck & Masters, Cleveland

Specs : 188x29x11, 766g 603n

Date of loss : 1887, Nov 16

Place of loss : near Deer Park, MI

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : low water

Loss of life : none

Carrying : lumber

Detail : She grounded on a shoal after leaving the dock, then was broken up by a gale on the 19th. Bound Deer Park for Michigan City, IN. The nearby Lifesaving Service took her crew off, and later returned for the captain's dog. Master: Capt. John Cassin. Owned by Cook & Wilson of Chicago

*built as a passenger/package freighter for Dean Richmond of Buffalo

major repairs in 1872, 1881 & 1887

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : mv,nsp,gwgl,lss,lssc,h,lhl,wb,hgl,mpl,rsl,eas,bb


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PACIFIC

Other names : none

Official no. : C85323

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

Build info : 1883, Owen Sound Dry Dock, Owen Sound, Ont.

Specs : 179x31, 918gc 624nc

Date of loss : 1898, Nov 3

Place of loss : Grand Trunk dock at Collingwood, Ont.

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none mentioned

Carrying : mixed freight

Detail : She caught fire at the dock and burned to a shell, despite a concerted effort to save her. Her dock and some surrounding warehouses were also destroyed in the blaze. She was later towed out into Georgian Bay and scuttled. Owned by Great Northern Transit Co.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : mol,slh,sol,h,lhdc,csv,win,mmgl,hgl,mpl,nsp


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ROBERT A. PACKER - See BATCHAWANA


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CHARLES B. PACKARD

Other names : built as prop ELFIN-MERE, renamed in 1902

Official no. : 135940

Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight

Build info : 1887, F. Wheeler, W. Bay City, MI hull# 35

Specs : 191x34x21, 1054g 796n

Date of loss : 1906, Sep 16

Place of loss : 7.75 mi NW of Pelee Passage light, in the 溺iddle Ground

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : coal

Detail : While driving on through a gale, she struck the wreckage of the schooner ARMENIA(qv) and foundered on Colchester Shoal. She had been bound for Chicago with the barge HAROLD in tow. Owner: J. A. Calbrick, Chicago. Master: Capt. J. McCaffery.

Almost totally destroyed by a fire at Green Bay in Nov, 1901. Completely rebuilt afterwards.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : glp,vbs,gsgl,sol,ns1,h,ledc,nsp,mpl,ew,ES


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JOHN A. PAIGE

Other names : built as P.F. THRALL, renamed before 1884

Official no. : 150215

Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood

Build info : 1881, Thrall, Green Bay, WI

Specs : 74x16x8, 52g 26n

Date of loss : 1892, Sep 6

Place of loss : off Siskowit R., WI

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none

Carrying : log raft

Detail : She caught fire while assembling a large raft of sawlogs and was burned to a total loss. The fire was thought to have been due to an overheated boiler. After making it to shore, her crew walked 30 miles to Bayfield, Wisconsin. Out of Marquette, owned by W. H. Singer, of Chicago. Master: Capt. D. Courlik?.

Sources : mv,gwgl,is,polk,lss,hgl,nsp


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JOSEPH PAIGE

Other names : none

Official no. : 75593

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

Build info : 1872, Wolf & Davidson, Milwaukee as a schooner

Specs : 190x32x12, 626g 595n

Date of loss : 1897, Dec 1

Place of loss : off Vermilion Point, MI

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none of 9

Carrying : iron ore

Detail : Outbound from Marquette in tow of the steamer H.B. TUTTLE, she was cast adrift and drove onto a reef. A patrolling Lifesaver spotted her and the Vermilion Pt. Lifesaving Service managed to take her crew off before she broke up, even though the USLS boat was smashed in a most difficult rescue. Master: Capt. Steven Rose. Owner: John Wedow, Cleveland.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : lss,gwgl,h,mv,phr,wb,hgl,mpl,nsp


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S.B. PAIGE

Other names : none

Official no. : 116335

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1863, Fowler, Oshkosh, Wis.*

Specs : 79x20x5, 47g 45n

Date of loss : 1907, Sep 10

Place of loss : off Sturgeon Bay, Wis

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : 30 cords shingle bolts

Detail : Caught by a gale, she dropped anchor and attempted to ride it out. Her hook failed to hold and the schooner was blown in to shallow water, where she was abandoned

Also wrecked on Green Bay in Jul, 1898, wrecked near Menominee in 1893.

*Fowler was a shipbuilder from Maine, and the vessel was reported rigged like a 電own east fishing schooner.

Sources : lmdc,mv,hgl,wgts,nsp


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L. PAINTER

Other names : none

Official no. : 15441

Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood

Build info : 1867, South Haven, Mich

Specs : 94 t.

Date of loss : 1877, Oct 17

Place of loss : 7 to 10 mi N of St. Joseph, MI

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : lumber

Detail : She was scuttled in a storm at Union Pier on the 15th, then raised and began her trip downbound again the following day. Struck by another squall off her homeport, she was stripped of her sails, deckload and much gear, and drove into shallow water, where her captain again scuttled her. Though it was thought she could be pulled off, she was given up for lost a few days later after the U. S. revenue steamer ANDREW JOHNSON unsuccessfully tried to save her. Master: Capt. W. R. Johnson.

Out of South Haven in 1872

Sources : nsp,mv,bcha,bb


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PAL

Other names : none

Official no. : 238189

Type at loss : propeller fish tug, wood, gas engine

Build info : 1938, Omena, Mich

Specs : 36x11x4, 17g 13n

Date of loss : 1947, Nov 18

Place of loss : off Pentwater, MI

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 3

Carrying : ?

Detail : Foundered in a gale. Her wreckage later washed ashore and was dismantled in place.

Out of Muskegon, owned by D. Loncar.

Sources : h,bb,mv


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PALESTINE

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1847, Black R., OH

Specs : 210 t.

Date of loss : 1853, Nov 23

Place of loss : 8 mi W of Rochester NY, in Braddock痴 Bay

Lake : Ontario

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : railroad iron

Detail : Bound Kingston for Cleveland at about the same time as the like-laden schooner ONTONAGON. Both vessels ran ashore, pounded heavily and sank. Both vessels also reported the same erratic variations in their compasses which caused them to strike the beach a few rods apart. [The same thing had happened in the same place to two other iron-laden vessels a few years previously.] The cargoes were removed and the ONTONAGON was pulled off on Dec 7, but PALESTINE was abandoned to break up in place.

Sources : nsp,hgl


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PALMBAY

Other names : built as prop PUEBLO, renamed RICHARD W in 1916, renamed PALMBAY in 1923

Official no. : C133822

Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight

Build info : 1891, Milwaukee Shipyard, Milwaukee hull# 33

Specs : 219x37x19, 1493 t.

Date of loss : 1926, Jan 16

Place of loss : Kingston, Ont.

Lake : Ontario

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none

Carrying : none

Detail : She burned at her winter layup dock. Thought to be rebuild-able, but finally scuttled in L. Ont. in 1937 without repair.

Sold Canadian in 1913, US Official no.150512

Rebuilt and shortened 7' in 1913. Originally 1349g 1054n

Image from TBRC collection

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


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E.B. PALMER

Other names : built as schooner LENNIE POWELL, later RICHARD MORWOOD(qv), renamed 1889

Official no. : 136094

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast

Build info : 1856, Waterbury, Port Dover [Welland,] Ont.

Specs : 138x26x10, 277g 268n

Date of loss : 1892, Nov 13*

Place of loss : off Middle Isl. or North Point Reef

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : stone

Detail : She stranded a week or so earlier and later broke up and sank in deeper water. Her crew was rescued by the U.S. Lifesaving Service. She had gone ashore in a NE gale - when the storm shifted to SE on the 13th, she was destroyed, despite a concerted effort to save her. Out of Marquette, owned by J. H. Gillett.

*date also given as Nov 28, but newspapers of the 15th report her breaking up.

Built Canadian, sold US as a wreck & rebuilt at Port Huron in 1889.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : stb,slh,h,lhdc,nsp,wb,hgl,mmgl,mv,usls,wl


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JULIA PALMER

Other names : none

Official no. : none

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

Build info : 1836, John Carrick, Buffalo, as a bark or full-rigged ship*

Specs : 108x26x11, 300 t. om

Date of loss : 1847, fall

Place of loss : W of Whitefish Point

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : ?

Detail : She ran out of fuel while battling a storm. The crew burned her furniture and woodwork, then she drifted for nearly two weeks before going ashore. Later recovered, converted to a dock facing.

Woodburning steamboats of this era consumed huge amounts of fuel in traveling the length of Superior, even in good weather. Palmer burned 100 cords of wood on that trip.

Converted to a steamer in 1839.

An 1873 Detroit Free Press article describes her as the first full-rigged ship built on the lakes, but she was actually the third, behind the ship MILWAUKIE (qv) launched a week earlier, and, reportedly, the ship (former steamboat) SUPERIOR (qv) of 1837.

Sources : lsp,lhl,lss,smfc,hgl,mpl,nsp,wl


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JULIA PALMER

Other names : none

Official no. : ?

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : ?

Specs : 280 t.

Date of loss : 1889

Place of loss : near Duluth

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : (storm)

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : ?

Detail : Ran aground and destroyed.

Not on usual lists.

Sources : is not in '84 mvus


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THOMAS W. PALMER - See also SAMOA


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THOMAS W. PALMER

Other names : none

Official no. : 145513

Type at loss : propeller, composite, bulk freight

Build info : 1889, Detroit Dry Dock, Wyandotte, MI hull# 90

Specs : 281x41x20, 2134g 1622n

Date of loss : 1905, May 16

Place of loss : off Stannard Rock

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : collision

Loss of life : none

Carrying : coal

Detail : She was rammed amidships and almost cut in two by the steel steamer HARVARD. HARVARD stayed in the hole she had caused until PALMER's crew made it aboard, then backed away, allowing PALMER to sink like a brick. The collision, which occurred in heavy fog, had jammed PALMER痴 whistle, which blew until she settled. Master: Capt. Geo. F. Stilthen. Owner: Wm. Livingstone, Detroit.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : atl,is(2-69),lss,gwgl,ns1,nsp,mpl


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WILLIAM P. PALMER - See SIDNEY E. SMITH


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PALMETTO

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1847, A. Wilcox, Three Mile Bay, NY

Specs : 113x24x10, 240 t. [om]

Date of loss : 1865, Oct

Place of loss : off Forestville, MI

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : (none)

Carrying : ?

Detail : She was reported ashore and a total loss.

Owned by Johnson, Chicago.

Went ashore in Whitefish Bay, WI, July, 1855.

Sources : slh,hgl,nsp,bb,rsl


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FRANCIS PALMS

Other names : also seen (erroneously) as PRINCESS PALMS

Official no. : 9749

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1868, T. Arnold, Marine City as a bark

Specs : 173x33x15, 560 t.

Date of loss : 1889, Nov 2

Place of loss : 3 mi NW of Gray's Reef, near Beaver Isl.*

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : iron ore

Detail : Bound Escanaba for Detroit, she was driven ashore and pounded to pieces in a westerly gale. Her crew was taken off by the tug GLADIATOR, which also pulled in vain to try to rescue the boat. Owned by Byron Whitaker & Son of Detroit. Master: Capt. Wilson.

*also reported as Simmons' Reef

Also wrecked on Long Point [L.Erie] Nov 3, 1874, and at Duluth in Nov, 1872.

Major repair in 1882, converted to a schooner in 1870.

Sources : mv,eas,slh,h,lmdc,nsp,wb,hgl,ssm,mpl


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PAMLICO

Other names : none

Official no. : 19615

Type at loss : brigantine, wood*

Build info : 1866, F N Jones, Buffalo as a schooner

Specs : 379 t.

Date of loss : 1880 or 81

Place of loss : Little Traverse bay

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : ?

Detail : Reported wrecked near Petoskey, but no reliable detail has been found. Owned by Prindiville Bros., Chicago.

She inaugurated a mini-trade from Chicago to Ireland in 1874 when she carried 25,000 bushels of grain there. The trip home was a fiasco. First she made it all the way to Labrador's coast before being heavily damaged in a gale and towed back to England by an English bark. After laying up for the winter and repairing she set out again, only to be damaged in another storm and forced to return for repairs again. She finally made it to the U.S. coast by early August, but encountered two more gales on the way to Chicago and didn't make it home until September 16, 1875, more than 16 months after starting out.

*In her second English repair job she was converted to a saltwater brigantine rig, and when she finally made it back to the lakes she was considered "unfitted for service" on them, so she was returned to the European trade.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : es,hgl,'71list,mv,nsp,wmn

 

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PANAMA

Other names : built as steamer JOHN CRAIG, renamed, 1904

Official no. : 76729

Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight

Build info : 1888, Linn & Craig, Trenton, MI hull# 34

Specs : 275x42x20, 2044g 1596n

Date of loss : 1906, Nov 21

Place of loss : Mineral Point, near Ontonagon, MI

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : coal

Detail : Upbound with schooner-barge MATANZAS in tow, she was found to be leaking in a gale. She was run to shore to prevent her sinking, but was then pounded to pieces by storm waves. Owned by Capt. James Davidson, of Bay City. Her engine went into a new Davidson steamer built at Buffalo in 1907.

Heavily damaged in an accident on Simmons Reef, Lake Michigan in Jun, 1903 as JOHN CRAIG, rebuilt.

Sources : nsp,gwgl,lss,is,ns1,mv,phr,sagl,mpl,eas,bb

 

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PANTHER
Other names : none

Official no. : C138004

Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight

Build info : 1890, Jas. Davidson, W. Bay City, MI hull# 35 US# 150497

Specs : 237x36x19, 1373gc 1118nc

Date of loss : 1916, Jun 27

Place of loss : off Whitefish Point

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : collision

Loss of life : none

Carrying : grain

Detail : She was rammed in dense fog by the steamer JAMES J HILL, which was kept running into the hole until PANTHER's crew clambered aboard. She sank quickly when HILL backed away.

