Great Lakes Shipwrecks F

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F. & P.M. NO. 2 - See DUNDURN

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F. & P.M. NO. 3 - See PERE MARQUETTE 3

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F. & P.M. NO. 4 - See PERE MARQUETTE 4

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FABIOLA
Other names : built as ROYAL OAK, renamed, 1876
Official no. : C72577
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1852, Oakville, Ont.
Specs : 95x22x9 , 150g 131n
Date of loss : 1900, Oct 23
Place of loss : off False Ducks Isls.
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : coal
Detail : Downbound from Oswego, NY, she foundered, probably in a storm
May have originally been the ROYAL OAK which sunk at Port Stanley in 1856 and was later recovered.
Rebuilt 1862, 1876
Sources: mmgl,osdo,hgl,do

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FAIR AMERICAN
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1804, Oswego, NY
Specs : 64 ft., 83 t.
Date of loss : 1818, Oct
Place of loss : off mouth of Salmon R.
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : (storm)
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Wrecked. Worth about $1,000 at time of loss.
Purchased by the U.S. govt and armed with 2 guns in 1812, and sailed with Perry's Fleet. Returned to commercial service about 1814.
Sources: hgl,is,asn

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N.K. FAIRBANK
Other names : also shown as N.K. FAIRBANKS
Official no. : 130033
Type at loss : propeller, wood, freighter
Build info : 1875, W. Morley, Marine City
Specs : 205x37x11 980g 831n
Date of loss : 1895, May 3
Place of loss : Morgan Point, near Port Colborne. Ont.
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : corn
Detail : Bound Chicago for Ogdensburg, NY, she ran aground in smoke, then caught fire and "burned up." Declared a total loss., but later recovered by Canadians, rebuilt as ELIZA H. STRONG(qv)
Location also given as Potaganissing Bay, 8 mi from Detour, MI
Also heavily damaged in fire on Lake Erie in 1885.
Sources: nsp,ledc,lhdc,slh,wb,hgl

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H.S. FAIRCHILD
Other names : none also seen as H.S. FAIRCHILDS, H.L. FAIRCHILD
Official no. : 11136
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1857, Geo. Hardison, Charlotte, NY as a bark (year also given in error as 1847)
Specs : 136 ft, 347 t. 287n
Date of loss : 1871, Oct 6
Place of loss : off the tip of Long Point
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : none
Carrying : wheat
Detail : Bound Milwaukee for Buffalo, she collided with schooner HARVEST HOME on a dark night and quickly sank.
Homeport: Buffalo
Converted from bark to schooner about 1870.
Major repairs in 1864
Sources: is,mv,hgl,nsp,rsl

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FAIRFIELD
Other names : ?
Official no. : ? (former Canadian)
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1846, L. Shickluna, Niagara, Ont.
Specs : (128x26x11) 199 t. [223 t. old meas.]
Date of loss : 1869, Sep 29
Place of loss : at Bailey’s Harbor, WI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : (none)
Carrying : light
Detail : Inbound for Bailey’s Harbor to pick up a cargo of wood, she ran on a reef just outside the harbor and pounded heavily. She broke up over the next few days.
Out of Chicago
In U.S. registry by 1864
Major repairs in 1856,61
Sources: hgl,nsp,mv,rsl,mdwl

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FAIRPORT - See also BAYPORT, TECUMSEH

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FAIRPORT
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : sidewheel steamer, wood, passenger & package freight
Build info : 1838, G. Miles, Fairport, OH
Specs : 136x23x9, 259 t.
Date of loss : 1844, Oct 18 or Oct 12
Place of loss : off Algonac, MI
Lake : St Clair R
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : Reported burned to total loss, but hull probably actually recovered and rebuilt to sidewheeler TECUMSEH (qv) at Algonac, MI.
Stranded and lost near Buffalo, Nov 14, 1850.
Out of Buffalo.
Sources: eas,lhl,hgl,st,nsp

