The Great Lakes Shipwreck File

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Great Lakes Shipwrecks

beginning with the letter

V

 

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WALTER VAIL - See HERMAN H. HETTLER


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VALENTINE

Other names : none?

Official no. : 25732

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast

Build info : 1867, White, Conneaut, OH

Specs : 128x26x10, 270 t.

Date of loss : 1877, Oct 10

Place of loss : 15 mi off Fairport, OH

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none of 8

Carrying : coal

Detail : Bound Ashtabula for Detroit with 485 t. coal. She came to anchor off Fairport and was waterlogged and abandoned in the storm. Her crew abandoned her in her yawl, and, after sixteen hours battling the weather they made it to shore 6 mi W of Fairport. As late as Nov 23, the vessel was still making herself a hazard to navigation. Owned out of Conneaut by Capt. M. Capron. Master: Capt. Graves.

Also wrecked on Port Austin reef in 1873.

Sources : mv,slh,hgl,nsp,ew


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VALETTA

Other names : none

Official no. : C ?

Type at loss : bark, wood, 3-mast*

Build info : 1864, L. Shickluna, St. Catharines

Specs : 407 t.

Date of loss : 1871, Oct 8

Place of loss : Chicago, inner harbor

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none

Carrying : ?

Detail : Burned to the waterline and sunk during the great Chicago Fire.

Owned and sailed by Capt. P. Larkin of St. Catharines, Ont.

*May have been a schooner at the time of her loss.

Sources : nsp,hgl,is,clu,mpl,rsl ,wl


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A. C. VAN RAALTE

Other names : also seen as just VAN RAALTE, an 1859 ad in the Traverse City paper shows her as 滴. C. Van Raalte

Official no. : none

Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood

Build info : 1850, Marine City, Mich

Specs : 44x12x4, 50 t.

Date of loss : 1860, a few days before Mar 23

Place of loss : East Bay of Grand Traverse Bay

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : ice

Loss of life : none

Carrying : ?

Detail : Crushed by the Spring breakup of ice in the bay. 典otal loss except the rigging. Capt. O Evans.

Sources : nsp,54 tonnage list,is(4-99)


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VAN STRAUBENZIE- See SIR C.T. VAN STRAUBENZIE


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D. A. VAN VALKENBURG

Other names : none

Official no. : 6318

Type at loss : bark, wood, 3-mast

Build info : 1866, Albert Little, Tonawanda, NY*

Specs : 167x34x12, 539 t.

Date of loss : 1881, Sep 15

Place of loss : between Jacksonport and Whitefish Bay, WI

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 7 of 8

Carrying : 30,000 bu. corn

Detail : Bound Chicago for Buffalo, she went on the rocks in a gale and pounded to pieces. Her crew took to her boats, but only one of them made it to shore. The single survivor stated that the vessel went ashore because her compass went wild. Master: Capt. Andrew Kieth(d).

*Also given as Toledo

Sources : usls,mv,wl,nsp,bb,wgts


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LUCINDA VAN VALKENBURG

Other names : none

Official no. : 14614

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1862, Albert Little, Tonawanda, NY

Specs : 129x26x13, 302g 286n

Date of loss : 1887, Jun 1

Place of loss : near Thunder Bay Island light, MI

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : collision

Loss of life : none

Carrying : coal

Detail : Collided with the iron steamer LEHIGH in fog & storm and sank. Bound for Chicago with coal.

Out of Chicago, owned by Thos. Hood.

Major repairs in 1880 & 82

Sources : mv,stb,eas,polk,nsp,slh,lhdc,wb,hgl,sb,rsl,ade


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GEORGE H. VAN VLECK

Other names : built as PORTAGE, renamed in 1910

Official no. : 150042

Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight

Build info : 1875, Union Dry Dock, Buffalo hull# 15 as a package freighter

Specs : 238x35x13, 1020g 940n

Date of loss : 1918, Dec 4

Place of loss : Wyandotte Channel near Ecorse, MI

Lake : Detroit R

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : ?

Detail : Blown off her moorings and into the channel, then driven aground by strong current. Wrecked and later abandoned.

Also burned at Duluth, August 3, 1914 and document surrendered as a total loss. Wrecked in 1903, 1907 & July, 1914 as well.

Rebuilt from a package freighter toa bulker in 1907.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : mv,ns2,eas,lss,mpl,tbrc


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WILLIAM VANATTA

Other names : none also seen as VENNETTA, VENETTA

Official no. : 26164

Type at loss : barge or schooner-barge, wood

Build info : 1862, Hayes, Erie, PA

Specs : 119x25x8, 159 t.