Date also given as 6/26.

Wreck located in 1975.

Sold Canadian, 1916

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : is(2-69),vbs,mmgl,lssc,lss,gwgl,ns2,h,mv,csv,win,mpl


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PARAGON

Other names : ?

Official no. : 19688

Type at loss : schooner or schooner-barge, wood

Build info : 1852, Lamoree, Oshawa, Ont. as a brig

Specs : 212 t., 165 n.

Date of loss : 1868, Oct 19

Place of loss : 25 mi N of Sarnia, Ont.

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : storm/collision

Loss of life : 4 of 6 [2 passengers]

Carrying : lumber

Detail : Tow of the tug WILLIAM A. MOORE in company with 4 other barges, she ran into a gale and the tow was broken up. While MOORE was trying to regain her charges, she collided with PARAGON, causing heavy damage. Most of the crew abandoned ship and were drowned - the two survivors were rescued by the Canadian gunboat/tug PRINCE ALFRED. The schooner was later towed into Sarnia in a waterlogged condition, where she was allowed to sink and was abandoned. Out of Detroit.

Maybe her hull was later used to build the Canadian schooner KEEWAHTIN [1888], she was still lying abandoned in Bear Creek in 1879. She was later raised and rebuilt, and was in operation as PARAGON as late as 1882.

Rebuilt in 1863

Sources : hgl,mv,slh,st,rsl,nsp


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PARANA - She was a bark shown in several sources as lost in the fall of 1863 on Lake Huron, but actually was recovered with only slight damage. Also reported lost on Lake Michigan in Nov., 1875. Lasted until 1904.


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PARISIAN

Other names : also seen as PARISIEN

Official no. : C

Type at loss : fishing boat, wood

Build info : ?

Specs : ?

Date of loss : 1890, Apr 9

Place of loss : near Goderich, Ont.

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 3

Carrying : fishing gear

Detail : She had left Goderich with the rest of the fishing fleet that morning, but at about noon a heavy northeaster blew up. All of th fleet except the PARISIAN were able to make it back to the port with difficulty. Some wreckage was later found between Goderich and Bayfield. The three lost crew of the boat were the sons of her owner. Owned by D. Matheson, Goderich.

Sources : slh,nsp


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T.F. PARK

Other names : built as steamer PLOUGHBOY, renamed in 1864

Official no. : C none

Type at loss : sidewheel steamer, wood, pass. & package frt ferry

Build info : 1851, J. McDermott, Chatham, Ont.

Specs : 170x28, 450 t.

Date of loss : 1870, Jun 3

Place of loss : at Detroit

Lake : Detroit R

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : ?

Detail : She burned to the water's edge and sank, a total loss, at the dock near the Detroit and Milwaukee grain elevator. She was destroyed while she was being worked on to prepare her for running a passenger line between Port Stanley and Cleveland. The hull was later removed after being struck by several other vessels.

Image as PLOUGHBOY from TBRC collection

Sources : clu,nsp,sol,slh,csv,mpl,mmgl


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PARKDALE - See WILLIAM C. MORELAND


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A.A. PARKER

Other names : built as propeller KASOTA(qv) renamed in 1892

Official no. : 14428

Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight

Build info : 1884, Quayle & Sons, Cleveland, OH

Specs : 246x38x21, 1661g 1274n

Date of loss : 1903, Sep 19

Place of loss : off Grand Marais, MI

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : iron ore

Detail : She sprang a leak in a heavy gale. Lifesaving Service answered her distress signals and rescued 18 crew and 2 dogs just before she went down. She sank in 120 feet of water. Owned by Gilchrist Transportation Co. of Cleveland. Master: Capt. George S. White.

The wreck was located off Grand Marais in the summer of 2001.

Painting from TBRC collection

Sources : lssc,lss,is,gwgl,sagl,ns1,h,mv,nsp,mpl


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B.W. PARKER

Other names : also seen as BYRON W. PARKER

Official no. : 3473

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

Build info : 1890, Linn & Craig, Gibraltar, MI

Specs : 249x41x18, 1477g 1421n

Date of loss : 1905, Nov 13

Place of loss : off Cleveland

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : light

Detail : Tow of prop LANSING in tandem with NELLIE MASON(qv), she was overwhelmed by a gale and driven onto the west breakwater, where she sank. The crew saved themselves by leaping to the breakwater. The 3 boats had left Cleveland earlier that day, had fought the gale for several hours, then turned back. Owned by Gilchrist Transportation Co., Cleveland

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : eas,nsp,ns1,h,mv,mpl,es3-2,


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CHARLES W. PARKER

Other names : none

Official no. : 125222

Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood

Build info : 1873, John Gregory, Chicago

Specs : 67x15x7, 36gt 18nt

Date of loss : 1891, Oct 4

Place of loss : 2 mi N of Chicago

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : explosion

Loss of life : 3 crew, 4 bystanders

Carrying : none

Detail : This tug was destroyed by a boiler explosion after her flue collapsed. Several of those who died had gathered on shore to watch the PARKER and three other tugs attempt to pull the steamer S. E. PICKANDS off the bottom. Home port: Chicago. Master: Capt. James B. Carter(d).

Also heavily damaged by explosion Sep 22, 1879 and declared a total loss. 4 lives lost.

Major repairs in 1878, 1880

Sources : mv,h,usls,polk,nsp


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CLARA PARKER

Other names : none

Official no. : 4357

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast

Build info : 1865, J.M. Jones, Detroit

Specs : 175(oa)x29x12, 425gt 404nt

Date of loss : 1883, Nov 13

Place of loss : near mouth of the Pigeon R., S of Grand Haven

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none of 9

Carrying : corn

Detail : after fighting a losing battle with storm-incited leaks, PARKER was beached 400 yards offshore to save her. She was spotted by a small boy on a large horse who rode hastily to the U.S. lifesaving station at Grand Haven. The Lifesaving Service crew returned a few hours later and plucked her imperiled crew from the rigging by breeches buoy after she had gone down to her decks and was breaking up. Owned by John N. Lindgreen, out of Chicago, and bound for Collingwood, Ont. Master: Capt. Andrew Lewis.

Major repairs in 1875, 77

Sources : mv,h,lmdc,ssa,nsp,polk,hgl,usls,m&h


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ELLEN PARKER

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : brig, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1846, Chicago

Specs : 133x26x10, 333 t.

Date of loss : 1856, Nov 4

Place of loss : Manitou Islands

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : collision

Loss of life : none mentioned

Carrying : wheat

Detail : She had put into South Manitou earlier to repair damaged rigging and was just getting under way again when she collided with the schooner RAPID. She was steered for shore in a sinking condition to save her, but was soon after struck by the schooner ELDRED. She was an insurance loss of nearly $23,000. Out of Chicago. Her skipper was the famous Capt. David Dall.

Ashore near Buffalo in 1846 and again in 1849, and collided with the brig CUMBERLAND there in 1847. Struck by lightning near Point Peleee in 1855. At least five other accidents in her short career.

When built she was one of the largest sail vessels on the lakes.

Sources : nsp,wmhs,wmn,hgl,blu[56]

 

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GEORGE H. PARKER - See SALVOR


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GEORGE W. PARKER

Other names : built as prop L.G. POWELL renamed in 1921

Official no. : 141860

Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight "sandsucker"

Build info : 1903, A. Anderson, Marine City, MI

Specs : 105x27x6, 143g 121n

Date of loss : 1929, May 8

Place of loss : 6 mi S of Algonac, MI

Lake : St Clair R

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none

Carrying : ?

Detail : She was destroyed by fire and sank in the channel. Her crew escaped in the yawl.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : ns3,mv


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O.E. PARKS

Other names : none

Official no. : 155208

Type at loss : diesel propeller, wood, lumber hooker

Build info : 1891, Elliott, Saugatuck, MI as a steamer

Specs : 134x28x11, 393g 289n

Date of loss : 1929, May 3

Place of loss : off Thunder Bay Isl., MI

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none of 9

Carrying : lumber or pulpwood

Detail : On her first trip with her new diesel engine, she was struck by a storm. The engine went out of balance and shook her seams open. She filled and sank.

Rebuilt from steamer to barge in 1928, converted to diesel, winter of 1928-9.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : rkr,stb,slh,ns3,mv,mpl,eas


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CHAS. STEWART PARNELL

Other names : none

Official no. : 126483

Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight

Build info : 1888, Detroit Dry Dock, Wyandotte, MI hull #86

Specs : 256x39x20, 1740g 1293n

Date of loss : 1905, Nov 29

Place of loss : off Squaw Isl., Beavers

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none

Carrying : coal

Detail : Bound for Chicago, she caught fire and was destroyed on Thanksgiving Day. She later sank. The crew abandoned her in yawl, 6 miles from shore, and were later picked up by the prop HARLEM. Owned by M.J. Cummings of Oswego, NY. Master: Capt. William Griffin.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : atl,nsp,ns1,mv,mpl


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PARROTT

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1834, Ashtabula, OH

Specs : 43x12x3, 20 t. om

Date of loss : 1835, May 19 or 20

Place of loss : somewhere west of Ashtabula, OH

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : (storm)

Loss of life : 6 [3 crew and 3 passengers]

Carrying : iron, glass, whiskey, hogs on deck

Detail : Sailed for Detroit on the 19th. The next day many of the hogs swam ashore and later a lot of gear from the boat drifted to the beach. It was presumed she foundered, but no storm is mentioned. Master: Capt. Thomas Booth(d).

Enrolled to a new owner at Cleveland the previous day [18th].

Sources : nsp,wl


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B. PARSONS

Other names : none

Official no. : 2420

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1856, B. Parsons, Vermilion, OH

Specs : 218 t.

Date of loss : 1883, Jul 17

Place of loss : at Charlevoix, MI

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : ?

Detail : She struck the north pier while entering the harbor in a southwest gale and sank athwart the channel. The hulk blocked passage into the harbor for two weeks until it broke up sufficiently to allow vessels to pass. The tug S.S. COE towed it 1/2 mile down the beach and abandoned it in December.

Owned by McGraw of Sheboygan, WI.

Major repair in 1863

Sources : wl,mv,polk,hgl,nsp


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JOHN S. PARSONS

Other names : none

Official no. : 76999

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast

Build info : 1891, Chaumont, NY

Specs : 93x21x9, 123g 117n

Date of loss : 1913, Nov 24*

Place of loss : off Fair Haven, NY [near Oswego]

Lake : Ontario

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : ?

Detail : Tow of steamer FRANK D. PHELPS, she foundered in a gale.

Converted to a propeller in 1895, later back to a schooner.

*date also given as Nov 29

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : eas,ns2,sol,is,mv,osdo


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PHILO PARSONS

Other names : none

Official no. : 19678

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

Build info : 1861, C. Hinman, Algonac, MI

Specs : 221 t.

Date of loss : 1871, Oct 8

Place of loss : Chicago River

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none

Carrying : at dock

Detail : Burned to total loss in the Chicago Fire. She burned so completely that her remains were not located in the Chicago River until 1876, near Ogden's Canal in the North Branch of the river. She was raised the next year and the hull tied up at Ogden's Canal. In Aug, 1880 she was finally towed to a boneyard north of Chicago's north pier and abandoned.

She was the vessel commandeered by Confederate raiders in a plot to capture the iron gunboat U.S.S. MICHIGAN during the Civil War [Lake Erie], and later scuttled by them at Sandwich, Ont.

Her engine came from the burned steamer JOHN OWEN (qv).

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : is(3-58,1-59,1&2-64),lhl,hgl,mpl,rsl,nsp


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THOMAS PARSONS

Other names : none also seen as THOMAS PARSON

Official no. : 24666

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1868, G. Hardison, Charlotte, NY

Specs : 135x26x13, 350g 333n

Date of loss : 1891, Sep 28

Place of loss : a few miles off Fairport, OH

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : coal

Detail : Bound from Ashtabula to upper lakes in tow of the prop NASHUA, she foundered in a storm. She became a total loss of about $6,000. Her crew made it to shore safely. Owned and commanded by Capt. John Mullins, Buffalo.

Also sank at Sarnia, Ont., in 1882; ashore for several weeks and declared a total loss on Lake Michigan in October, 1874.

Sources : mv,nsp,is,slh,wb,hgl,sb,mpl,rp


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PARTHENON - See ROBERT McDONALD


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PASADENA

Other names : none

Official no. : 150465

Type at loss : barge, wood, bulk freight

Build info : 1889, Quayle & Sons, Cleveland as a prop bulk freighter

Specs : 250x40x13, (1761g 1468n*)

Date of loss : 1906, Oct 8

Place of loss : near Upper Entry to Keweenaw Waterway

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 2 of 10

Carrying : coal

Detail : Bound for Superior, WI, she was in tow of the steamer GLADSTONE when she went out of control in a gale. Her skipper had her towline cut, but she was thrown against a pier and wrecked, pounding to pieces in a few hours. Eight crew made it to shore on wreckage. Owner: M. A. Bradley, Cleveland.

*dimensions as steamer

Converted from propeller steamer to barge in 1905

Image as a steamer from TBRC collection

Sources : is,gwgl,ns1,h,mv,nsp,lss,mpl,eas


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PASSAIC

Other names : none

Official no. : 19691

Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight

Build info : 1862, Mason & Bidwell, Buffalo, NY as a passenger vessel

Specs : 198x28x11, 532g 412n

Date of loss : 1891, Oct 31

Place of loss : near Dunkirk, NY

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : lumber, 4 consorts in tow

Detail : She foundered in a heavy gale after springing a leak. Her crew made it to one of her barges - the HATTIE - in her yawlboat. It was at first reported that she had gone ashore, but she went down four miles offshore and six miles west of Dunkirk. She had in tow the barges ELMA, SUPERIOR, HATTIE and B. W. JENNESS, more than 1,500 gt total. Owned by C. C. Blodgett, Detroit Master: Capt. Canartney. She was one of the last remaining externally 殿rch-braced wooden steamers operating on the lakes.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : mv,h,ledc,polk,lhl,wb,hgl,sb,mpl,eas,ewe,nsp


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A.D. PATCHIN

Other names : none

Official no. : none

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

Build info : 1846, J.M. Keating, Truago [Trenton], MI

Specs : 226x29x14, 873 gt. [om]

Date of loss : 1850, Sep 27 [often seen in error as 1853]

Place of loss : Skillagalee Reef*

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : navigational error

Loss of life : none

Carrying : general merchandise

Detail : Though believed to be on course, she was driven 2-3 miles out of line by a current and stranded on Skillagalee Reef. At first not much damaged but thoroughly stuck, she was pounded regularly by a stormy fall and finally broken up by a storm in late November after over two months of concerted efforts to save her.