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FALCON
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : propeller, wood, passenger & package freight
Build info : 1853, J.L. Wolverton, Detroit
Specs : 199x30x12, 664 t.
Date of loss : 1856, Oct 18
Place of loss : Chicago R.
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : grain
Detail : Burned to a total loss on the river, then sank. Her hulk remained locked in the ice all winter. She was raised in May of 1857 by tugs CALEB CUSHING and TARLETON JONES and resunk several miles out in the lake.
Owned by Western Transportation Co.
Sources: nsp,lhl,wl,eas,
ctw

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FALCON
Other names : none
Official no. : 9190
Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood
Build info : 1853, Bailey, Racine, WI
Specs : 97x25x9, 126 t. [183 t. om]
Date of loss : 1869, Oct 5
Place of loss : at Cleveland
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : shingles and lath
Detail : Bound Alpena for Cleveland, she sheered off while coming into the harbor and struck the end of the west pier. She was brought around to the side and tied up, but broke away and went ashore, where she pounded to pieces.
Major repair in 1861
Sources: nsp,hgl,mv,bb,rsl,mdwl

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FALCON
Other names : built as steamer KATE BUTTIRONI, renamed 1901
Official no. : 14393
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight
Build info : 1881, G. Koenig [aka King], Marine City, MI
Specs : 174x31x20 865g 693n
Date of loss : 1909, Nov 7
Place of loss : shore of S. Fox Isl.
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying :
iron ore
Detail : Bound Escanaba for East Jordan, Mich, she was driven aground in a gale and went to pieces. Her crew made it ashore in her yawl.
Drove ashore while running at speed near the same spot in August of 1905.
Sources: eas,mv,nsp,ns1,mpl
,hcgl

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ANNIE FALCONER
Other names : none
Official no. : C83285
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1867, G. Thurston, Kingston, Ont.
Specs : 107x24x9, 201g, 175n.
Date of loss : 1904, Nov 12
Place of loss : off South Bay Point, near Amherst Isl.
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 1
Carrying : coal
Detail : She swamped and sank in a storm. Her crew made it safely to Amherst I. on their own in 5.5 hours, but mate later died of exposure. Bound Sodus, New York for Kingston, Ont.
Owned by her skipper, Capt. M. Ackerman of Picton.
Stranded and declared a total loss on L. Ont., Oct 14, 1893.
Rebuilt, 1881
Wreck surveyed by S.O.S. and others in 1982-3.
Sources: csqw,ns1,h,mmgl,wb,win,mpl,do

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FALLING WATERS
Other names : ?
Official no. : ?
Type at loss : steamer, wood, passenger
Build info : ?
Specs : ?
Date of loss : 1875
Place of loss : ?
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : no detail
Sources: is not in '69 mv, mmgl

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FALMOUTH
Other names : built as TURNER & KELLER, renamed in 1876
Official no. : 24984
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast
Build info : 1873, Hanson & Scove, Manitowoc
Specs : 234 t.
Date of loss : 1880, Nov 21
Place of loss : harbor mouth at Buffalo
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 1
Carrying : wheat
Detail : While attempting to enter the harbor in a storm, she was driven into the breakwater and sank. Bound Toledo, OH, for Oswego.
Sources: h,hgl,usls,mpl

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FAME
Other names : none
Official no. : 9213
Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood, 3-mast
Build info : 1853, J. Wolverton, Detroit as a bark
Specs : 156x26x10, 282g 267n
Date of loss : 1887, Oct
Place of loss : near the Harbor Entrance at Presque Isle, MI
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Driven ashore and wrecked. Some of her timbers and fittings later became part of the old Presque Isle lighthouse.
Lengthened 24 feet over the winter of 1853-4.
Stranded at Goderich, Ont, in Oct, 1854 and pulled off the following spring.
Stranded at Thunder Bay, MI in May, 1856
Struck by lightning in June of 1856 while all of her crew were trying to take in sail. All 10 injured, some seriously.
Collided with the bark SUNSHINE in Nov, 1856, on Lake Erie, with significant damage.
Collided with another vessel in Chicago harbor in 1857 with significant damage.
Capsized in a squall on August 17, 1858, 6 miles off Monroe, MI, Lake Erie. Her crew were rescued, but the owner’s nine-year old son floated off into the night on a plank. He was finally picked up 70 hours later, alive but suffering from exposure. Out of Sandusky, OH, at that time, owned by William Blosier.
Ashore at Eagle Harbor. Lake Superior, in August of 1863, and struck by lightning while being towed back to her homeport, Detroit. Owned by E.W. Hudson.
Sunk in a collision near Chicago in November, 1865.
Ashore on S. Manitou in May of 1866 with heavy damage. At least three other damaging accidents including a collision during 1866.
Damaged in a collision on Lake Huon in Sep, 1867.
Rerigged as a lumber barge in 1871.
Sprang a leak and sank at Sand Beach, MI, in 1885
As many as three other accidents.
Sources: mv,slh,nsp,letter,lhdc,hgl,usls,ledc