Date of loss : 1886, Apr 1

Place of loss : Point Pelee

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : lumber

Detail : Tow of the prop BURLINGTON and bound from Detroit [where she had lain all winter with her cargo from Saginaw] for Cleveland, she broke loose in a gale. She drove ashore and went to pieces. Her crew was rescued by Canadian fishermen. Her anchor and chains were removed by the Canadian tug PILOT a few weeks later. Her owner later sued the skipper of the BURLINGTON, stating that the prop had not followed the safer south passage on Lake Erie, as promised, but had instead taken the more dangerous Pelee Passage.

Reg. out of E. Saginaw, owned by her skipper, Capt. Chas. Ford.

Converted from a schooner to an unrigged barge in 1876

Sources : win,phr,h,mv,es,wl,rsl,nsp


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DAVID VANCE

Other names : none

Official no. : 6855

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast

Build info : 1874, J. Butler, Manitowoc, Wis

Specs : 207x34x14, 775g 736n

Date of loss : 1893, Jul 20

Place of loss : SW of Pt Pelee

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : collision

Loss of life : none

Carrying : 1,500 tons hard coal

Detail : In tow of the steamer SAMOA and bound Erie, Pa. for Chicago, she collided at night with the towed barge LIZZIE A. LAW (qv) behind the EGYPTIAN, and both sank. The LAW had inexplicably taken a sheer and plowed into the side of the VANCE during passing. The captain, his wife and three young daughters, as well as the crew all escaped in the VANCE's lifeboat and were picked up by SAMOA. The VANCE went down in 40 feet of water, 2 miles west of the "Dummy." Owned by McKenzie & Co, Buffalo. Master: Capt. Mason.

Also sunk near Amherstburg, Ont., in 1886.

Sources : hgl,ew,mv,polk,mpl,nsp,es

 

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FRANK L. VANCE

Other names : none

Official no. : 120697

Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight

Build info : 1887, W. Radcliffe, Cleveland, OH

Specs : 258x40x24, 1952g 1642n

Date of loss : 1910, Oct 4

Place of loss : 25 mi SW of Ludington, MI

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none

Carrying : coal

Detail : Caught fire offshore and destroyed. Crew rescued without casualty by steamer MAGGIE MARSHALL. Owned by Fay Steamship Co., Duluth

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : mv,ns2,eas,mpl,tbrc


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VANDALIA

Other names : some sources say she was named MILWAUKEE after 1846

Official no. : none

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

Build info : 1841, (Doolittle or Bronson & Crocker), Oswego, NY

Specs : 127x20x8, 248 t. om

Date of loss : 1851, Oct 27

Place of loss : near Pt. Pelee

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : collision

Loss of life : none

Carrying : general merchandise

Detail : She collided with the schooner FASHION and sank. She had on board the crew of the wrecked schooner PRINCE ALBERT, which she had rescued the same day. Master: Capt. John Trowell.

She was the first propeller-driven vessel in use on the Great Lakes.

Rebuilt, 1846. Sold Canadian in 1850.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : wl,is(1-88),hgl,lhl,rp,do2,rnc


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VANDERBILT

Other names : none also seen as VANDERBUILT

Official no. : C

Type at loss : propeller, wood, steambarge with some passenger accommodations*

Build info : 1873, J. Simpson, Chatham, Ont.

Specs : 92x22 ft., 188 gc, 107 nc

Date of loss : 1882, Jun 10

Place of loss : near Serpent Isl., Meldrum Bay, N Channel

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none of 30

Carrying : lime and building materials

Detail : Discovered ablaze, beached and burned to a total loss while bound Midland, Ont. to Mamainse, Lake Superior.

Out of Chatham, owned by Appleton & Co.

Not lost on Thunder Bay, MI as sometimes stated

*one source calls her a schooner-barge. Her oscillating engine and boiler came from the prop ADELAIDE HORTON, lost at Kincardine in 1871.

Sources : polk,csv,mmgl,clu,slh,win,rp,es,rb,wa


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WILLIAM H. VANDERBILT

Other names : none often seen as W. H. VANDERBILT

Official no. : 26842

Type at loss : bark, wood, 3-mast

Build info : 1867, S. Tripp, Bay City

Specs : 169x35x12, 520n

Date of loss : 1883, Sep 24

Place of loss : E side of Long Point

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none of 10

Carrying : iron ore

Detail : Bound Escanaba for Buffalo, she was driven into shallows and wrecked, later pushed off into deep water. Long Pt. Canadian Lifesaving Service rescued crew from rigging. Wrecking schooner LOUISE removed much of her cargo in 1887. Reg. out of Buffalo, owned by S.L. Watson, Buffalo. Master: Capt. Mullen.

Rebuilt, 1871

Sources : vbs,polk,phr,nsp,h,ledc,eas,win,hgl,es


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VARADA

Other names : ?

Official no. : ?

Type at loss : steamer

Build info : ?

Specs : ?

Date of loss : 1915

Place of loss : Mineral Rock

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : ?

Detail : Burned and sunk, no detail.