*Also known at this time as "Sunken Island"

Also stranded in a fog and wrecked N of Racine, Jun 11, 1848.

Re-engined with the powerplant from the wrecked steamer MISSOURI (qv) in the winter of 1849-50.

Drawing from TBRC collection [Louden Wilson]

Sources : eas,lhl,slh,csv,hgl,ssm,nsp,bb,wl,bc


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PATHFINDER

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : bark, wood, 3-mast

Build info : 1847, Weeks, Oswego

Specs : 140 ft, 325 t.

Date of loss : 1855, Nov 3

Place of loss : off the Chicago breakwater

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none of 9

Carrying : 1377 bars RR iron

Detail : Sank off the breakwater in a gale while attempting to come into harbor through the south channel. Missed the channel and came to anchor, where she sank up to her decks and later was reported dismasted and going to pieces. Crew were taken off by the schooner E.C.L. in her yawl. Owned by M. Merrick & Co., Oswego.

Image of model from TBRC collection

Sources : nsp,hgl,bb,rp,wl

 

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PATHFINDER

Other names : none

Official no. : 20290

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast

Build info : 1869, Campbell & Owen, Detroit

Specs : 188x31x14, 634 gt 603nt

Date of loss : 1886, Nov 18

Place of loss : near Two Rivers, WI

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : iron ore

Detail : She went into the shallows, broke in two and sank so far from deep water that it was deemed impossible to refloat her. The steam barge JOHN H. PAULY removed her outfit and brought it to Milwaukee on the 20th. Owned by J. Pauley, Milwaukee.

Major repairs in 1872,79.

Sources : nsp,hgl,polk,mv,wl,es,whs


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PATHFINDER

Other names : built as the tug JOHN A. CRAWFORD, renamed in 1887

Official no. : 12770

Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood

Build info : 1863, Banta, Chicago

Specs : 69x16x9, 38g 19n

Date of loss : 1895, Sep 1

Place of loss : near Duluth

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : collision

Loss of life : 1

Carrying : none

Detail : She collided with a rival line痴 tug MEDINA while competing with her for the tow of the steamer JOLIET. Both tug skippers were arrested for the death of a fireman and lost their licenses over the matter. Owned by Inman Tug Line, Duluth She was later recovered and rebuilt, though she had been cut nearly in two.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : gwgl,h,mv,lhl,lss,rsl,nsp


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A.J. PATMORE - See B.B. McCOLL


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GRACE PATTERSON

Other names : none

Official no. : 85634

Type at loss : propeller, wood, tug & frieghter

Build info : 1880, J. Callister, Grand Haven

Specs : 111 t.

Date of loss : 1882, Mar 15

Place of loss : Two Rivers Point, WI

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : stranded/fire

Loss of life : none

Carrying : lumber & lath

Detail : Stranded broadside to the beach, then caught fire and destroyed. Lifesavers rescued her crew. The big tug LEVIATHAN, assisted by other tugs, tried in vain to pull her off. Owned by John Patterson, Manistee.

Still listed in some later sources (polk,mv).

Sources : gwgl,h,lmdc,polk,hgl,usls,nsp


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PAUGASSET

Other names : also seen in error as PAUHASSET

Official no. : none

Type at loss : propeller, wood

Build info : 1847, Luther Moses, Ohio City, OH

Specs : 140x22x10, 325 t.

Date of loss : 1856, Aug 23

Place of loss : at Dunkirk, NY

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none

Carrying : empty [had just finished unloading]

Detail : Caught fire at a dock at Dunkirk and was cut loose to save the dock after the fire got out of control. Drifted to near the breakwater and burned to water痴 edge. Owned by the Dunkirk, Cleveland, Sandusky & Toledo Line out of Sandusky. Master: Capt. Sissons. Underwriters paid $6,000 on the loss - equivalent to about $200,000 today.

Sources : hgl,lhl,nsp,wl,eas, blu[1856]


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JOHN H. PAULY

Other names : built as prop THOMSON KINGSFORD renamed in 1886

Official no. : 145223

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

Build info : 1880, J.E. Riley, Oswego, NY as a passenger/package freighter

Specs : 116x23x9, 185g 132n

Date of loss : 1906, Aug 10

Place of loss : at Marine City, MI

Lake : St Clair R

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none

Carrying : ?

Detail : She caught fire at Marine City and burned through her lines, then drifted 3 miles downstream before beaching near Port Lambton Ont., and burning out. Owned by her skipper, Capt. J. Marsbero of Marine City, but he was not aboard at the time.

As KINGSFORD she was sunk at Belleville, Ont. by collison with the steamer SAXON in 1882. Raised and rebuilt as PAULY.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : eas,osdo,ns1,mv,nsp,rp


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PAULINA

Other names : ?

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : ?

Specs : ?

Date of loss : 1818, Nov

Place of loss : mouth of Grand R., OH

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : ?

Detail : Stranded and pounded to pieces.

Sources : is


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PAULINE - See EDWARD E. SKEELE


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PAWNEE - See MAPLEGULF

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PAYDAY II - See MARY KAY


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WILLIAM PEACOCK

Other names : none

Official no. : none

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

Build info : 1829, Steward and Bidwell, Barcelona or Portland, NY

Specs : 102x19x7, 120 t.

Date of loss : 1835

Place of loss : near Ripley, OH

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : (storm)

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : ?

Detail : Broke up, no detail.

On Sep 17, 1830 she suffered the first major boiler explosion on Lake Erie. Lying at dock at Buffalo, she blew up, killing 15 to 30. Rebuilt 2 years later. Reportedly suffered another boiler explosion on Lake Erie in 1832.

Sources : sol,is,le,ledc,lhl,hgl,wl,eas,bb


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PEARL

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1847, Toledo, Oh

Specs : 151 t. om

Date of loss : 1855

Place of loss : E. Sister Reef

Lake : Erie*

Type of loss : (storm)

Loss of life : none mentioned

Carrying : wheat

Detail : Wrecked on a reef, no detail.

*location also given as E Sister Reef, Georgian Bay

Sources : slh,ledc,hgl,bb


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PEARL

Other names : built as ABSALOM SHADE, renamed in 1871

Official no. : C none?

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1857, H. Marlton, Goderich, Ont

Specs : 71x17x8, 72 gc

Date of loss : 1871, 3rd week of April

Place of loss : near Napanee, Ont.

Lake : Ontario

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none mentioned

Carrying : ?

Detail : She was driven ashore and wrecked, a total loss.

Out of Napanee

Rebuilt, 1864

Sources : nsp,rsl,mmgl,hgl,clu,wl


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PEARL

Other names : ?

Official no. : ?

Type at loss : scow or scow-schooner, wood

Build info : (1867, Slighter, Fairport, OH)

Specs : ?

Date of loss : 1882

Place of loss : Whitefish Point

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : "wrecked"

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : ?

Detail : no detail

Perhaps scow PEARL that went ashore on Lake Erie in 1874 and again in 1875 (US#50438).

Possibly the Canadian scow built 1868, R. Davis, Battersea, Ont. 81 t. Out of Napanee in 1882.

Sources : lssc,lss,(mmgl),clu,wl


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HIRAM PEARSONS

Other names : also seen as H. PEARSON

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1838, Samuel Ellis, Chicago*

Specs : 71x21x8, 97 t.

Date of loss : 1849, Oct 6

Place of loss : at Calumet, Ill.

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : lumber

Detail : She was driven ashore in a storm and came to rest "between the two Calumets." She broke up quickly, and a vessel agent sent out from Chicago to find her located only her bedraggled crew, camping on the beach. Owner: Norton & Co., Chicago.

*May have been built from the hull of the 1832 schooner COMMERCE [built Black Rock, NY]. Her first document shows her as a steamboat, but the document was not completed.

Sources : wmhs,wmn,nsp

 

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EDWARD S. PEASE

Other names : built as Canadian prop CALIFORNIA(qv)*

Official no. : 136025

Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight

Build info : 1873, Hamilton, Ont.

Specs : 168x26x19, 716g 442n

Date of loss : 1904, Nov 24

Place of loss : at Collingwood, Ont.

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none

Carrying : coal

Detail : She caught fire while unloading and burned to a shell. The hull was later repaired and used for a barge.

She capsized and sank off AuSable, MI in Jun, 1889, on her first trip after being rebuilt from CALIFORNIA. Owned by C.E. Benham of Cleveland

Two were killed in a fire which swept her in December, 1891, at Cleveland.

*See CALIFORNIA for earlier accident.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : slh,is,ns1,h,mv,csv,mmgl,nsp,win,mpl


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FRANK H. PEAVY - See WILLIAM A. REISS


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E. M. PECK

Other names : none

Official no. : 7490

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1857, Peck & Masters, Cleveland

Specs : 111x26x9, 228 t. om

Date of loss : 1868, Apr 13

Place of loss : off Chicago

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 8

Carrying : lumber

Detail : She capsized in a squall. Speculation at the time was that she had struck the reef four miles off Racine. The vessel was found floating 7 miles off Kenosha a week later, was taken in tow and brought to Kenosha, and then pulled to Chicago for repairs. Master: Capt. Robert Anderson(d). She was let go to sink in Chicago harbor May 4, with the intent that she would be towed in later, but was reported by the harbormaster as an obstruction to ship traffic early in June.

Sources : bb,wl,hgl,nsp,wls


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W. L. PECK

Other names : none

Official no. : 72781

Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood

Build info : 1873, P. Morgan, Carrollton, MI

Specs : 154x32x10, 361g 343n

Date of loss : 1891, Oct 5

Place of loss : 15-18 miles NNW of Ashtabula

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none of 6

Carrying : 700 t. coal

Detail : Bound Buffalo for Bay Mills, Mich., and Fort William, Ont. in tow of the prop ONEIDA, she sprung a leak in a heavy gale. After her crew worked t he pumps for 12 hours she began to founder rapidly. The ONEIDA dropped her hawser and rounded in about in the gale, taking PECK's crew off in a skillful maneuver. The barge went down in about 75 feet of water. Owned by Pinett Bros. of Saginaw.

On May 8, 1885 she was reported as a total loss after striking a pier and sinking at Harbor Beach, Mich. She had been in tow of the tug THOMAS QUAYLE.

Sources : vbs,slh,hgl,mv,nsp


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HENRY PEDWELL - See EASTNOR


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PEERLESS - See MUSKEGON


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PEERLESS

Other names : none

Official no. : C

Type at loss : bark, wood, 3-mast

Build info : 1852, M. Simpson, Dumbarton, (Ont.) or Bronte

Specs : 106x22x9, 172 t.

Date of loss : 1857, Aug 23

Place of loss : at Dunkirk, NY

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : staves

Detail : She was beset by a powerful storm and waterlogged above Long Point. She was abandoned by her crew and later drifted ashore at the location shown, pounding to pieces against the breakwater.

May have been U.S. owned a t the time of loss - insured by Oswego and Philadelphia companies.

Sources : hgl,bb,wmn,nsp,bb

 

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PEERLESS

Other names : none

Official no. : C ?

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1855, Melancthon Simpson, Oakville, Ont. as a brig

Specs : 103x25x10, 181gc 181nc

Date of loss : 1883, Sep 27

Place of loss : 12 miles off St. Peter (Pt. Petre?)

Lake : Ontario

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : iron ore

Detail : Bound Belleville, Ont., for Cleveland, she fought against a gale for a full day and had lost part of her canvas when she was found to be leaking. She was abandoned by her crew after 3 hours at the pumps, and went down in deep water. Out of Hamilton, Ont, owned by Capt. Jas. Savage, her skipper.

Rebuilt in 1866 by Shickluna and again in 1881.

Sources : nsp,hgl,mmgl,wl


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PEG

Other names : ?

Official no. : C ?

Type at loss : tug, wood probably fish tug

Build info : ?

Specs : ?

Date of loss : 1878

Place of loss : on Cockburn Isl., North Channel

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : "wrecked"

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : ?

Detail : no detail

Sources : slh not in mmgl, clu


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PELICAN

Other names : none

Official no. : 20415

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1872, J.P. Clark, Detroit

Specs : 205x35x14, 813g 772n

Date of loss : 1893, May 16

Place of loss : a short distance off Ashtabula, OH

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 4

Carrying : iron ore

Detail : She was wrecked offshore while riding out a storm at anchor. The survivors were rescued by the tug SUNOL.

Missing for a week after a Lake Superior storm in Nov, 1891. Finally found sheltering and repairing damage.

Major repair in 1882

Sources : mv,ledc,polk,nsp,wb,lss,hgl,mpl


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JAS. H. PELLETT

Other names : none

Official no. : 162507

Type at loss : barge, steel, bulk freight

Build info : 1905, Buffalo Shipbuilding, Buffalo

Specs : 170x36x15, 346g 296n

Date of loss : 1943, Jul 2

Place of loss : in harbor at Cleveland

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : (hull failure)

Loss of life : none

Carrying : ?

Detail : She sank in the harbor. One source says she was lost in 1939. Owner: Kitchen, Cheboygan, Mich.

Officially retired from lakes service in 1937.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : h,mv,ns4


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CHARLES E. PENDELL

Other names : built on the hull of burned tug STAR No. 2*

Official no. : 125773

Type at loss : propeller tug, wood

Build info : 1879, J. Robarge, E. Saginaw, Mich

Specs : 57x13x6, 29g 14n

Date of loss : 1887, Oct 8

Place of loss : 2 mi W of Whitefish Pt.