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FARMER - See MAZEPPA

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FARMER'S DAUGHTER
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : schooner, wood,
2-mast
Build info : 1816, Sandy Creek
Specs : 59
x16x5,, 39 t.
Date of loss : unreported
Place of loss : unreported
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : (storm)
Loss of life : all
Carrying : ?
Detail : Went missing with all hands.
Sources: is,
rp

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JAMES P. FARNUM - See JOSEPH P. FARNUM

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JOSEPH P. FARNAN
Other names : reports of loss of JAMES P. FARNUM are same boat, also seen as JOSEPH P. FARMAN
Official no. : 76691
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight "steambarge"
Build info : 1887, W. Radcliffe, Cleveland
Specs : 152x33x10, 410 t.
Date of loss : 1889, Jul 20
Place of loss : NW of Benton Harbor, MI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : light
Detail : Bound St. Joseph for Escanaba, she caught fire and burned to a total loss 15 miles offshore. South Haven Lifesaving Service crew commandeered the steamer GLENN to tow them out to the site, where all 12 of those aboard were saved.
Out of Cleveland.
Sources: nsp,h,lmdc,wb,hgl,sb,mpl

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RAY S. FARR
Other names : built as D. NEWHALL or DAN NEWHALL, name changed in 1882
Official no. : 6135
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1864, Jones, Buffalo
Specs : 100 ft., 129gt 123nt
Date of loss : 1886, Dec 1
Place of loss : near Michigan City, Ind.
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none, but several crew members lost limbs to frostbite
Carrying : Slabs
Detail : Bound Muskegon for Chicago, she foundered in a frigid NE gale after becoming overladen with ice topside. Her crew made it to shore through the ice field in her yawl.
Out of Muskegon.
Loss also reported (in error) as being at S. Manitou.
Stranded with heavy damage at Buffalo in 1857.
Major repairs in 1861,82 and 83
Sources: mv,nsp,h,wb,nb,hgl,sb,mpl,eas

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C.M. FARRAR
Other names : none
Official no. : 4263
Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood
Build info : 1856, G. Notter, Buffalo
Specs : 51x13x7 17 gt 12 nt
Date of loss : 1876, Sep 6
Place of loss : near Port Huron, MI
Lake : St. Clair R.
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : none
Carrying : none
Detail : Struck a snag and sank in shallow water. Not deemed repairable, but recovered after a couple of years (
some reports say she was pulled off right away). In service until 1889.
Suffered a boiler explosion and fire that almost destroyed her and killed three crew, Jun 22, 1873.
Homeport in 1869: Manistee
Sources: mv,lhl,slh,hgl,st,
nsp

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JESSE H. FARWELL - See JAMES W. FOLLETTE

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FASHION
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : sidewheel steamer, wood, passenger & package freight
Build info : 1847, Pangborn, Algonac
Specs : 160x25x8, 324 t.
Date of loss : 1856, Nov
Place of loss : off Bayfield, Ont.
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : "lost"
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : no detail
Ashore near Chicago for several weeks in summer of 1854 and near Kewaunee, WI, in the fall of the same year.
Sources: slh,lhl,hgl,nsp

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THEODORE S. FASSETT - See J.L. CRANE