Sources : gwgl not in mmgl


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VEGA

Other names : none

Official no. : 161706

Type at loss : propeller, steel, bulk freight

Build info : 1893, Globe Iron Works, Cleveland, OH hull# 52

Specs : 301X39x25, 2144g 1735n

Date of loss : 1905, Nov 29

Place of loss : Fox Islands

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none of 19

Carrying : iron ore

Detail : Bound for Gary, Ind., caught in the "Big Blow" of 1905 and hurled onto the rocks of South (North?) Fox Island, where she broke in two and was pounded to pieces. Master: Capt. A. M. Williams. Owner: Gilchrist Transportation Co., Cleveland.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : mv,ns1,eas,mol,lmdc,nsp,mpl


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VEGA

Other names : built as ST. PAUL, renamed A.J. COVILL in 1881, last name in 1886

Official no. : 22418

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

Build info : 1856, Lent, Erie, PA

Specs : 118x26x9, 200g 190n

Date of loss : 1905, Oct 20

Place of loss : at Ludington, MI

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : cordwood and slabs

Detail : Bound Cecil Bay for Milwaukee, thrown against pier and wrecked in the greatest storm of this decade. Ludington Lifesaving Service saved her crew. Her master, Capt. Jorgensen, was also part owner.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : ns1,mv,nsp,eas,h,mpl


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VELOCIPEDE

Other names : none

Official no. : 25848

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1869, J. Dickie, Menominee, MI as a sloop

Specs : 40x11x4, 10 t.

Date of loss : 1877, Apr 27

Place of loss : off Racine, WI

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 2 [all]

Carrying : light

Detail : Left Racine, WI for Muskegon in fair weather, but a severe squall blew up shortly after, and it developed into a big storm. After the sytorm had blown out, the shattered remains of this vessel were found 8 miles off Racine. No trace of her crew was ever found. She probably carried no lifeboat. Master: Capt. John Davis(d). Later towed into Kenosha and abandoned there.

Rebuilt in 1876

Sources : usls,hgl,bb,wls


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VELOCITY - See W.A. GLOVER


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VENICE

Other names : none

Official no. : 25556

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1847, Bagnall, Rochester, NY as a brig

Specs : 217 t.

Date of loss : 1879, Aug 16

Place of loss : Off Pelee Island Lighthouse

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : stranded

Loss of life : none reported

Carrying : ?

Detail : Stranded and wrecked. Reported 塗igh and dry by a passing skipper, who also reported 98 other vessels sheltering in the vicinity. Out of Toledo - owned by J. C Hazen

Vessel shown appears as schooner in '69 mvus and barge in '84 mvus

Sources : (mv),win,h,es,rsl,tbrc


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VENUS

Other names : none

Official no. : 61088

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1872, MacLeod, New Jerusalem, OH

Specs : 123 ft., 233g 221n

Date of loss : 1887, Oct 3

Place of loss : near mouth of Black R., S of Thunder Bay, MI

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 7 [all]

Carrying : grindstones

Detail : Foundered in gale with all hands. Owned out of Caseville by A.G. Stone.

Official no. is that of unrigged barge

Major repair in 1880 after stranding on Lake Michigan near North Manitou Island.

Sources : mv,eas,nsp,polk,slh,stb,h,lhdc,wb,hgl,usls


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VERANO

Other names : built as IDLER, renamed PAUL REESE II in 1933, VERANO in 1935

Official no. : 224830

Type at loss : gas screw yacht and sometime cargo carrier

Build info : 1925, Consolidated Shipbuilding, Morris Heights, NY

Specs : 88x16x8, 102g 69n

Date of loss : 1946, Aug 28

Place of loss : 8 mi N of S. Haven about a mile offshore

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : (storm)

Loss of life : ?

Carrying : ?

Detail : Foundered. Out of Milwaukee; owned by J. R. Baumgartner.

Wreck located by divers near Glen in Aug 1994.

Had a 600 hp engine - large for a tug this size.

Sources : eas,h,mpl,mv


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VERBENA MAY

Other names : also seen as MAY VERBENA

Official no. : C94913

Type at loss : propeller tug, wood

Build info : 1888, J. Trimble, Saugeen, Ont.

Specs : 38x12x5, 16gc 11nc

Date of loss : 1896, Aug 14

Place of loss : near Stokes Bay, west shore of Bruce Pen.

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : (storm)

Loss of life : none mentioned

Carrying : ?

Detail : Reported ahore and totally wrecked. Owned by T. A. Currie of Howdenvale, Ont.

Reg closed 1897. Later reported dismantled in 1937, her engine having gone into a sawmill.

Sources : mmgl,slh,hgl,mpl,wmn


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VERMILION or VERMILLION

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : (1814, Vermillion, Oh)

Specs : (47x16x6, 36 t.)

Date of loss : 1843 or 44

Place of loss : near Erie, Pa

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : (storm)

Loss of life : unk.