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : none

Detail : While gathering logs she was caught in a deadly nor'wester and driven ashore. She was broken in two and almost completely pounded to pieces by October 20th.

Out of Cheboygan, Mich

*(US#23574), b. 1862, E. Saginaw and burned in the Saginaw R. in 1879

Sources : vbs,hgl,bb,wmn

 

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DORCAS PENDELL

Other names : none

Official no. : 157124

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast

Build info : 1884, P. Rappelyea, E. Saginaw

Specs : 148x31x11, 408g 389n

Date of loss : 1914, Jul 6*

Place of loss : near breakwater at Harbor Beach, MI

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : storm/fire

Loss of life : none

Carrying : ?

Detail : She was driven hard ashore in the "Big Storm" of Nov 8-13, 1913. She remained jammed in place until she caught fire and was destroyed the next summer, probably due to an overheated shipkeeper's stove.

*Also given as Jan 5

She was reportedly in poor condition when she went ashore.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : eas,vbs,mv,slh,ns2,phr


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PENELOPE

Other names : none

Official no. : 150582

Type at loss : propeller tug, wood, fishing

Build info : 1892, S. Langell, St. Clair, MI as a yacht

Specs : 74x14x9, 54g 35n

Date of loss : 1909, Dec 19

Place of loss : シ mile off Avon Point, OH

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none of 3

Carrying : none

Detail : Bound for St. Clair, MI, for layup, she was discovered to be ablaze in her foc'sl. After fighting the fire during a run for shore, her crew finally abandoned her in her smallboat and made their way to shore. The tug grounded in shallow water, where she burned to the waterline. Owned by A. H. Langell of Cleveland and skippered by Capt. Chas. Inches.

Sources : gmw,nsp,eas,ew


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PENINSULA

Other names : none

Official no. : none

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

Build info : 1849, P. Lester, Vicker's Landing [Marysville], MI

Specs : 155x22x11, 355 t.

Date of loss : 1854, Nov 15

Place of loss : Sawtooth Reef, near Eagle R., MI

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : gen. mechandise, including a quantity of blasting powder.

Detail : She was unloading cargo when a gale hit. She backed away from the dock but broke her propeller shaft, becoming helpless, being then driven on the reef and destroyed by wave action. Owned by McKnight痴 Lake Superior Line and sailed by Capt. McKnight (often referred to in the press as 鼎ol. McKnight.)

Portaged around the Soo in 1853.

Parts of her were still visible on shore as late as June, 1958.

Sources : is(2-60),slh,mh,lsp,ks,lhl,lss,nsp,eas,bb


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WILLIAM PENN

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : sidewheel steamer, wood

Build info : 1826, Erie, PA

Specs : 214 t.

Date of loss : 1836, May 28

Place of loss : near Erie, PA

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : (storm)

Loss of life : none

Carrying : ?

Detail : She stranded and was pounded to pieces.

Hgl says she was dismantled in 1837.

Sources : lhl,is,hgl,eas


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WILLIAM PENN

Other names : none

Official no. : C none

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1840, Calvin, Cook & Co., Garden Isl., Ont.

Specs : 88x18x9, 123 t.

Date of loss : 1856, May

Place of loss : below Point Pelee

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : ?

Detail : Ashore and wrecked. No detail available.

Sank in a white squall in 1851.

Capsized off Cleveland in July, 1853 after springing a leak. Crew drifted for 3 days until picked up by the sidewheeler MISSISSIPPI.

See also MARION M. BRECK

Sources : sagl,hgl,nsp,mmgl,clu,blu


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GEORGE PENNIMAN

Other names : none

Official no. : 86301

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1894, C. Dutcher, Sebewaing, MI

Specs : 93x20x6, 84 t.

Date of loss : 1903, Nov 6

Place of loss : near Duck Islands

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : (storm)

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : ?

Detail : Little detail. Document surrendered at Port Huron 6/03/1904, annotated "total loss, Duck Islands, 11-03."

Date also given as 1902, location near Alpena, but she was recvered from that accident..

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : phr,vbs,wmn


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PENNSYLVANIA - See MATAAFA


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PENNSYLVANIA

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1836, Three Mile Bay, NY

Specs : 90 t.

Date of loss : 1844, Oct 18

Place of loss : off Barcelona, NY or Point Abino

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 10 [all]

Carrying : flour, whiskey, etc.

Detail : Downbound from Cleveland for Buffalo, she capsized in a gale and later foundered. Flotsam came ashore all along the coast, but it was unknown what vessel had gone down until wreckage with 撤ennsylvania painted on it washed ashore near Dunkirk. Master: Capt. Barnard(d).

Sources : hgl,nsp,bb,jm


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PENOBSCOT

Other names : none

Official no. : 150193

Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight "sandsucker"

Build info : 1880, Rand & Burger, Manitowoc as a schooner

Specs : 129x27x9, 285g 299n (257g 244n)*

Date of loss : 1925, Aug 19

Place of loss : off Marine City, MI

Lake : St Clair R

Type of loss : collision

Loss of life : none

Carrying : ?

Detail : She collided with an unknown vessel and sank in shallow water. She was later removed from her perch, but deemed a constructive total loss. One source says she was destroyed by fire, but maybe scrapped by burning.

*tonnage as a schooner

Converted to a steambarge in 1908.

Not officially abandoned until 1929.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : sol,ns3,mv,phr,mpl,eas,hcgl


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PENOBSCOT

Other names : none

Official no. : 150705

Type at loss : propeller, steel, bulk freight

Build info : 1895, F. Wheeler, W. Bay City

Specs : 454x44x23, 4077g 3503n

Date of loss : 1951, Oct 29

Place of loss : in harbor at Buffalo

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : 2 of 29

Carrying : light

Detail : This big freightercollided with gasoline barge MORANIA #130, in tow of tug DAUNTLESS #12(qv,both). The barge exploded, causing a terrfic explosion and fire. 10 men were killed on the three vessels. Master: Capt. Louis F. Guyette. Owner: Nicholson Transit Co. Her forward end was so heavily damaged that she was thought to be a total loss, but was later rebuilt, lasted 'til 1963.

Lengthened 102' in 1906. Equipped as an auto carrier from 1926-43.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : nsp,smgl,is,ns5,vbs


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PENSAUKEE - See also JAMES G. BLAINE


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PENSAUKEE

Other names : none

Official no. : 150057

Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood

Build info : 1875, T. Spears, Pensaukee, WI (Little Sturgeon Bay)

Specs : 52x14x6, 34g 17n

Date of loss : 1902, Jun 5

Place of loss : Cleveland harbor

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : collision

Loss of life : none

Carrying : none

Detail : The barge AURORA, in tow of the tug LUTZ, broke her towline while rounding a bend in the Cuyahoga, went out of control and rammed this tug at her dock, where she was in for repairs, cutting her in two. Master: Capt. Sweeney. Owner: Independent Tug Line, Cleveland. Later in the month the harbormaster ordered the hulk removed as an obstruction to navigation.

Watterlogged by a storm and scuttled to save her near Sand Beach, MI, Lake Huron, in September of 1885.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : is,mv,polk,nsp,usls


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PENTLAND

Other names : none

Official no. : 150656

Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight

Build info : 1894, D. Robertson, Grand Haven

Specs : 193x35x14, 827g 618n

Date of loss : 1928

Place of loss : Port Colborne, Ont.

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : collision

Loss of life : none

Carrying : ?

Detail : She collided head-on with breakwall and was damaged beyond repair. May have been recovered later, but was not registered after this date.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : ns2,mv,mpl


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PEORIA

Other names : none

Official no. : 19668

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1854, A. Gilman, Black R., OH

Specs : 112x24x9, 167g 159n

Date of loss : 1901, Nov 12

Place of loss : near Bailey's Harbor, WI

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : hardwood lumber

Detail : Bound East Jordan, Michigan for Chicago she was blown ashore and wrecked. Her crew was rescued by the Bailey痴 Harbor Lifesaving Service crew. She was a total loss. Probably owned by M. J. Bonner, St. James, Beaver Island.

Also wrecked and declared a total loss in the 鄭LPENA Storm, Oct 26, 1880.

Image from TBC collection

Sources : ns1,h,lmdc,mv,nsp,mpl,wgts


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PERE MARQUETTE - See ROBERT C. PRINGLE


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PERE MARQUETTE 3

Other names : built as F.&P.M. No.3 renamed in 1901

Official no. : 120677

Type at loss : propeller, wood, pass & pkg frt break-bulk carrier [NOT a carferry]

Build info : 1887, Detroit Dry Dock, Wyandotte, MI hull# 77

Specs : 190x33x12, 925g 678n

Date of loss : 1920, Mar 7

Place of loss : off Ludington, MI

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : ice

Loss of life : none

Carrying : $100,000 worth

Detail : Caught in a ice field in February, a change in wind shifted the pack and caused her hull to be crushed. Her crew was able to step out her gangway and walk to PERE MARQUETTE 18(qv), standing by. The railroad saved almost all of her cargo and gear before ice opened up and she sank. The hull was later raised, but found to be beyond repair and abandoned.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : atl,glc,is,sol,ns3,mv,lmdc,mpl,eas


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PERE MARQUETTE 4

Other names : built as F.&.P.M. No. 4 renamed in 1901

Official no. : 120719

Type at loss : propeller, wood, pas & pkg frt break-bulk carrier [NOT a carferry]

Build info : 1888, Detroit Dry Dock, Wyandotte, MI hull# 89

Specs : 187x35x12, 941g 680n

Date of loss : 1923, May 15

Place of loss : off Milwaukee

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : collision

Loss of life : none

Carrying : gen frt

Detail : Bound Ludington for Milwaukee, she collided almost bows-on with the carferry PERE MARQUETTE 17 in a passing error and was heavily damaged. Towed into Milwaukee by the ferry, but soon declared a constructive total loss. The hull was used by a local yacht club as a clubhouse until January, 1936, when it was sunk by gunfire off Evanston, IL.

Image from TBRC collection.

Sources : atl,glc,ns3,mv,mpl,eas


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PERE MARQUETTE 8

Other names : built as prop H.W. WILLIAMS, renamed TENNESSEE in 1910, last name in 1913

Official no. : 95952

Type at loss : propeller, wood, pass & pkg frt break-bulk carrier [NOT a carferry]

Build info : 1888, H.W. Williams, South Haven, MI

Specs : 171x35x11, 691g 548n

Date of loss : 1927, Oct 27

Place of loss : at Manistee, MI

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none

Carrying : none

Detail : She burned to a total loss at her winter layup dock on Manistee Lake.

One of only Pere Marquette boats without an icebreaking hull

Enlarged from 140x28x11 in 1897

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : sol,ns3,mpl,eas,mv


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PERE MARQUETTE 16 - See HARRIET B.


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PERE MARQUETTE 18

Other names : none

Official no. : 150972

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

Build info : 1902, American Shipbuilding, Cleveland hull# 412

Specs : 338x56x20, 2909g 1722n

Date of loss : 1910, Sep 8

Place of loss : mid-lake opposite Ludington

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 25 of 62, plus 2 would-be rescuers from PM17*

Carrying : 29 loaded RR cars

Detail : Waves washing over her deck ran down her hatchways, put out her fires and sank her when her steam pumps could no longer function. The vessel had no wave-resisting seagate at her stern, a fact which is considered a major contributing factor in her loss. Her fleetmate PER MARQUETTE 17 responded to her wireless distress call quickly and rescued most of the survivors.

*newspaper crew list identifiees 29 lost 25 by name.

Immage from TBRC collection

Sources : mv,glc,ns3,mpl,eas,wmn


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HATTIE B. PEREUE

Other names : none

Official no. : 95743

Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight

Build info : 1881, Hannah & Pereue, South Haven, MI as a passenger & package freight prop

Specs : 123x29x10, 193g 148n

Date of loss : 1902, Oct 15

Place of loss : at Holland, MI

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : ?

Detail : She began to founder while entering the harbor. The wheelsman put the helm over and ran her up on the breakwater, where she sank to her decks. Her crew was able to step off to dry land with the help of the Lifesaving Service. The vessel finally broke her back and pounded to pieces. Master: Capt. Kemming. Owner: C. G. Marsh, Chicago.

Image of the vessel in her final position from TBRC collection

Sources : is,ns1,h,lmdc,nsp,mpl


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FRANK PEREW

Other names : none

Official no. : 9203

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

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

Specs : 172x31x13, 525g 498n

Date of loss : 1891, Sep 29 [also given in error as Oct 25]

Place of loss : off Vermilion Pt.

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 6 of 7

Carrying : coal

Detail : She broke away from the tow of N.K. FAIRBANK and foundered when the gale stove in her hatches and filled her. Her crew abandoned in the yawl and rowed 13 miles to the east, but their boat capsized in the surf at Parisienne Isl., drowning all but 1. Sinking of the PEREW was seen from a distance by the steamer JOHN W.MOORE, which rushed to her aid, only to find her sunk when she arrived at the site. Master: Capt. J. M. Markey(d).

Ashore and wrecked on S. Fox I., Lake Michigan, Oct, 1873.

Rebuilt 1873, 1878

Sources : mv,eas,polk,nsp,lssc,gwgl,sol,h,lss,wb,hgl,sb


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PERIWINKLE

Other names : built as COMMODORE PERRY, renamed in 1884

Official no. : 150329

Type at loss : propeller excursion steamer, wood

Build info : 1864, Whitaker, Buffalo as a U. S. Revenue Cutter

Specs : 163x25x10, 412 gt 267 nt

Date of loss : 1897, Jun 29

Place of loss : at Toledo

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none mentioned

Carrying : none

Detail : She caught fire and burned to the water's edge at her dock. She was reportedly in poor condition when she burned. Her document was surrendered and there is no evidence she ever ran again, even though a contract was taken to raise her in 1900. Owned by Capt. G. P. Felcher of Saginaw and ran unprofitably for a year or so on the Saginaw River.