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FAUSTIN
Other names : built as E.M. FOSTER, later EDWARD H. JENKS(qv)
Official no. : C85471
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight "rabbit"
Build info : 1882, D. Foster, Port Dover, Ont. C# 85471
Specs : 123x24x10, 256g 166n
Date of loss : 1912, Sep 4 (May 15, 1910 also given)
Place of loss : off Bar Point, approach to Detroit R. mouth
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : (storm)
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Sunk.
Stranded SE of Pte Aux Barques, Lake Huron in October of 1888 and released the next spring.
Had a fatal accident in August of 1891, as JENKS(qv), and lay on the bottom near Ballard’s Reef, Lake Erie for 9 years until raised and rebuilt in 1900.
One source shows her as abandoned in 1912.
Sold U.S. 1888 as stranded [US#136048]. Resold Canadian in 1909. May have been resold American before her loss.
Sources: mv,eas,ledc,mpl
,hcgl

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FAVORITE
Other names : ?
Official no. : none
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1837, Perrysburg, OH
Specs : 150 gt
Date of loss : 1845
Place of loss : about 5 miles north of "the Dummy"
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : unknown
Loss of life : all hands
Carrying : whiskey & other liquors
Detail : Bound Buffalo for Toledo, she went missing with all hands en route. The tug DAVE AND MOSE found what was thought to be her hulk while searching for the sunken tug OSWEGO in 1887. Another wrecker, from Monroe, MI, claimed to have salvaged her cargo, worth $300,000, in 1882.
Sources: nsp,hgl,es

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FAVORITE
Other names : also seen as FAVORIGHT
Official no. : 9795
Type at loss : propeller, wood, (fish tug)
Build info : 1868, G. Carpenter, Bangor, MI as a schooner
Specs : 55x14x5, 24 t.
Date of loss : 1875
Place of loss : unreported
Lake : (Huron)
Type of loss : (storm)
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : No detail. Document surrendered at Port Huron Nov 14, 1877 annotated "wrecked in 1875."
Rebuilt from a schooner to a prop in 1874
Sources: phr,vbs

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FAVORITE
Other names : none
Official no. : 9201
Type at loss : propeller tug, wood, wrecker [twin screw]
Build info : 1864, W.H. Wolf, Fort Howard, WI
Specs : 139x29x8, 409g 351n
Date of loss : 1907, Jan 9
Place of loss : at St. Ignace, MI
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : none
Detail : After a long career as a freighter, wrecker and tug, she caught fire at her winter berth and burned to a total loss. Cause of the fire was never determined, but there is speculation that it was arson.
Sources: ssm,mpl,mv,rsl

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FAVORITE
Other names : ?
Official no. : ?
Type at loss : gas screw packet
Build info : 1927, Chassel, MI
Specs : 33 ft., 11 t.
Date of loss : 1947, May 29
Place of loss : NE shore of Presque Isle, NW of Marquette, MI
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : Went off course in heavy weather and grounded, then broken up by storm waves. A small CG boat grounded trying to rescue her 1 crewman, USCG WOODRUSH finally affected the rescue.
Sources: gwgl,lss,

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FAVOURITE - See CITY OF PARRY SOUND

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FAWN
Other names : none
Official no. : 120435
Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood
Build info : 1875, Ft. Howard, WI as a steam yacht
Specs : 50x19x9, 37g 18n
Date of loss : 1888, Aug 8
Place of loss : Death's Door Passage
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : lumber
Detail : Foundered in a storm.
Homeport: Marquette
Also reported as foundered off Sheboygan, Aug, 1887.
Sources: mv,h,lmdc,wb,hgl,bb

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T.S. FAXTON
Other names : none
Official no. : 145020
Type at loss : propeller, wood, passenger & package freight
Build info : 1874, Simon Johnston, Clayton, NY
Specs : 120x23x8 154g 92n
Date of loss : 1901, Oct 20
Place of loss : Marine City, MI
Lake : St Clair R
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : Burned to a total loss at the Stave Co. dock. Origin of the fire is unknown.
Document surrendered as total loss in Nov, 1901, but her hull was recovered and rebuilt as EDWARD P RECOR with new official number (US#136991).
Sources: ns1,nsp,mv,mpl,hcgl