Carrying : 350 t. copper

Detail : The vessel was reported as foundered by papers in 1881-2, when a full fledged expedition to find her was begun. The searchers used what must be one of the earliest metal detectors ever used in salvage work, and found the wreck in early September, 1881 off the mouth of Erie harbor. The copper , worth $200,000, was recovered the next summer.

Vessel shown is only VERMILION of record, but appears to be too small for this 350 t. cargo. She was out of Detroit in 1824.

NOTE: A problem with this report is that there is no record of the loss, only the recoverey of the cargo in 1881-2.

Sources : nsp,wmn,wl,bb

 

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VERMILLION or VERMILION

Other names : later NEW ORLEANS(?)

Official no. : none

Type at loss : sidewheel steamer, wood

Build info : 1838, B.S. Goodsell, Vermilion, OH

Specs : 132x26x11, 385 t.

Date of loss : 1842, Nov 8

Place of loss : at Huron, OH

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : 5 at least, but probably more, as a number of passengers were apparently trapped belowdecks..

Carrying : barreled flour, fish and potash

Detail : Bound Detroit for Buffalo, she had put in at Huron and caught fire when two men were carrying a large tin of turpentine and spilled its contents on the deck above the boiler. The boat quickly turned in toan inferno. Her hawsers were burnt away a short time later and she drifted away from the dock. She burned to the waterline, but most of her crew and passengers either made it to the dock or were saved by the steamer CHICAGO. The fire which destroyed the steamer ERIE the previous year was also caused by a container of turpentine. Owned by Gelston & Evans [Northern Transportation Co.] of Buffalo.

She may have been recovered and part of her hull used in the steamer NEW ORLEANS.

Also reported burned at Detroit in Nov, 1842, with the loss of 5 lives.

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


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VERMONT

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1842, St. Clair, MI

Specs : 100 t.

Date of loss : 1855, Dec 9*

Place of loss : near Grand Haven, MI

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : lumber camp supplies and 100 bags of oats

Detail : Bound Chicago for Grand Haven in company with the schooner TELEGRAPH. The latter made it into port, but the wind changed as VERMONT was coming in and drove her ashore. Reported pounded to pieces, but she was also reported in the press to have been raised in 1859. Owner: C. B. Albee, Grand Haven.

*year also given as 1863, in error (see VERMONT below).

Sources : hgl,is,nsp


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VERMONT

Other names : none

Official no. : none

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

Build info : 1851, Ohio City, OH

Specs : 136x22x9, 257 t.

Date of loss : 1863, Nov 1

Place of loss : just east of Long Point

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : collision

Loss of life : none

Carrying : ?

Detail : She was sunk in a collision with the downbound propeller MARQUETTE. Very little information is available on the loss of this significant-sized steamer.

Burned at Grand River, on the Ontario side of L. Erie, Oct 26, 1852, with $22,000 damage.

Rebuilt at St. Catharines, Ont, in 1853, by A.D. Keating.

Sources : lhl,hgl,wl,nsp


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VERNON

Other names : none

Official no. : 161557

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

Build info : 1886, J.P. Smith, Chicago

Specs : 158x25x18, 560 t.

Date of loss : 1887, Oct 25

Place of loss : 6 mi NE of Two Rivers Point

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 36-41 with only one survivor

Carrying : gen freight

Detail : She foundered in a gale. The sole survivor was picked up on a small raft 2 days later. Most casualties died of exposure. Bound Mackinac Isl. & upper L. Mich ports for Chicago. Most contemporary reports of the number of casualties say about 50 were lost, but later reports revised the number downward. She had stopped at many small ports in Michigan on her way to Chicago from Cheboygan, Mich., so many of those who had embarked at those points were unknown. Master: Capt. Geo. Thorpe(d).

There were accusations at the time that she was overloaded, causing her cargo doors to be left open. These were confirmed in 1969 when the vessel was found.

When she came out, marine men said she was unstable, because of her narrow beam and high upperworks.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : eas,nsp,is(3-58)sol,lmdc,h,wb,hgl,usls,mpl,bb,es3-1


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VERNON

Other names : none

Official no. : 231734

Type at loss : fishing tug, propeller, wood

Build info : 1932, Kenosha, Wis

Specs : 33x10x4, 13g 9n

Date of loss : 1950, Aug 5

Place of loss : off Grand Marais, MI

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : collision

Loss of life : none

Carrying : none

Detail : Rammed and sunk in dense fog by freighter HARRY COLBY. COLBY picked up her crew.

Owned out of Sault Ste Marie by H. E. Rogers in 1946

Sources : gwgl,lssc,bb,mv,wls


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VERONA

Other names : none

Official no. : 25874

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

Build info : 1873, Quayle & Martin, Cleveland

Specs : 190x34x15, 728g 692n

Date of loss : 1904, Sep 3 (Sep 12 also given, in error)

Place of loss : at Toledo, OH

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none

Carrying : none

Detail : Burned to total loss at Mitchell & Rowland lumber yard. In spring of the same year she had been lifted bodily onto the yard property by a seiche. She was in the process of being refloated when a fire in the yard destroyed both the VERONA and the yard. Owner: J. C. Gilchrist.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : polk,mv,atl,mpl


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VERONICA - See MURIEL W


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VESTA

Other names :

Official no. : C

Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood

Build info : 1873,

Specs : 135 ft, 260 t.