Built as a "side-propeller " [twin-screw] revenue cutter; converted to a passenger steamer in 1884. She came out with a group of sidewheel U.S. Revenue Cutters built for Great Lakes service, which included JOHN SHERMAN, ANDREW JOHNSON, JOHN A. DIX and the first FESSENDEN.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : hgl,lhl,wmn,modoc,bb,wl,nsp

 

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E. B. PERKINS

Other names : none

Official no. : ?

Type at loss : commercial fishing boat, wood

Build info : ?

Specs : ?

Date of loss : 1875, Apr 29

Place of loss : 5 mi off St. Joseph

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 4 [all]

Carrying : fishing gear

Detail : She was caught in a sudden storm outside of the harbor and foundered along with several other boats. The following spring wreckage was brought up by the crew's fellow St. Joseph fishermen. Owned by Fred Dalke(d), St. Joseph, who perished with her.

Sources : lotl,nsp,wl

 

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PERRY - see also COMMODORE PERRY, PERRY HANNAH


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PERRY

Other names : unk

Official no. : C none

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : unk

Specs : 206 t.

Date of loss : 1856, Nov 4

Place of loss : at Port Granby, Ontario

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : 5,700 bu. wheat

Detail : She was loading her cargo of wheat at the Port Granby pier when a storm struck. Despite a large effort to get her out into the lake, she was driven against the pier and dashed to pieces, a total loss of $13,500. Owned by Brown & Marshall, Port Hope.

Sources : blu[1856],wmn,wl,hr


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PERRY

Other names : built as GEORGE J. WHITNEY, renamed 1869

Official no. : C61125

Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood

Build info : 1867, Bidwell, Rochester, NY US#10844

Specs : 72x12x5, 42g 37n

Date of loss : 1875, Sep 10

Place of loss : on Cape Hurd, Georgian Bay

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : none

Detail : She stranded and total loss in a storm which wrecked a number of other vessels including the propellers MENDOTA and EQUINOX. Document surrendered 1/28/76.

Reg out of Montreal and operating out of Toronto. Sold Canadian, 1869.

Sources : win,mmgl,clu,mv,nsp


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PERRY & COMPANY - see 砥nnamed scow entry below (1900)

 

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DANIEL D. PERRY

Other names : none

Official no. : 163494

Type at loss : scow, wood, unrigged

Build info : 1908, Buffalo, NY

Specs : 289g 268n

Date of loss : 1916, Aug 24

Place of loss : N end of Strawberry Isl., near Buffalo

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : (storm)

Loss of life : none

Carrying : ?

Detail : Stranded and wrecked.

Sources : mv,ledc,wmn,wl


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HANNAH PERRY

Other names : sources are split as to whether her name is this or PERRY HANNAH. HANNAH PERRY is official, but the vessel was named for northern Michigan lumberman Perry Hannah, whose company made first use of her.

Official no. : 11178

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1859, Wolverton, Newport [Marine City], MI

Specs : 98x25x9, 219 t.

Date of loss : 1880, Oct 15

Place of loss : in harbor at Jacksonport, WI

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : hemlock RR ties

Detail : Driven into the shallows by a storm and pounded to pieces. Owned by John Long, et. al., Chicago.

Lengthened and rebuilt in 1863, major repair in 1868

Sources : gs,mv,hmc,hgl,usls,rsl,wgts,nsp


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O.H. PERRY

Other names : also seen as COMMODORE PERRY, OLIVER H. PERRY

Official no. : none

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

Build info : 1834, Perrysburg, OH

Specs : 352 t.

Date of loss : 1835, Jul 21

Place of loss : in harbor at Buffalo

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : explosion

Loss of life : 6

Carrying : ?

Detail : a violent explosion and fire killed 6 and wrecked the vessel. This was her second explosion of the year. She was rebuilt, abandoned about 1843, after suffering at least 2 major collisions.

Sources : eas,sol,h,lhl,is,hgl,nsp


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OLIVER H. PERRY

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast

Build info : 1847, S.W. Minace, Detroit

Specs : 150x26x11, 406 t. om

Date of loss : 1853, Oct 28

Place of loss : on Pt. Betsie

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : (storm)

Loss of life : none

Carrying : lumber

Detail : Bound Saginaw for Chicago, she was driven ashore and wrecked. Her crew and two passengers made it to the beach, but the vessel was reported a total loss of $6500. Owned in Detroit.

Sources : nsp,wl,wmn

 

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OLIVER H. PERRY

Other names : none

Official no. : ?

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

Build info : 1869, J. Monk, Sandusky, OH

Specs : 122x22x7, 148 t.

Date of loss : 1869, Sep 5

Place of loss : Sandusky, OH

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none

Carrying : none

Detail : Tied to her wharf less than a month after her Aug 13 launch, she caught fire in her engine room. The blazing vessel was cut free and drifted out into Sandusky Bay, where she burned to the waterline.

Owned by 5 Sandusky men, including her skipper, Capt. Freyensee, and her engineer.

Sources : is,hgl,www,nsp,mdwl


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THEODORE PERRY

Other names : none

Official no. : 24163

Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood

Build info : 1855, Bidwell & Banta, Buffalo as a schooner

Specs : 137x26x11, 261 t.

Date of loss : 1887, Jul 22

Place of loss : 15 mi E of Rondeau Point

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 5 of 7

Carrying : coal

Detail : Bound Buffalo for E. Saginaw in tow of D.W. POWERS with 3 others, she dropped into a wave a trough and struck bottom, opening her seams. She sank in less than 5 minutes. Owned by J. Prentice, out of Saginaw. Master: Capt. McCormick.

Listed in '84 mvus as unrigged barge

Major repair in 1863, 82, 86

Sources : mv,nsp,phr,h,ledc,wb,win,hgl,sb,rsl


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PERSEVERANCE - See JOHN TIBBETS


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PERSEVERANCE

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1855, F.N. Jones, Buffalo

Specs : 121 ft, 294 t.

Date of loss : 1864, Nov 24

Place of loss : off Cheboygan, MI

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : collision

Loss of life : none

Carrying : wheat

Detail : She collided with schooner GREY (GRAY?) EAGLE and sank. GREY EAGLE stood by to rescue her crew. Owned by John Greening, Cleveland

Another PERSEVERANCE, built by J. Hackett, may have been lost in Georgian Bay in 1821.

Sources : slh,is,ssm,rsl,nsp


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PERSEVERANCE

Other names : none

Official no. : C none

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

Build info : 1864, L. Shickluna, Port Dalhousie, Ont.

Specs : 177x31x12, 750gc [180 ft oa]

Date of loss : 1868, Oct 6

Place of loss : off Pultneyville, NY

Lake : Ontario

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : 14 of 19

Carrying : 10,146 bu. corn, plus loaded lumber barge in tow

Detail : Bound Port Dalhousie for Oswego, she caught fire offshore during the night and in high seas. She burned to the waterline, a total loss. The fire apparently started around the stack casing. Survivors launched the only unburned boat and were rescued by the prop ENTERPRISE which cruised about for some time looking for more survivors. Others were seen to have launched an improvised raft, but were never found in the dark. Owned by Welland Railway of St. Catharines. Master: Capt. John Fitzgibbons(d).

Sources : clu,csv,is,osdo,mmgl,hgl,mpl,rp,rnc


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PERSIA

Other names : none

Official no. : C88533

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1867, A. Robertson, Hamilton, Ont.

Specs : 102x25x10, 161gc 149nc

Date of loss : 1891, Sep 8

Place of loss : 6 mi off Pt. Petre light

Lake : Ontario

Type of loss : foundered

Loss of life : none

Carrying : building stone

Detail : Bound Kingston for Toronto, she foundered in about 200 feet of water. Prior to departing on this trip, it had been debated as the whether she was seaworthy enough. Owned by her skipper, Capt David O'Hagan, and D. W. Allison

Sources : mmgl,polk,wmn,ib,nsp


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PERSIA

Other names : none

Official no. : 19672

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1856, D. Barrett, Chicago

Specs : 96x21x7, 97g 92n

Date of loss : 1892, Jun 2

Place of loss : near Wind Point, WI

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : lumber

Detail : She sprang a leak off Amsterdam, WI, and anchored in the shelter of the point. Her crew abandoned her and she was driven ashore on Racine Reef when the wind changed, and soon pounded to pieces. Owned by S. L. Martin, Racine.

Vessel and cargo combined worth only $1200.

Sources : wb,mv,hgl,polk,nsp,mpl,wls


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PERSIAN

Other names : none also seen as PERSIA

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1855, Jas. Baker, Oswego, NY [James Navagh as Master Carpenter]

Specs : 128x26x12, 345 gt

Date of loss : 1868, Sep 16

Place of loss : 3 mi off 40-mile Point

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : collision

Loss of life : 10 [all]

Carrying : wheat

Detail : Bound Chicago for Oswego, she collided with the schooner E.B.ALLEN(qv) and sank with all hands. The ALLEN was reportedly overtaking her and rammed her near the stern. ALLEN's skipper was much censured after the incident, which occurred in ideal visual conditions. Owned by Murray, Long & Co., Oswego. Master: Capt. John Long.

Wreck located in 1991, virtually intact.

Major repair in 1861

Sources : (mv),osdo,sol,slh,lhdc,nsp,hgl,rp


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PERSIAN

Other names : none

Official no. : 150064

Type at loss : propeller, wood, freighter

Build info : 1874, Quayle & Murphy, Cleveland

Specs : 255x40x20, 1630 t.

Date of loss : 1875, Aug 26

Place of loss : 8 mi SSE of Long Point

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none of 19

Carrying : 50,500 bu corn, 15,700 bu wheat

Detail : Bound Chicago for Buffalo, she caught fire offshore, burned to the water痴 edge and sank in about 30 fathoms. Her crew and two passengers abandoned her on her hatch covers and were later picked up by the schooner MONTANA and tug MERRICK. The propeller EMPIRE STATE attempted to extinguish the fire with her hoses, but was unsuccessful. She then took PERSIAN in tow, but the tow hawser burned through and the vessel sank in 25-30 fathoms of water. Part of Winslow Line, Buffalo. Master: Capt. Samuel Flint or Solon H. Rumage.

She was one of the largest vessels on the lakes, with 4 masts and worth $125,000.

Sources : ledc,nsp,hgl,mpl,eas,jb,ewe


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PESHTIGO

Other names : none

Official no. : 19663

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast

Build info : 1863, T. Spears, Peshtigo, WI

Specs : 161 ft, 384 t.

Date of loss : 1878, Jun 26

Place of loss : Straits of Mackinac

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : collision

Loss of life : 2

Carrying : 800 t. coal

Detail : Collided with the schooner ST. ANDREWS in fog and smoke and sank at 1 a.m. between Skillagallee light and theBeavers. Bound Erie, PA for Chicago. The ST. ANDREWS fell over on PESHTIGO and both vessels sank together in about 9 minutes. The crews were picked up by the schooner S. V. R. WATSON. Out of Chicago, owned by Capt. English Estate. Master: Capt. Peter Lynch.

Built as bark, changed to schooner in 1876

Sources : ssm,slh,usls,nsp


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PESHTIGO

Other names : none

Official no. : 54218

Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight "lumber hooker"

Build info : 1869, A. Turner, Trenton, MI as a bark

Specs : 203x35x14, 817g 590n

Date of loss : 1908, Oct 24

Place of loss : off Mission Pt., Straits

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : lumber

Detail : She ran into the shallows and was wrecked in a gale 300 ft off Mackinac Isl.

Heavily damaged in a collision with the steamer GEORGE W. ROBY near Thunder Bay, Mich. in 1898.

Has the official number an of unrigged barge

Converted from a bark to a three-mast schooner in 1875-6 and from a schooner to prop in 1895-6.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : mv,rs,slh,ns1,ssm,mpl,eas,nsp


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PESHTIGO

Other names : none

Official no. : 150474

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

Build info : 1889, Milwaukee Shipyard Co., Milwaukee

Specs : 201x34x12, 633g 602n

Date of loss : 1928, Aug 11

Place of loss : off Harbor Beach, MI

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : lumber

Detail : She broke from her tow steamer and went aground. Heavily damaged, she was later towed to Bay City for repairs. She was declared a constructive total loss and abandoned in the Saginaw R. where her remains still lie 1/2 mi N of the Davidson Shipyard site.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : ns3,mv,rkr,mpl


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PETERS - See JAMES DEMPSEY, JIM SHERRIFS


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E.J. PETERS

Other names : also seen as E.T. PETERS, E.I. PETERS

Official no. : C none

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1875, Port Dalhousie, Ont. on the hull of the 1867 schooner AGNES

Specs : 130 t.

Date of loss : 1877, Nov 17

Place of loss : off Port Colborne, Ont.

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none mentioned

Carrying : coal

Detail : Bound Cleveland for Toronto, she broke her towline while coming into the harbor in a storm, stranded and pounded to pieces.

Still listed in Polk (1884), still in hgl, 1899. Canadian records say she was lost 殿round 1886, somewhere near Long point. Registry not close until 1901.

Sources : h,polk,win,wmn not in mmgl, 82 clu


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R.G. PETERS

Other names : none

Official no. : 110424

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

Build info : 1880, Milwaukee Ship Yard, Milwaukee

Specs : 175x31x10, 386 t

Date of loss : 1882, Dec 1

Place of loss : about 40 miles off Milwaukee

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm/fire

Loss of life : 14 [all]

Carrying : in ballast

Detail : She burned in a blizzard-gale and foundered while bound for Manistee, MI from Chicago. No wreckage or bodies were identified, but the accident was reported by her consort, the schooner A.W. LUCKEY. The next summer the body of her mate was found afloat off Kewaune, Wisconsin by the wrecking tug LEVIATHAN. Owned by L. Sands of Manistee. All but one of the crewmen were from that city. Master: Capt. Charles Smith(d).