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JOSEPH S. FAY
Other names : none
Official no. : 75315
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight
Build info : 1871, Quayle & Martin, Cleveland
Specs : 216x34x16 1221g 1110n
Date of loss : 1905, Oct 19
Place of loss : 40-mile Point, NW of Rogers City, MI
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 1 (official sources say none)
Carrying : coal
Detail : Struck by gale while upbound with the schooner-barge D.P. RHODES in tow. The heaving barge ripped the stern off the freighter. By running full ahead, FAY was able to keep her from filling while she was run up on the beach. She was later broken up by wave action. Bound for Chicago. Newspaper and other sources say her mate died.
Major repair in 1883
Sources: nsp,eas,gs,slh,sol,ns1,h,mv,lh,mpl,hcgl

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FEARLESS
Other names : none
Official no. : C71171
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1873, T. Allen, Kingston
Specs : 117x24x10, 172gc 172nc
Date of loss : 1875, Nov 14
Place of loss : 3 mi E of Toronto Lighthouse
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 1
Carrying : 307 t. coal
Detail : After being blown about for two days and damaged in her rigging in a terrific gale and blizzard, she dropped anchor. She dragged ashore and broke up. Her skipper tried to make it to shore for help alone in a tiny yawl and was drowned. The rest of the crew spent a horrible night aboard the schooner and were rescued in the morning.
There was hope that the vessel would be rescued, but she was destroyed by a sorm in April of the next year..
Registered out of Hamilton to Folger Bros.
Built on bottom of 1857 US schooner D. McINNES by Allen.
Sources: win,clu,mmgl,rp,
nsp

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FEARLESS
Other names : none
Official no. : 120004
Type at loss : schooner, wood, lumber
Build info : 1867, J. W. Brown, Ferrysburg, MI
Specs : 120x24x8, 165gt, 156nt
Date of loss : 1906, Sep 13
Place of loss : near Epoufette, MI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : (storm)
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Wrecked, no detail.
Sources: polk,mv,nsp

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FEDORA
Other names : none
Official no. : 120746
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight
Build info : 1889, F.W. Wheeler, W Bay City hull #48
Specs : 282x41x20 1848g 1476n
Date of loss : 1901, Sep 20
Place of loss : off Red Cliff, WI, in Chequamegon Bay
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : light
Detail : Bound Duluth for Ashland, WI, she caught fire offshore from exploding engine room lantern. Run onto the beach about 5 mi N of Bayfield, WI, where she burned to a total loss.
Owned by Great Lakes Steamship Co., Cleve., who had recently purchased her.
Sources: is(1-71),sbs,gwgl,is,sol,ns1,mv,mpl
,hcgl

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E. FEE (or E. FIE)
Other names : built as schooner LUCY KING, renamed in 1877
Official no. : C71148
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1869, Wilson King, Bangor, MI [US#15642]
Specs : 58x17x6, 37gc 37nc
Date of loss : 1877, Nov 9
Place of loss : Chantry Island, near Southampton, Ont.
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Driven ashore by a westerly gale and wrecked. Registered out of Goderich, Ont.
1st Canadian registry, 1877.
Merchant Vessels erroneously shows LUCY KING built at Bangor, Maine.
Sources: mmgl,h,win

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KATE FELCHER
Other names : also seen as KATE FLETCHER
Official no. : ?
Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood
Build info : 1868, C. Wheeler, Saginaw, MI
Specs : 38x10 10g
Date of loss : 1870, Nov 23*
Place of loss : Saginaw River at Saginaw
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : none
Detail : Destroyed by fire at her dock at Saginaw City. She was insured for more than twice her value.
Owned by F. Wheeler and W. Garbatt, Saginaw. She had been built for Geo. Felcher.
*Also reported as having occurred in 1887. She was scutted to put the 1870 fire out, and it is possible that she was recovered and continued to operate as an unregistered inland vessel.
Not in '69 or '84 mvus.
Sources: vbs,slh,sbs,nsp

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FELLOW CRAFT
Other names : none
Official no. : C71275
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast
Build info : 1873, D. Foster, Port Burwell, Ont. as a bark
Specs : 115x26x10, 209gc 209nc
Date of loss : 1891, Nov 25
Place of loss : Kettle Point
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Driven ashore and wrecked.
Also reported ashore with heavy damage at Bar Pt, 1873.
Sources: polk,nsp,hgl,mmgl

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FERGUSON
Other names : ?
Official no. : ?
Type at loss : barge or schooner-barge, wood
Build info : ?
Specs : ?
Date of loss : 1886
Place of loss : Tawas Bay, just off E. Tawas
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : "lost"
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : no detail
Sources: slh