Date of loss : 1905, Oct 17

Place of loss : Michael Bay, Manitoulin Isl.

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none

Carrying : lumber

Detail : Tow of steamer JUNO, was sheltering from a gale when she caught fire and burned to a total loss. Owned by W. J. Pulling of Windsor, Ont.

Maybe EUGENIA VESTA

Sources : nsp


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VIATOR

Other names :

Official no. : "L.F.G.H."

Type at loss : propeller, steel, package freight

Build info : 1904, Bodo, Norway

Specs : 241 ft, 619 t.

Date of loss : 1935, Oct 31

Place of loss : off Thunder Bay Island, MI

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : collision

Loss of life : none

Carrying : pickled herring and other fish products

Detail : Collided in fog with steamer ORMIDALE and sank.

Norwegian registry.

Sources : stb,win,slh,h,lhdc


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E. J. VICKERY

Other names : none

Official no. : 36268

Type at loss : canal boat, wood

Build info : before 1868

Specs : 123g

Date of loss : 1874, Aug 2

Place of loss : 8 to 10 mi NW of Oswego harbor mouth

Lake : Ontario

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : ashes

Detail : Bound Bay of Quinte, Ont., for Oswego, she broke loose from the tug C. P. MOREY in heavy seas. The tug towed her other consort in to Oswego and then returned to find the VICKERY. She was unable to locate the boat, but after several hours of scouring the area, she miraculously found the crew of two men and a boy, still alive. It turned out that the canal bout had foundered just a few moments before the MOREY arrived back in the area, and the crewmen had been trying to attract the attention of the tug ever since. The canal boat was owned by the skipper, Capt. Peterson, was worth only $1200 and was not insured for use on the lakes.

Sources : rp,nsp,wmn,mv

 

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MARIE VICTOIRE former entry removed pending more information


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VICTOR - See also SUNBEAM, VICTORY


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VICTOR

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1828, Buffalo

Specs : 51x17x5, 36 t.

Date of loss : 1839, late Nov, early Dec

Place of loss : near Pt. Abino

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : ca. 5 [all]

Carrying : ca. 4,000 bu wheat

Detail : Bound Chicago and Michigan City for Buffalo, she started out on Nov. 6, but was driven back to Chicago, where she was damaged coming into the harbor. She later started out again and passed Detroit, but was never seen again until some wreckage washed ashore near Tonawanda, NY, in September of the following year. Vessel owned at Buffalo, but part of her crew consisted of two shipmasters from Milwaukee.

Sources : hgl,wmn,wl

 

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VICTOR

Other names : *

Official no. : C

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1867, W.Andrews, Port Dalhousie, Ont.

Specs : 126x24x12, 320 t.

Date of loss : 1889, May 30

Place of loss : S of Sand Beach, MI or W of 40-mi Pt.,Straits

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : coal

Detail : Tow of the steamer C.W. CHAMBERLAIN, she broke loose in a gale and went ashore. She split in two lengthwise and became a total loss. Owned by Edward Brown, Hamilton, Ont. Master: Capt. James Ward.

She had a very similar accident in October, 1887.

USWB and Seaboard List gives date as May 30, 1888.

*may have been built as VICTORIA

Sunk by collision with the steambarge SYLVANUS J. MACY near Bar Point in Sep, 1881.

Major repairs in 1877 and 82

Sources : mmgl,eas,clu,nsp,slh,h,lhdc,is,wb,hgl,bb


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VICTORIA

Other names : none

Official no. : 25762*

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1862, W. Chisholm, Oakville, Ont.

Specs : 125x24x10, 238 t.

Date of loss : 1871, Oct 9

Place of loss : Ford痴 Shoal, near Oswego, NY

Lake : Ontario

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : ?

Detail : Bound Detroit for Oswego, stranded in a gale and pounded to pieces. Out of Oswego, NY.

Sold American in 1868.

* may have had dual registry, shows in both U.S. and Canadian records at the same time.

Sources : hgl,nsp,mmgl,bb


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VICTORIA

Other names : none

Official no. : C71235

Type at loss : sternwheeler, wood, excursion steamer*

Build info : 1880, L. Rodgers & T. Wastie, London, Ont.

Specs : 64x23x4, 44g 28n (80 ft oa)

Date of loss : 1881, May 24

Place of loss : London, Ont., Thames R.