Sources : h,lmdc,usls,mpl,rp,bb,es,nsp,mr


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ANNIE M. PETERSON

Other names : none

Official no. : 105472

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

Build info : 1874, P. Peterson, Green Bay, WI as a 3-mast schooner

Specs : 191x33x13, 631g 600n

Date of loss : 1914, Nov 19

Place of loss : off the mouth of Two-Hearted River.

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 9[all]

Carrying : lumber

Detail : Tow of steamer C.F. CURTIS(qv) with SELDEN E. MARVIN(qv) she was lost from her towline, broke up offshore and foundered in heavy seas.

Owned by Edward Hines Lumber Co., Chicago

Image from TBRC collection

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


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PETOSKEY

Other names : none

Official no. : 100425

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

Build info : 1888, Burger & Burger, Manitowoc, WI

Specs : 171x30x12, 771g 545n

Date of loss : 1935, Dec 5

Place of loss : Sturgeon Bay, WI

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none

Carrying : none

Detail : awaiting dismantling at a scrapyard when she caught fire and was destroyed. Several other vessels were lost in the blaze (see WAUKEGAN).

Engraving from Walter Lewis Collection

Sources : nsp,sol,is,ns4,mv,mpl,eas,wgts


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PETREL

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight "steam barge"

Build info : 1848, J. Arnold, Port Huron

Specs : 119x24x9, 237 t.

Date of loss : 1850, Oct 3

Place of loss : at Ashtabula, OH

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : (storm)

Loss of life : none

Carrying : ?

Detail : Stranded and reported wrecked. Possibly recovered and lost in an explosion in 1858. Owned by J. W. Kelsey, St. Clair, Mich.

This was the first vessel specifically built as a "steam barge" and was "an open craft with no upper works save immediately aft a cabin for the crew."

Sources : lhl,wl,eas,nsp


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PETREL

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : scow,-schooner wood

Build info : 1848, John Wright, Sandusky, Ohio

Specs : 77x21x5, 63 g

Date of loss : 1854, Oct 28

Place of loss : off Bar Point

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : hull failure

Loss of life : 2 of 6

Carrying : coal

Detail : While she was bound Cleveland for the Detroit, the vessel痴 bottom fell out and she went down quickly, drowning the cook and her skipper, Capt. McGuire. It was speculated at the time that her hull timbers were rotten. Out of Detroit.

Sources : wmn,nsp,wmhs,www


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PETREL

Other names : none

Official no. : 19673

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1847, F.N. Jones, Buffalo, NY

Specs : 162gt

Date of loss : 1883, Oct 17

Place of loss : harbor mouth at Sheboygan, WI

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none of 6

Carrying : lumber

Detail : She was just leaving harbor when she sprang a leak and began to go down in a SE gale. The crew jettisoned her cargo and raised distress signals. No one could brave the storm, though Lifesaving Service made several attempts to reach her. She finally beached, her crew was rescued and and she went to pieces. Owned out of Milwaukee.

Also sunk at Milwaukee with loss of 3 lives in the fall of 1882. Three more crewmen were lost when their yawl capsized as they were abandoning her in a storm in May of 1883.

Major repairs in 1862

Sources : h,polk,nsp,hgl,usls,mpl,rsl,es


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PEWABIC

Other names : none

Official no. : none

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

Build info : 1863, Peck & Masters, Cleveland

Specs : 200 ft., 997 t.

Date of loss : 1865, Aug 9

Place of loss : off Thunder Bay, MI, 7 mi from Alpena

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : collision

Loss of life : 75 to 100 (additionally, at least 10 divers have lost their lives on her)

Carrying : copper ingots,native copper, iron ore, misc

Detail : Collided almost bows-on with her sister ship METEOR in a passing error and sank quickly. The two boats may have been passing very closely to exchange mails and were pulled together by suction. METEOR loitered to pick up survivors, even though she was sinking herself. Owner: Lake Superior Line. Master: Capt. Geo. McKay. The master of the METEOR was Capt. Thomas Wilson, and the two were later business associates.

She has been mostly stripped of cargo and fittings in a long succession of salvage dives, which have been regularly made on her since at least 1880. One salvage project in 1897 used dynamite and a diving bell to take thousands of pounds of pure copper masses off her.

Image from my collection

Sources : is(1-70),slh,lh,is,sol,h,lhl,nsp,hgl,rsl,eas


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PEWAUKEE

Other names : built as Canadian bark TWO FRIENDS* renamed in '81

Official no. : 150233

Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight

Build info : 1873, L. McDermond, Port Burwell, Ont.

Specs : 135x26x11, 310g 228n

Date of loss : 1907, Oct 10

Place of loss : Sturgeon Bay, WI

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : ?

Detail : She caught fire and burned to a total loss. The hulk later converted to a dock facing (1913).

Auxiliary engine added in 1888 by Leathem & Smith, Sturgeon Bay, who installed a 16x18 tug engine in her. Schooner rig removed and became a full-fledged steamer after wrecking in the same area in 1890.

*Polk says TWO BROS. See TWO FRIENDS for details.

Rebuilt in 1881 after going ashore near Cana Island, Lake Michigan.

Sources : is(3-75),nsp,ns1,mpl,wgts


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GUIDO PFISTER

Other names : also seen as G. PFISTER

Official no. : 85304

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast

Build info : 1873, Hanson & Scove, Manitowoc

Specs : 198x13, 694g 661n

Date of loss : 1885, Oct 10

Place of loss : mouth of the Duluth Ship Canal

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : Towing mishap

Loss of life : none

Carrying : ?

Detail : She was coasting into position behind a tug when the latter lost her towline and the PFISTER glided into the rocks, where she became a total loss. Abandoned in place and later covered over with fill, her remains were dynamited when the present entrance piers were built.

Major repair in 1881

Image as abandoned at Duluth from TBRC collection

Sources : mv,lss,polk,hgl,nsp


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PFOHL

Other names : built as propeller ST. PAUL, renamed in 1902

Official no. : 23755

Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight

Build info : 1868, T. Arnold, Marine City, MI as a passenger/package freighter

Specs : 198x31x11, 827g 439n

Date of loss : 1903, May 20

Place of loss : off Goderich, Ont.

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none

Carrying : coal

Detail : She caught fire from a a lamp explosion, burned to the waterline and sank.

Originally 760 g., 525 n

Rebuilt 1882, major repair, 1884, rebuilt to bulker in 1902

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : slh,ns1,mv,nsp,mpl,hcgl


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PHALAROPE

Other names : none

Official no. : 19766

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2 mast

Build info : 1854, Roderick Calkins, Cleveland

Specs : 136x25x11, 264g [371 t. om]

Date of loss : 1872, Sep (28)

Place of loss : near Rondeau, Ont.

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : (none)

Carrying : coal

Detail : She drove ashore and tore up her bottom. A wrecking expedition which was sent to rescue her in mid-October gave the job up as hopeless. Out of Milwaukee, owned by Porter & Merrill

Rebuilt in 1869.

Sources : nsp,wl,rsl,mv,hgl


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PHANTOM

Other names : ?

Official no. : ?

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : ?

Specs : ?

Date of loss : 1878, Jun 1

Place of loss : mouth of Bad River, WI

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : (storm)

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : ?

Detail : Reported ashore & wrecked.

Out of Ashland.

This may be the 13 t. schooner US#20484, out of Buffalo in 1877

Sources : nsp,lss,hgl


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PHANTOM

Other names : none

Official no. : 150439

Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood

Build info : 1888, Ludington, MI

Specs : 57x13x4, 13g 12n

Date of loss : 1895, Sep 13

Place of loss : off Little Sable Pt.

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : lath

Detail : She sprang a leak and went down to her decks in a heavy gale. The next day she cme ashore near Pentwater, Mich, at Stoney Creek. Out of South Haven, Mich. Owned by Jennings & West.

Nsp says she was built in Buffalo in 1873.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : nsp,mv,wb,hgl


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T.P. PHELEN - See HOWARD S. GERKEN


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W.B. PHELPS

Other names : none also seen as WILLIAM B. PHELPS

Official no. : 80367

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast

Build info : 1873, B Eveleigh, Sacket's Harbor, NY

Specs : 137x26x11, 297 gt

Date of loss : 1879, Nov 19

Place of loss : 1 mile off Glen Arbor, MI, Sleeping Bear area

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 5 of 7

Carrying : 17,000 bu. wheat, 600 cs beer

Detail : Bound Milwaukee for Oswego, she was driven on a bar by a gale. Her crew took to the rigging as she went down and were freezing to death one by one until local residents were finally able to rescue the two survivors from the still-raging gale in a tiny rowboat. Their daring and dangerous exploit caused them to be awarded gold medals from the USLS. Out of Oswego, owned by Dunn. Master: Capt. Dan Kelly(d).

Sources : is(2-59),sb,osdo,nb,hgl,usls,rp,nsp


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PHENIX - See also WALDO A. AVERY


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PHENIX

Other names : often seen as PHOENIX

Official no. : C71144

Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood

Build info : 1883, A.A. Hackett, Sauble Mills, Ont.

Specs : 54x14x6, 37gc 25nc

Date of loss : 1901, Nov 30

Place of loss : Fishing Islands, near Oliphant, Ont

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none mentioned

Carrying : none

Detail : She was driven into rocky shallows in the channel between Main Station and Indian Islands after breaking her chain, and became a total loss. Later she slid off into deeper water. Master: Capt. Wm. Gorrie; out of Goderich. She had been bound Golden Valley, Ont, to Kincardine. Engine and boiler were later recovered.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : win,mmgl,do,csv,jmk


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PHILADELPHIA

Other names : none?

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1836, Presque Isle, PA as a brig

Specs : 80x23x8, 123 t.

Date of loss : 1844, Oct 29

Place of loss : at Cleveland

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none?

Carrying : wheat

Detail : She was bound from Michigan City and was just entering the harbor at Cleveland when she went out of control and struck the east pier. She blew ashore just east of it and reportedly became a total wreck. However, the vessel shown operated until about 1854.

Vessel shown moved back and forth between schooner and brig several times. Master: Capt. Conner.

Sources : hgl,nsp,wl


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PHILADELPHIA

Other names : none

Official no. : 20142

Type at loss : propeller, iron, package freight

Build info : 1868, D. Bell, Buffalo

Specs : 227x34x14, 1464g 1230n [236 ft oa]

Date of loss : 1893, Nov 7

Place of loss : off Pte Aux Barques, MI

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : collision

Loss of life : 16 to 24*

Carrying : gen merch

Detail : The Anchor Liner collided in fog with the package freighter ALBANY(qv) and sank. The lost men were in a lifeboat that was apparently run over in the fog by some passing ship or by the abandoned and circling PHILADELPHIA herself.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : mv,polk,slh,lm,sol,h,lhdc,wb,hgl,mpl,m&h


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PHILADELPHIA

Other names : built as prop JESSIE renamed in 1896

Official no. : C103694

Type at loss : propeller tug, wood

Build info : 1867, McCallum, Stromness (also listed as Dunnville), Ont.

Specs : 90x18x10, 148 t.

Date of loss : 1907, Oct.

Place of loss : N Gros Cap, Ont.

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : ?

Detail : Caught fire and beached, then burned to a total loss. Owned by Algoma Central Railway.

Rebuilt from passenger vessel to tug in 1896 at Soo, Ont.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : is(4-61),csv,mmgl,


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PHILIP

Other names : built as prop ODD FELLOW, had another name as well

Official no. : 155238

Type at loss : propeller ferry, wood

Build info : 1893, Grand Haven, MI

Specs : 59x22x7, 54g 37n

Date of loss : 1933, Mar 20

Place of loss : at Detour, MI

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : none

Detail : Burned to a total loss.

She was a Drummond Isl. ferry owned by Durocher of Detour.

Image as ODD FELLOW from TBRC collection

Sources : mv,rkr,slh,eas


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PHILIP M

Other names : ?

Official no. : ?

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : ?

Specs : ?

Date of loss : 1889, May 17

Place of loss : off Port Weller, Ont.

Lake : Ontario

Type of loss : (storm)

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : ?

Detail : Foundered. No Detail.

Sources : h,eas


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PHOENIX - See also PHENIX


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PHOENIX

Other names : none

Official no. : none

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

Build info : 1846, G. Jones, Cleveland

Specs : 155x24x10, 350 t.

Date of loss : 1847, Nov 20

Place of loss : 9 mi from Sheboygan, WI, about 5 mi from land

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : 161 [46 survivors] - estimates of the lost run over 200, but 161 is from the ship痴 officers

Carrying : immigrants,household goods, molasses, sugar

Detail : She caught fire near her boilers at about 4 am and went up quickly. Many people jumped overboard, of which about 30 made it to boats and were picked up by the propeller DELAWARE. She had about $50,000 in personal wealth in her safe. The still smoldering hulk was towed to Sheboygan and abandoned. Master: Capt. Bensley G. Sweet. Owned by Pease & Allen, Cleveland.

Packed with about 150 Dutch immigrants & their household goods.

*Most drawings and paintings of the disaster show her as a sidewheeler, but she was a twin-screw, one of the first.

Also heavily damaged in collision with steamerTROY in 1845.

Engraving from Walter Lewis collection

Sources : is(1-58&71,3-74),alm,glss,gsgl,sol,lm,h,lhl,lmdc,nsp,jd,eas etc


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PHOENIX

Other names : ?

Official no. : (C ?)

Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood

Build info : ? *

Specs : ?

Date of loss : 1863

Place of loss : north shore of the lake

Lake : Ontario

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : none

Detail : Burned and sank. (Note: This accident probably occurred in May on the Rideau Canal, near Ottawa, but some sources state it was on Lake Ontario.)

*a tug of this name operated on the Rideau Canal (Ottawa) in about 1845. Another was built at Brockville, 1862, 66x11,

29 t., disposition unknown.

Sources : gsgl,hgl,rnc


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PHOENIX

Other names : ?