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DAVID FERGUSON
Other names : none
Official no. : 6098
Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1853, G. Barber, Port Huron, MI as a brig
Specs : 130x27x10 223g 212n
Date of loss : 1907, Fall
Place of loss : (unreported)
Lake : (Huron)
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : Mauled and dismasted by storm. Made it to port, but beyond repair and declared a constructive total loss. [Abandoned in the Saginaw R., near W. Bay City, MI, remains still there]
Built as brig, converted to a fore-and-after in 1865.
Stranded near Kincardine, Ont. Oct 16, 1871 & declared a total loss.
Rebuilt in 1861, major repairs in 1870
Sources: ns1,mv,win,nsp

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FERN
Other names : none
Official no. : 120527
Type at loss : propeller wrecking tug, wood
Build info : 1882, Hemenger, Algonac, MI
Specs : 65x18x6 48g 35n
Date of loss : 1901, Jun 29
Place of loss : off Eagle River, MI, Keweenaw
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 5 [all] Capt. Hemenger, her builder, was among the lost.
Carrying : salvaged gear
Detail : Working in shallow water on the wreck of the propeller COLORADO when she was hit by a sudden storm and sank, a total loss.
Sources: is(1-71),gwgl,is,h,mv,lss,nsp,phr

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B.F. FERRIS
Other names : none
Official no. : 2721
Type at loss : sidewheel steamer, wood, freighter
Build info : 1870, J Monk, Sandusky, OH
Specs : 125x22x8 168g 93n
Date of loss : 1891
Place of loss : Off Caseville, MI, Saginaw Bay
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Caught fire while leaving Caseville, burned to the waterline and sank, a total loss. Schooner PILOT(qv) struck her wreck and was lost in 1896.
An erroneous report says she was burned off Keweenaw Pt. in 1893.
Sources: mv,nsp,slh,mv,www,hgl

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FERRY - See also MAJOR N. H. FERRY

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E.P. FERRY
Other names : none
Official no. : 8981
Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood
Build info : 1873, Gregory, Chicago
Specs : 67x15x8 36g 18n
Date of loss : 1900, Jan 28
Place of loss : Duluth, MN
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : none
Detail : Burned to a total loss at her winter moorings.
major repair in 1878
Sources: is(1-71),gwgl,lss

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THOMAS W. FERRY
Other names : none
Official no. : 24904
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast
Build info : 1872, J. Jones, Detroit
Specs : 180x30x16, 572 t.
Date of loss : 1880, Nov 17
Place of loss : Beaver Islands
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Driven ashore and stranded. Hogged and declared total loss by the 25th. Probably out of Detroit.
Sources: nsp,mv,jb

------------------------------------------------------ 3463
C.L. FICK
Other names : none also seen as C.L. FISK
Official no. : 33668
Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood
Build info : 1867, Burke, Trenton
Specs : 97x23x7, 90g 85n
Date of loss : 1894, Oct 15
Place of loss : near Stoney Lake, MI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : Riding out storm at anchor when her hook slipped and she was driven ashore. Total loss.
Also ashore and wrecked in 1883 or 4.
Sources: nsp,hgl,mv,polk,phr

------------------------------------------------------ 1004
A.S. FIELD
Other names : also seen in error as A.S. FIELDS
Official no. : none
Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood
Build info : 1853, L. Lavayea, Buffalo
Specs : 93x17x8, 115 t.
Date of loss : 1860, Jul 6
Place of loss : at Detroit at the foot of Bates St.
Lake : Detroit R.
Type of loss : explosion
Loss of life : 5 of 7
Carrying : none
Detail : She had just gotten up steam preparatory to heading to the mouth of the river to pick up the bark GREAT WEST for a tow, when her boiler exploded, destroying the tug, killing 5 and injuring two others aboard the tug and three on the nearby schooner BAY STATE. Fragments of the tug were blasted up to 2,000 feet in all directions.
Owned by S.B. Grummond of Detroit.
She was raised in late July with an eye to rebuilding her, but was found to be in a hopeless state.
Sources: eas,sol,is,hdm,lhl,hgl,nsp,wl