Lake : Thames R

Type of loss : capsized

Loss of life : 181 of 600**

Carrying : passengers

Detail : The overloaded excursion vessel capsized when a mass of passengers moved to one side of her, reportedly to view a shell race (though this was refuted by newspaper reports of the day). She listed and rolled over, killing many, while more died in the collpse of her upperworks. She was rated for only 200 to 300 passengers.She had been ferrying revelers to Springbank park for Queen Victoria's birthday, and was on her final return trip of the day. Owner: Thames Navigation Co, Chatham. Master: Capt. Rankin.

Built on hull of riverboat ENTERPRISE.

*several sources show her as a propeller, but she was definitely a sternwheeler, with an enclosed wheel.

**over 200 names on casualty list published at the time

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : mmgl,hgl,is(4-59),csv,rp,nsp


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VICTORIA

Other names : none

Official no. : C 91947

Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood

Build info : 1891, W. Oelshlager, Port Elgin, Ont.

Specs : 31x7x3, 3gc 2nc

Date of loss : 1896, Aug 16

Place of loss : Cabot's Head, Georgian Bay

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : (storm)

Loss of life : none mentioned

Carrying : none

Detail : Foundered, no detail.

Out of Saugeen, Ont.

Registry closed in 1916, no reason given

Sources : hgl,slh,(mv),mmgl,bb,wmn


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VICTORY

Other names : also seen as VICTOR

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1835, L. Goler, Cape Vincent, NY

Specs : 80x20x8, 117 t.

Date of loss : 1844, Mar 28 or 29

Place of loss : unreported

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 8 or 7

Carrying : ?

Detail : Found wrecked after a storm by the schooner FUR TRADER [Capt. Ripley].

Sources : nsp,hgl,wmn,wl

 

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VIENNA

Other names : none

Official no. : 25875

Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight

Build info : 1873, Quayle & Martin, Cleveland

Specs : 191x34x14, 1006g 829n

Date of loss : 1892, Sep 16

Place of loss : Whitefish Bay

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : collision

Loss of life : none

Carrying : iron ore

Detail : Towing barge MATTIE C. BELL(qv) in fog, she was rammed broadside by the wooden propeller NIPIGON and went to bottom with a huge hole in her side. NIPIGON took her in tow, but she went down in 60 fathoms of water an hour later. Built for Cleveland Navigation Co. and registered out of Clevelant to the Orient Transportation Co. Master: Capt. J. W. Nicholson

Had an octagonal pilothouse

Wreck located in 1974.

Image from TBRC collection

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


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VIENNA

Other names : none

Official no. : C90558

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1871, L. McDermont, Port Burwell (also given as Geo. Suffel)

Specs : 102x24x9, 135gc 135nc

Date of loss : 1906, Oct 27

Place of loss : NNE of Thunder Bay Isl., MI

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : light

Detail : Foundered in gale. Crew picked up at height of storm by steel steamer SIR THOMAS SHAUGHNESSY just before she sank. Bound for Spanish R., Georgian Bay.

Out of Bowmanville, Ont.

Also wrecked at "Manitou Beach," near Oswego, in May, 1893, and expected to be a total loss.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : mmgl,stb,slh,ns1,nsp,win,hgl,mpl


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FRANK E. VIGOR

Other names : built as SIR WILLIAM SIEMENS, renamed WILLIAM B. PILKEY in 1929, last name in 1941.

Official no. : 116732

Type at loss : propeller, steel, bulk freight crane ship

Build info : 1896, Globe Iron Works, Cleveland hull# 67

Specs : 413x48x28, 4344g 3293n

Date of loss : 1944, Apr 27

Place of loss : Pelee Passage

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : collision

Loss of life : none of 32

Carrying : sulphur

Detail : Rammed near midships by the ore-laden steamer PHILIP MINCH. MINCH took her crew off before she rolled over and sank.

Registration at Wilmington, Del., Owned by Columbia Trans. Co., Cleve.

Converted to a crane ship in 1941 with the installation of two large cranes on her deck.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : ns4,mv,eas,sol,is,ledc,win,mpl,ew


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VIKING

Other names : none

Official no. : 205868

Type at loss : gas screw tug, wood, fishing

Build info : 1897, Washington Isl., WI

Specs : 37x10x6, 10g 9n

Date of loss : 1918, Sep 17

Place of loss : off Lester Park, near Duluth

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : collision

Loss of life : 2

Carrying : none

Detail : Cut between tug CHARLEY FERRIS and her towed scow AJAX and was rammed by the latter. Skipper was knocked overboard, engineer drowned as she sank to her decks. Towed into Duluth by FERRIS. Later rebuilt.

Out of Marquette.

Sources : mv,gwgl,lss


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JO VILAS

Other names : none

Official no. : 12767

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

Build info : 1857, Rand & Harbridge, Manitowoc, WI*

Specs : 107x26x9, 149 gt

Date of loss : 1876, Oct 9

Place of loss : midlake [30 miles out] abreast of Kenosha in 400 ft of water

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm/hull failure

Loss of life : none

Carrying : lumber

Detail : She waterlogged, capsized and sank in a gale. Her crew abandoned to a makeshift raft and drifted in the storm for 6 hours until picked up by the passing schooner ANDREW JACKSON. The JACKSON had to round to in a gale [a very risky maneuver] five times before she was able to pick up all of the men. Owned by G. Wiegland of Chicago. Master: Capt. Richard Johnson.