Official no. : none

Type at loss : scow-barge, wood

Build info : 1858, J. Gay, Milan, OH as a 2-mast scow-schooner

Specs : 98x24x8, 152 t. om

Date of loss : 1864

Place of loss : unreported

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : ?

Detail : She sank in a sudden squall.

Sources : gsgl,is,hgl,rsl,ec


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PHOENIX

Other names : built as I.U. MASTERS renamed 1884. Also seen as PHENIX

Official no. : 12795

Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood, wrecking

Build info : 1862, Peck & Masters, Cleveland

Specs : 103x23x11, 173g 110n

Date of loss : 1884, Nov 17

Place of loss : C.S.R. railroad slip, Amherstburg, Ont.

Lake : Detroit R

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none

Carrying : none

Detail : She caught fire in one of her coal bunkers and burned to a total loss. Several other vessels, including the Dunbar tug SHAUGHRAUN and the steambarge MARSH, attempted to save her. The SHAUGHRAUN finally got a line on her and pulled her away from the dock to near Norvell's wharf, where she burned to a total loss and sank. Out of Detroit, owned by Parker & Millen.

Rebuilt and launched as PHOENIX, Sep, 1884. She was one of the legendary old tugs of the Detroit River.

Image as I. U. MASTERS from TBRC collection

Sources : mv,gsgl,hgl,mpl,es,hcgl

 

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PHOTINIA

Other names : none

Official no. : BR187933

Type at loss : propeller motor freighter, steel, bulk fright

Build info : 1961, Redhead & Sons, South Shields, England

Specs : 480x60x25, 7,660 gt

Date of loss : 1978, May 13

Place of loss : off Milwaukee

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : light

Detail : Having just come up from Chicago, the ship was standing off Milwaukee, waiting to enter the harbor to load grain, when she dragged anchor and went on a reef off St. Francis Power Plant. Her crew of 33 was rescued by Coast Guard helicopters, and the vessel was later brought in to Sturgeon Bay. There it was decided that, due to the heavily damaged condition of her bottom, she was a constructive total loss of $2.5 million.

Had participated in the repair and laying of communications cable near New Zealand in 1977.

Image from AtlanticCable.com

Sources : nsp,is(3-78),mpl,ac

 

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H. S. PICKANDS

Other names : none

Official no. : 95836

Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight

Build info : 1884, Thos. W. Kirby, Grand Haven, Mich

Specs : 181x32x13, 625g 505n

Date of loss : 1912, Dec 21

Place of loss : Fairport, Ohio

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none

Carrying : none

Detail : The disables freighter was in tow of the tug FRANCIS B. HACKETT down Lake Erie when a storm struck. The vessels put in to Fairport harbor for shelter, wher the PICKANDS caught fire. Her aft end was nearly destroyed and the vessel was laid up while her fate was decided. It was two years before her documentation was surrendered and the vessel was declared a total loss. She was reportedly scrapped in 1916.

Built to replace the steamer H. C. AKELEY(qv), her engine and boiler came from the 1867 steamer NEW ERA.[US#18467].

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : hcgl,ns2,mv,nsp,bb

 

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JAMES PICKANDS

Other names : none

Official no. : 76626

Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight

Build info : 1886, T. Quayle, Cleveland

Specs : 233x40x19, 1546g 1319n

Date of loss : 1894, Sep 22

Place of loss : Sawtooth Reef, near Eagle River, MI

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : smoke

Loss of life : none

Carrying : iron ore

Detail : Her crew was blinded by forest fire smoke and struck the deadly reef. She was later wrecked by a storm and still another storm pushed her off into deeper water. The ship had been bound Duluth for South Chicago. Owned by J. W. Moore, et. al., Cleveland. Master: Capt. Bench.

Sources : gwgl,h,mv,lss,hgl,mpl,bb,es


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PICKUP - See LUCILE


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PICTON

Other names : none

Official no. : C none

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

Build info : 1870, W. Yeomans, Mill Point, Ont.

Specs : 158x27x8, 801gc 490nc

Date of loss : 1882, Sep 22

Place of loss : 3 mi E of Rondeau, Ont., lighthouse

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm, navigation error

Loss of life : none

Carrying : 25 t. merchandise

Detail : She drove ashore in a storm due to poor visibility and a malfunctioning compass, and broke up in place. She was on her way to replace the lost steamer ASIA (qv) at the time, and had just been strengthened to endure the rigors of Georgian Bay navigation.. Reg out of Picton, owned by the Bay of Quinte and St. Lawrence River Navigation Company. Master: Capt. Dunn.

*some sources show her as a propeller

Image from TBRC collection (in middle distance)

Sources : win,ledc,csv,hgl,clu,mmgl,rp,do2,nsp


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PICTON

Other names : none

Official no. : C71206

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1867, T. Walters or Walton, Picton, Ont.

Specs : 99x23x10, 160 t.

Date of loss : 1900, Jun 29

Place of loss : 10 mi off Charlotte, NY

Lake : Ontario

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 7 [all]

Carrying : coal

Detail : Bound Charlotte for Belleville, Ont., she lost her sails and dove for the bottom in sight of several other vessels. Her skipper, Capt. Sidley, had sailed out into threatening weather. He was new to the boat, having just lost the EDW. BLAKE on Lake Huron. His 12-year old son died with him on the PICTON. Out of Belleville; master and owner was Capt. Sidley(d).

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : csqw,mmgl,ns1,h,nsp,osdo,win,jmk


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PICTON

Other names : built as steamer CORSICAN, renamed in 1905

Official no. : C ?

Type at loss : sidewheel steamer, iron composite, passenger & package freight

Build info : 1870, A. Cantin, Montreal

Specs : 179x27x11, 946 gc

Date of loss : 1907, Sep 20

Place of loss : Toronto harbour

Lake : Ontario

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : 1

Carrying : ?

Detail : She was destroyed by fire at her dock. One woman passenger died. Her hull was later recovered and sold Americans for use as a barge after 1913 [US#166791].

Hull prefabricated by Barclay Curle, Glasgow, Scotland and shipped to Montreal in 1869. She was built to replace Canadian Navigation Co.痴 steamer GRECIAN, wrecked on the St. Lawrence River at Split Rock Rapids.

Heavily damaged avoiding a collision near South Bay Point, Lake Ontario, in 1875. Wrecked running Galops Rapids in 1881.

Rebuilt in 1897. Originally 175x27, 1203 t.

Image from TBRC collection

Image as barge, same source

Sources : mmgl,nsp,bb,nsp,wmn


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A.C. PIERCE

Other names : none

Official no. : 106474

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1887, A. Pierce, Sebewaing, MI

Specs : 54x16x5, 31g 29n

Date of loss : 1915, Aug 15

Place of loss : S. Fox Isl.

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : ? (fruit?)

Detail : She stranded on the shore of S. Fox and broken up by waves.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : phr,mv,vbs


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FRANKLIN PIERCE - See GENERAL PIERCE


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MARY E. PIERCE

Other names : none

Official no. : 90724

Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood

Build info : 1871, Carroll, Buffalo

Specs : 48x14x6, 22g 12n

Date of loss : 1906, Feb 13

Place of loss : near Au Sable , MI

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : stranded

Loss of life : none of 2

Carrying : none

Detail : Went ashore and wrecked.

Rebuilt, 1881

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : phr,slh,mv


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PIERREPONT

Other names : also seen as PIERPONT

Official no. : 19759

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1852, Ellenwood, Sackett痴 Harbor, NY

Specs : 98x23x9, 153 t.

Date of loss : 1881, Nov 26

Place of loss : near the lake entrance to Sturgeon Bay Canal

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : merchandise and iron bars

Detail : She had been anchored at some pilings when she was caught by a wind and driven into them. She sank in shallow water, but before an effective salvage effort could be mounted, she had broken to piecesi in another blow. Owned by Chipman and Roesser, Pt. Sanilac, Mich.

Sources : wgts,mv,bb,phr,nsp

 

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ELLEN PIKE

Other names : also seen as ELLEN PINE

Official no. : 7520

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1855, Bailey, New Buffalo, MI

Specs : 72x21x7, 74 gt.

Date of loss : 1873, Sep 21

Place of loss : 3 mi S of Kenosha, WI

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : ?

Detail : She was driven on the beach by a storm, a total loss.

Also reported sunk by a white squall on L. Mich in 1863.

Also capsized in a gale off Waukegan in 1857, her crew rescued by schooner H.K. MUSSEY. Towed in upside-down. Capsized again 30 miles off St. Joseph, Mich. in Aug of 1858 with loss of one, a passenger.

Sources : sagl,hgl,nsp,bb,wl,mv


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A.N. PIKE

Other names : also seen as A.N. PINE, A.R. PIKE

Official no. : C71103

Type at loss : propeller, wood

Build info : 1874, Chatham, Ont

Specs : 72x15, 34 t.

Date of loss : 1879, Jan 3

Place of loss : Thames R., just below Chatham

Lake : Detroit

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : ?

Detail : Caught fire and destroyed.

Location also given as Lake St. Clair.

Sources : mmgl,h,win


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PILGRIM - See also NAOMI, WISCONSIN


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PILGRIM

Other names : none

Official no. : 150433

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

Build info : 1888, R. Rogers, Saugatuck, MI

Specs : 119x23x9, 300g 256n

Date of loss : 1907, Apr 29

Place of loss : near Ft. Gratiot, MI

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : 6 passengers, farm produce

Detail : Struck an ice floe in an early-season run, sprung a leak and beached to save her. She was driven too far up on the beach to recover and became a constructive total loss. Later stripped and abandoned, then broke up in place. Owned by C.W.Thompson of St. Clair, MI. Master: Capt. A. H. Cotton. She had been bound for Detroit.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : ns1,mv,ssa,nsp,phr,mpl,eas,ade


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WILLIAM B. PILKEY - See FRANK E. VIGOR


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PILOT

Other names : none

Official no. : none

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

Build info : 1849, Ohio

Specs : 62x18x4, 33 t.

Date of loss : 1858, Nov 1

Place of loss : at Chicago

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 2

Carrying : lumber

Detail : Riding out a storm at anchor off the old waterworks, she was overwhelmed and foundered.

Another report shows a vessel of this name lost near Chicago in 1857 (probably a Milwaukee-built vessel)..

Another vessel of this name was registered out of Chicago at this time: 94x23x10, 181 t. , b. 1848, Ashtabula)

Sources : www,is,hgl,nsp,wl


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PILOT

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood

Build info : 1853, John Chapman or G. Hardison, Buffalo

Specs : 72x17x7, 77 t.

Date of loss : 1865, Nov

Place of loss : at Algonac, MI

Lake : St Clair R

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none

Carrying : none

Detail : Destroyed by fire.

Sources : lhl,hgl,st,rsl,nsp,eas


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PILOT

Other names : none

Official no. : C72593

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1866, Sweet, Wilson, NY [US#20164]

Specs : 63x16x6, 38gc 34nc

Date of loss : 1886, Apr (26)

Place of loss : 4 mi below Leamington dock

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : (storm)

Loss of life : none

Carrying : ?

Detail : She went ashore and stranded tightly. A week later the prop CITY OF DRESDEN attempted to rescue her, pulling her to pieces in the process.

Owned by Capt. F.B. Hackett of Amherstburg, Ont., she was used as a cargo carrier, lighter and wrecker.

Sold Canadian, 1877

Sources : es,polk,mmgl


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PILOT

Other names : none

Official no. : 150303

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1883, R. Cotter, Essexville, MI

Specs : 41x16x4, 17g 16n

Date of loss : 1896, Sep 22

Place of loss : off the pier at Caseville, MI

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : collision

Loss of life : none

Carrying : ?

Detail : She struck the wreck of the steamer B.F. FERRIS and sank while trying to make the harbor in an easterly gale. Master: Capt. Fleck. Owner: Capt. Wm. Franks.

Was a yacht for part of her career

Sources : nsp,slh,mv,vbs,phr,wb


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PILOT

Other names : none

Official no. : 150270

Type at loss : propeller tug, wood

Build info : 1882, Wolf & Davidson, Milwaukee

Specs : 55x16x8, 31g 15n

Date of loss : 1899, Jul 29

Place of loss : on northern Green Bay

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none

Carrying : ?

Detail : Burned to a total loss of $5,000 20 mi NE of Menominee, Mich while bound there from Cedar River, Wis..

Owned by Spaulding Lumber Company of Chicago at time of loss and by J. Murphy, Cedar River, Mich, in 1897. Master: Capt. Rood.

Sources : bbas,jb,mv,bb,wmn,wgts,wl,nsp

 

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PILOT

Other names : none

Official no. : C111579

Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood

Build info : 1901, E Pratt, Parry Sound, Ont.

Specs : 72x16, 70gc 48nc

Date of loss : 1910, Sep 11

Place of loss : Moon R., S of Parry Sound [Blackstone Bay]

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : none

Detail : Destroyed by fire, no other detail.

Out of Toronto

1885 Doty engine

Sources : mmgl,slh,h,win


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PILLSBURY - See HENRY CORT


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PINCUSVILLE

Other names : ?

Official no. : 20335

Type at loss : scow, wood

Build info : 1869, Oak Harbor, Oh

Specs : 68x17x4, 28 t. (22 t. as steamer)

Date of loss : 1881

Place of loss : Sandusky, OH

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : "sank"

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : ?

Detail : no detail

Out of Sandusky

Converted from sidewheeler to scow in 1873 by L.B. Johnson, Oak Harbor, OH

Sources : mv,www,mv,wmhs,bb

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PINE - See PIKE


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PINE LAKE

Other names : built as propeller R. McDONALD [US#110469], renamed IDA M. TORRENT in 1883, given last name in 1895, after a rebuild at Charlevoix, MI, following an October, 1893 fire at Cross Village, MI. [Pine Lake is the earlier name of Lake Charlevoix]

Official no. : 150695

Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight "sandsucker"

Build info : 1881, M. Duprise, Mt. Clemens, MI

Specs : 137x28x12, 388g 274n

Date of loss : 1912, Oct 21

Place of loss : abreast of Belle Isle

Lake : Detroit R.