*Hull launched at Two Rivers, vessel completed at Manitowoc

Sources : bb,nsp,mv,cbt,wls


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VINCENNES

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1846, Black R., OH

Specs : 105x24x8, 185 t.

Date of loss : 1857, Nov 1

Place of loss : near St. Joseph, Mich

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : (storm)

Loss of life : none mentioned

Carrying : ?

Detail : Driven ashore and pounded to pieces. Worth about $2,500 at the time. Owned by Sims & Grey, Chicago

Sources : nsp,hgl,wl,rnc,wmn

 

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HATTIE VINTON

Other names : none

Official no. : C71222

Type at loss : propeller tug or supply boat, wood

Build info : 1870, Dunkirk, NY

Specs : 50x14x6, 55gc 45nc

Date of loss : 1900, Nov 7

Place of loss : at Maimanse Harbor, Ont.

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : "wrecked"

Loss of life : none mentioned

Carrying : ?

Detail : Reported wrecked - no detail. Owned by W. Grierson, Sault Ste Marie, Ont., in 1895 and probably still so in 1900.

Sold Can. 1875, but there is apparently no US official document or number for her before that date.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : csv,mmgl,wmhs

 

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VIOLA

Other names : none

Official no. : 61027

Type at loss : canal boat, wood

Build info : 1869 or earlier

Specs : 67 t.

Date of loss : 1871, Jun 17

Place of loss : 20 mi W of Cleveland

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : (storm)

Loss of life : none

Carrying : minstrel show equip.

Detail : Broke loose from tow of prop MICHIGAN and wrecked, total loss. Minstrels from the show had stayed aboard the steamer. They had been bound for Toledo to do a show, but lost all of their equipment.

Sources : nsp,mv,wmn


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VIOLET

Other names : none

Official no. : 161617

Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood, fishing

Build info : 1890, E. Heath, Benton Harbor, MI

Specs : 48x13x6, 18g 9n

Date of loss : 1910, Dec 24

Place of loss : off Charlevoix, MI

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none of 5

Carrying : none

Detail : Foundered. Commercial fisher.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : mv,h,phr,hcgl


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VIOLET G.

Other names : none

Official no. : C138009

Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood

Build info : 1917, Rossport, Ont.

Specs : 51x16x6, 37g 25n

Date of loss : 1927, Jul 21

Place of loss : Port Arthur, Ont. (Thunder Bay)

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : collision

Loss of life : none

Carrying : none

Detail : Pushed against Booth Dock and crushed by steamer AMERICA.

Reg out of Port Arthur

Sources : win,mmgl,gwgl,is,lss,bb


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VIRAGO

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood

Build info : 1848, Fairport, OH

Specs : 87x22x6, 112 t.

Date of loss : 1854, Apr 10

Place of loss : E of Peninsula Point, near Sandusky, OH

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : coal

Detail : Drove into the shallows in a gale. She withstood the pounding for quite some time, but finally went to pieces.

Sources : nsp,hgl,wl,wmn

 

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VIRGINIA

Other names : none

Official no. : none

Type at loss : brig, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1837, Erie, Pa.

Specs : 160 t.

Date of loss : 1855, Nov (3)

Place of loss : off Long Point

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : (storm)

Loss of life : none

Carrying : lumber

Detail : She sprung a leak and water-logged off Long Point, a total loss. Owned by H. C. Wright, Buffalo or Oswego.

Probably the vessel which went ashore on Charland Pier, L Erie, in Dec of 1854.

Rebuilt, 1848.

Sources : jm,hgl,wmn,bb

 

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VIRGINIA

Other names : built on the bottom of the old schooner OREGON

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1854, G.L. Dickenson, Henderson, NY

Specs : 170 t. om

Date of loss : 1860, May 31

Place of loss : Hen & Chickens Reef, west end of the lake

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : stranded

Loss of life : none

Carrying : corn

Detail : The downbound schooner VIRGINIA ran on the reef and was tightly stranded. Though the tug RED ERIC worked on her for several days,recovering part of her cargo and rigging, she was eventually destroyed by waves.

Out of Oswego, NY

Sources : nsp,bb,rp,wmn,jm


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VISION

Other names : none

Official no. : C72570

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1864, L. Harris, Dog Lake, Ont. as a sloop

Specs : 73x17x6, 65gc 57nc

Date of loss : 1883, Nov 12*

Place of loss : 1 mi E of Oswego harbor entrance

Lake : Ontario

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : barley

Detail : Inbound for Oswego, she foundered in gale after striking bottom several times in an attempt to get into the harbor. Her crew was rescued by local lifesavers. Master: Capt. Tyo. Owned by Capt. Tyo and James Thompson, Kingston.