Type of loss : collision

Loss of life : 2

Carrying : ?

Detail : She collided with the much larger wooden steamer FLEETWOOD and sank in the channel. The hulk was later dynamited as an obstruction.

Major repair in 1882; rebuilt, 1895, by Rooney Bros, Charlevoix,MI

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : nsp,mv,ns2,sol,ledc,mpl,eas


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PINTA

Other names : also seen as PINTO

Official no. : C none

Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood

Build info : 1869, A. St. Clair, Port Nelson, Ont.

Specs : 58x14x5, 36 t.

Date of loss : 1879, Nov 20

Place of loss : 5 mi NE of Oakville, Ont [near Toronto]

Lake : Ontario

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 4 [all]

Carrying : stone

Detail : Left Oakville for a short trip to Toronto, but only made it about a mile before she filled and foundered. Three of her crew took to her lifeboat, but apparently had no oars and were last seen drifting rapidly down the lake. The fouth man stayed abord and was found dead when the wreck was boarded two days later. May have been recovered, still on polk list in 1883; hgl says she was still extant in 1898, but this is doubtful.

Sources : hgl,polk,win,mmgl,h not in '82 clu


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PIONEER

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : sidewheel steamer, wood

Build info : 1825, Benj. Winslow, Black Rock [Buffalo], NY

Specs : 98x17x8, 125 t.

Date of loss : 1834, Jul 9

Place of loss : near St. Joseph, MI

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : riverboat DAVY CROCKETT in tow

Detail : She stranded and was lost in a storm. Her crew and passengers were later recued by the schooner MARENGO. This was the first major steamboat loss on Lake Michigan, and the vessel was the first to have a high-pressure steam engine installed.

Driven ashore near Fairport, OH with heavy damage in October of 1825.

Sources : lhl,hgl,is,nsp,wl,eas,lotl


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PIONEER

Other names : none

Official no. : C ?

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1860, M Simpson, Bond Head, Ont.*

Specs : 99x18x7, 125 t.

Date of loss : 1866, Oct

Place of loss : near Grand Haven, Mich

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none mentioned

Carrying : lumber

Detail : Bound Chicago for Grand Haven, she was driven ashore and pounded to pieces near her destination. She goes off the official Canadian registry in 1867, but she is still listed on insurance lists as late as 1871. Owned by John Allen, Bond Head.

*Bond Head is near Port Granby, Ont.

Lengthened 24 ft. by Donaldson & Andrews, Newcastle, Ont, in 1863

Sources : hgl,wl,wmn,clu,mmgl

 

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PIONEER

Other names : none

Official no. : C none

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1860, Simpson & Treleaven, Newcastle [Bend Head], Ont.

Specs : 99x18x7, 125 t.

Date of loss : 1871, Jun 12*

Place of loss : 10 mi off Main Duck

Lake : Ontario

Type of loss : foundered

Loss of life : none of 8

Carrying : coal

Detail : Bound Oswego for Coburg, she sprang a leak in a light breeze and sank. The cook alerted the crew when she said they couldn't come to dinner until they had been at the pumps as water was coming under the cabin walls. Last of them stepped off rail into the yawlboat just as she went down from under their feet. While rushing to abandon, members of the crew rescued the dinner as well, including two fresh-baked pies, which they ate in the boat after the ship went down. Out of Whitby.

*Jun 12, 1875 is also given as the date. Not in clu after 69.

Lengthened in 1866.

Sources : csqw,win,clu,is(1-76),h,slh,mmgl,nsp,hgl,wl


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A. S. PIPER

Other names : none

Official no. : 105898

Type at loss : propeller tug, wood

Build info : 1880, T. Spear, Little Sturgeon, Wis.

Specs : 54x12x7, 21 g

Date of loss : 1890, Oct 14

Place of loss : at Sturgeon Bay, Wis.

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none

Carrying : none reported

Detail : On a fine fall evening she caught fire at her dock and burned to a total loss. The still-burning vessel was towed out into the bay, where she sank. She was owned by Capt. John Walter of Milwaukee and was worth about $3,000. Remains reportedly still a hazard in 1904.

Sources : nsp,bb,wmhs,wgts

 

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PITTSBURG - See also BRIDGEBUILDER X, CYCLONE


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PITTSBURG

Other names : built as MANITOBA, renamed CARMONA(88), last name in 1900

Official no. : C92653

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

Build info : 1871, M. Simpson, Port Robinson, Ont.

Specs : 221x28, 1349gc 882nc

Date of loss : 1903, Aug 13

Place of loss : Sandwich [Windsor], Ont.

Lake : Detroit R

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none

Carrying : none

Detail : She caught fire from unknown causes and burned to a total loss at her layup dock. She had recently been taken out of service and the fire came under some suspicion, though arson was later refuted by the Georgian Bay Line, who had her under charter. Owned by Detroit Savings Bank and Huron Navigation Co.

Wrecked near Chantry Isl., L. Huron, in 1883. Collided with and sunk the str COMET in 1875.

Rebuilt, 1888; enlarged, 1900, originally 173x25, 980 t.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : csv,polk,is,mmgl,sol,ns1,nsp,mpl,es


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PITTSBURGH - See CYCLONE


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PLANET - See also JOHN C. BAUER


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PLANET

Other names : none

Official no. : 55228

Type at loss : barge, wood

Build info : 1855, Jas. Bushnell, Newport, MI as a sidewheel steamer

Specs : 262x33x14, 712 t.

Date of loss : 1872, Nov 7

Place of loss : off Two Rivers, WI

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 7

Carrying : 700,000 bd feet lumber

Detail : She foundered in relatively shallow water off the Two Rivers pier. Hull maybe later recovered and completely rebuilt.(possibly as a barge by Hill, Marine City) and registered as the new barge NORTHWEST. Owned by Peshtigo Lumber Co.

She sank near Eagle River, MI, Lake Superior, in Aug, 1862, with the loss of 35 lives.

Major repairs in 1861, 62. She may have been built as a sidewheeler, converted to a prop shortly after.

Image as a steamer from TBRC collection

Sources : polk,hgl,lmdc,lhl,bb,wl,nsp,hgl,mv


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PLANET

Other names : none

Official no. : 20196

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

Build info : 1858, Algonac, MI

Specs : 89 gt 85nt.

Date of loss : 1885, Aug 24

Place of loss : mid-lake

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 1

Carrying : wood

Detail : Capsized offshore and became a total loss of $2,000. Owned by J. T. Jacobson(d), Chicago, who was also her master.

Struck the piers while coming into Manistee harbor in heavy weather in October, 1871. It took quite some time and expense to recover her.

Sources : nsp,mv,wmn

 

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JOHN PLANKINTON

Other names : none

Official no. : 76798

Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight

Build info : 1889, F. Wheeler, W. Bay City hull# 53

Specs : 267x41x21, 1822g 1461n

Date of loss : 1917, May 9

Place of loss : off 5th St, Detroit

Lake : Detroit R

Type of loss : collision

Loss of life : none (1?)

Carrying : coal

Detail : She collided with the Grand Trunk river carferry DETROIT and sank in 40' of water. Her machinery was later removed and the hull levelled with explosives.

Image as wrecked from TBRC collection

Sources : vbs,eas,glc,s,sbs,ns2,mv,mpl


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JULIE PLANTE - See JULES La PLANTE


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PLATINA

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1834, Sandusky, OH

Specs : 70x26x7, 91 t.

Date of loss : 1848, Nov 13

Place of loss : near the mouth of the Saugeen River

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : stranded

Loss of life : none

Carrying : partial cargo of flour

Detail : Carrying only a light cargo and no ballast, she was ashore by a storm and wrecked. Out of Detroit.

Sources : www,wl,wmn



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JAMES PLATT

Other names : none

Official no. : 13302

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast

Build info : 1863, Geo. Goble, Oswego, NY

Specs : 137x26x12, 341 t.

Date of loss : 1881, Nov 24

Place of loss : on S. Fox Island

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 2 of 8

Carrying : 3,800 bbl salt

Detail : Bound Bay City for Chicago, she went ashore on S. Fox and wrecked. The crew was stranded aboard 3 days until rescued by the local lighthouse keeper. Owned by S. A. Murphy, Detroit. Master: Capt. Henry Turner(d). She was a total loss of $13,000.

Major repairs in 1874 and 1875.

Sources : nsp.mv,wl,bb

 

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PLOUGHBOY - See T.F. PARK


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PLOVER

Other names : none?

Official no. : 19680

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1857, Gay & Merry, Milan, OH

Specs : 140x26x11, 283 t. [390 t. om]

Date of loss : 1871, Oct 12

Place of loss : near Whitefish Point.

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : Grain

Detail : She had been bound Duluth for Buffalo when she stranded and went to pieces in storm. The crew was at first supposed lost, but showed up at the Soo in her little yawl 2 days later.

Out of Cleveland

Rebuilt in the spring of 1871.

Sources : (mv),lssc,lss,nsp,hgl,wl,ec


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A. PLUGGER

Other names : none

Official no. : 105015

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1871, Cornelius Shols, Holland, Mich

Specs : 88 t.

Date of loss : 1881, Nov 5

Place of loss : at South Haven, Mich

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : RR ties

Detail : While trying to make the harbor in a storm, she struck the pier and sank quickly. By the next day she was declared a total loss, even though she had been sold off the beach to someone for $600. Out of Holland.

Sources : hgl,nsp,mv,wmn,bb

 

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C.H. PLUMMER

Other names : none

Official no. : 126494

Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood

Build info : 1888, J. Monk, Sandusky

Specs : 116x28x8, 219g 208n

Date of loss : 1888, Nov 21

Place of loss : Kelley's Isl. dock

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none

Carrying : stone

Detail : She burned to a total loss in her 1st year of service. She was ready to depart for Cleveland when she caught fire. Owned by A.J. Helbing of Sandusky.

Major repairs in 1871.

Sources : www,nsp,hgl,wl,ski


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PLYMOUTH

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1847, Huron, Oh

Specs : 198 t.

Date of loss : 1852, Jun 23

Place of loss : 25 mi N of Cleveland

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : collision

Loss of life : none mentioned

Carrying : wheat, flour, etc.

Detail : Bound Huron, OH for Buffalo, she collided nearly head-on at night with the sidewheeler NORTHERN INDIANA(qv) and sank in a few minutes. NORTHERN INDIANA was later found to be grossly negligent in running in the vessel track on a dark and hazy night at 17 mph. This accident fomented an early court case establishing the right-of-way of sail vessels over powered.

Probably out of Buffalo.

Sources : nsp,wmhs


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PLYMOUTH

Other names : none

Official no. : 19621

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

Build info : 1854, Ira Lafrinier, Ohio City, OH, as a propeller

Specs : 213x35x14, 777g 740n

Date of loss : 1913, Nov 11

Place of loss : near St. Martin's Isl. off tip of Garden Pen.

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 9[all]

Carrying : cedar posts

Detail : Tow of the tug JAMES H. MARTIN in the "Big Storm" of 1913. MARTIN became disabled, left her in the lee of the island, where she was eventually overwhelmed and sunk. A note in a bottle from a passenger said MARTIN "left us and never even said good-bye!" Master: Capt. Alex Larson(d). Wreckage was found in 1984 near Poverty Island.

Converted from prop to 4-mast schooner in 1884. See prop OREGON.

Driven ashore on Presque Isle, Lake Superior, in Oct, 1887, released, 1888, rebuilt, 1889. Capt. J. Reid raised her from this position by the unusual method of jacking a frame with 200 air-filled kerosene barrels down to the wreck and securing it, then releasing the jacks.

Major repairs in 1864

She was 846 t. om as a propeller.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : nsp,gsgl,lh,mh,lss,gwgl,ttgl,modoc,ns2,h,lmdc,mv,mpl,rsl,eas,hm


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PLYMOUTH ROCK

Other names : none

Official no. : 19768

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

Build info : 1852, A. Miller, Oswego, NY as a schooner

Specs : 116x25x11, 226g 226n

Date of loss : 1884,

Place of loss : Detroit, MI

Lake : Detroit

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : ?

Detail : Destroyed by fire at her dock.

Hull rebuilt to unrigged barge afterwards.

Owned out of Detroit in '83

Other sources show her first built in 1862

Rebuilt, 1862, 1881 Major repairs in 1869-70 after stranding in 1869.

Sources : is,phr,mv,osdo,nsp,hgl,rp,rsl

 

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POCAHONTAS

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : propeller, wood

Build info : 1846, F.N. Jones, Buffalo

Specs : 172x25x10, 427 t. om

Date of loss : 1862, Apr 8

Place of loss : on Long Point

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : flour, corn and general freight

Detail : She stranded on the point in a storm was wrecked, pounded to pieces by the 16th. Her insurance company declared vessel and cargo a total loss the first week of May.

Date is also given - in error - as Sep 27.

Stranded on a sandbar in Nov, 1854 and threw her deckload - largely parlor stoves - overboard to lighten, while a ship痴 boiler accidentally rolled through the bulwarks and over the side.

Sources : hgl,lhl,wl,nsp,eas


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POINT ABINO

Other names : none

Official no. : 150103

Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight "rabbit"

Build info : 1872, Buffalo, NY

Specs : 112x24x8, 204 t.

Date of loss : 1905, Nov 14

Place of loss : St Clair Flats Canal

Lake : St. Clair

Type of loss : stranded

Loss of life : none

Carrying : sugar beets

Detail : Stranded and wrecked she was deemed to old and worn out to recover. Her crew were taken off by the Canadian tug DRAGON. She was largely broken up in a storm that followed shortly after. Her wreckage lies near that of N. MILLS (qv). Owned and sailed by Capt. S. H. Burnham of Port Huron.

Sources : phr,rkr,sol,ns1,mv,ledc,mpl,eas


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POLAND

Other names : none

Official no. : 20154