*year also given as 1885

Rebuilt, 1873

Sources : mmgl,h,wl,eb,wmn


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VISITOR

Other names : ?

Official no. : none

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : ?

Specs : small

Date of loss : 1855, May 16

Place of loss : off W Sister Isl.

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : 1 of 2

Carrying : stone

Detail : Foundered at night while bound for Toledo. Her small crew clung to the tip of her mast until it broke off and her skipper drowned. The schooner ANDOVER finally maneuvered in and took the survivor off in a difficult rescue. Owned by Capt. Bordman of Port Clinton, OH. Master: Capt. Elbridge Parker, who died in the wreck.

Sources : hgl,ledc,nsp,wmn,rp


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VIXEN

Other names : none

Official no. : C71228

Type at loss : propeller tug, wood fish tug

Build info : 1886, Hill, Drummond Isl., Mich

Specs : 48x13x5, 68gc 53nc

Date of loss : 1916-17, winter

Place of loss : Cockburn Island, North Channel

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : sunk

Loss of life : none mentioned

Carrying : ?

Detail : Foundered near Cockburn I. dock. Owned by C. Monck, Cockburn Isl.

Sold Canadian in 1889.

Owned by Georgian Bay Fish Co. in 1903.

Sources : mmgl,wl,hr

 

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VOLUNTEER

Other names : none

Official no. : 25669

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1863, Pierson, Ogdensburg, NY

Specs : 72x18x6, 52g 50n

Date of loss : 1893, Oct 14

Place of loss : off Grindstone City, MI

Lake : Huron

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : lumber

Detail : Struck a reef and foundered in a heavy gale. Later broke up.

Maybe same vessel as previous entry

Sources : mv,hgl,phr,wb


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VOLUNTEER

Other names : none

Official no. : 161607

Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1889, J. Allen, Saganing, MI

Specs : 50x17x4, 31g 29n

Date of loss : 1896, Jul 15

Place of loss : 4 mi W of Au Sable Point

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : ?

Detail : She was driven ashore by a NW gale and pounded to pieces. Owned by Beams, Grand Marais, and often used to haul lumbering supplies to the camps.

Sources : mv,hgl,vbs,slh,h,bb,df,cpl


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VOLUNTEER

Other names :

Official no. : 161862

Type at loss : schooner,wood, 2-mast

Build info : 1899, Traverse City, Mich

Specs : 49x17x4, 23g 20n

Date of loss : 1904, Oct 1

Place of loss : Good Harbor, Mich

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : stranded

Loss of life : none of 3

Carrying : ?

Detail : Stranded and a total loss. Out of Grand Haven

Sources : mv,hr,tbrc

 

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ANNIE VOUGHT

Other names : none also seen as ANNIE VOIGHT

Official no. : 1588

Type at loss : schooner, wood

Build info : 1867, Bailey Bros., Fairport, OH as a bark

Specs : 199x36x14, 680g 666n

Date of loss : 1892, Nov 21

Place of loss : N side of S. Manitou Isl.

Lake : Michigan

Type of loss : storm

Loss of life : none

Carrying : coal

Detail : Blown on rocks and destroyed after having broken loose from the steamer INTER-OCEAN in heavy weather. Lifesaving Service rescued the 8-person crew by breeches buoy, with the aid of the revenue cutter JOHNSON. Bound Buffalo for Milwaukee.

Cargo partially recovered. Out of Buffalo

She was ashore on Spectacle Reef and expected to become a total loss in December, 1867. Heavily damaged in a storm-driven collision with the bark BUTCHER BOY in September, 1872.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : mv,is(1-61),gs,h,nb,hgl,mpl,usls,nsp


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VULCAN

Other names : none

Official no. : 25760

Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood

Build info : 1868, Campbell & Owen, Detroit hull# 6

Specs : 134x22x13, 249g 158n

Date of loss : 1883, Jun 7*

Place of loss : 2 miles below Cedar Point, near Sandusky, OH

Lake : Erie

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none of 14

Carrying : towing a raft of logs

Detail : Bound Saginaw for Cleveland, she caught fire around her engine while well offshore, burned to the hull and sank. Her crew took to her small boat and made it to Vermilion, Oh. , and the tug's still-burning hull was towed there as well, where it was allowed to sink. Out of Detroit, owned by Alger, Smith & Co. Master: Capt. Wm. Rolls.The hull was later raised so that the engine and boiler could be removed.

*year is also given as 1882, in error.

500 hp engine

Sister of famous tug CHAMPION(qv), she was known for riding herd on huge rafts of lumber in the 1870's.

Image from TBRC collection

Sources : mv,polk,atl,slh,lhl,hgl,usls,mpl,es,nsp,hcgl,is(55),nsp