------------------------------------------------------ 1005
D.L. FILER
Other names : none
Official no. : 35311
Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood, 2-mast, bulk freight
Build info : 1871, V. Barlow, Manistee as 3-mast schooner
Specs : 157x30x10 357g 339n
Date of loss : 1916, Oct 19
Place of loss : 3.5 mi E of Bar Point Light
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 6 of 7
Carrying : coal
Detail : Trying to make Detroit in tow
of the prop TEMPEST, she was left at anchor, broke up and went down in the "Black Friday Storm." Bound Buffalo for Saugatuck. Registered out of Michigan City.
Stranded and thought to be a total loss off Racine in 1898 - crew saved by USLS.
Sources: eas,gsgl,sol,ns2,ledc,win,mpl,do2
,hcgl

------------------------------------------------------ 1006
MILLARD FILLMORE
Other names : none
Official no. : 16395
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1856, Bidwell & Banta, Buffalo
Specs : 139 ft., 292g 277n
Date of loss : 1891, Aug
Place of loss : off Rogers (now Rogers City, MI)
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : (storm)
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : pig iron
Detail : "Sank", and reportedly too old and decrepit to bother recovering. Salvagers worked for several weeks to remove her cargo.
Rebuilt 1864-5 at Buffalo
Major repair, 1864,78
Sources: mv,slh,is,lhdc,hgl,rsl

------------------------------------------------------ 3327
WILLIAM FINCH
Other names : none
Official no. : 80696
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1878, D. Smith, South Haven
Specs : 48x17x5, 49g 47n
Date of loss : 1900, Nov 9
Place of loss : near Egg Harbor, Green Bay
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : Wrecked in a storm. Her crew was rescued.
Sources: nsp,polk,hgl,mpl

------------------------------------------------------ 1007
FINGLO
Other names : later rebuilt as H.J.D. No.1
Official no. : C152501
Type at loss : propeller, (steel?), (tug?)
Build info : 1925, Port Stanley, Ont.
Specs : 77x21x
8 83gc
Date of loss : 1941, Jun
Place of loss : at Toronto
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Destroyed by fire in the harbor. Declared total loss, but later rebuilt as above at Toronto Dry Dock.
Scuttled in 1961.
Sources: mmgl,csv(s2), ,hcgl

------------------------------------------------------ 1008
GEORGE C. FINNEY
Other names : none
Official no. : 10545
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast, bulk freight
Build info : 1866, G. Goble, Oswego, NY
Specs : 130x26x10 301g 286n
Date of loss : 1891, Nov 15
Place of loss : 16 mi off Port Maitland, Ont.
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 7 [all]
Carrying : wheat
Detail : Bound Toledo for Buffalo, foundered in gale, though she was considered to be very seaworthy and manned by an experienced captain and crew. Her whereabouts were not known until a captain familiar with her spotted her spars sticking out of the water a week later. Her position was given as "26 mi below Long Point and 15 mi S of Grand River, Ont." Owned out of Buffalo by Capt. Riordan.
Heavily damaged in a stranding near Oswego, NY, in Nov, 1883. Also reported wrecked in 1884.
She was heavily damaged and nearly sunk by a waterpout off Port Colborne in October, 1889.
Sources: mv,eas,osdo,is,ledc,nsp,wb,polk,tel,hgl,usls,sb,es

------------------------------------------------------ 3462
FINTRY
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : propeller, wood
Build info : 1853, J.L. Wolverton, Detroit [described as launched from "dry dock ship yard"]
Specs : 199x30x10, 590 t.
Date of loss : 1855, Nov 8
Place of loss : 12 miles from Port Stanley, Ont., 2 miles offshore
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : explosion
Loss of life : 8 of 25
Carrying : wheat and flour
Detail : A boiler explosion blew her stern off and she sank in about 3 minutes. Several died instantly. The survivors clung to wreckage until theyt were picked up by an unnanmed schooner and later transferred to the steamer CLEVELAND.
Built for J.L. Hurd & Co.’s line for Detroit & Buffalo route and still owned by them.
Sources: lhl,hgl,hdm,nsp,wl,eas

------------------------------------------------------ 1009
FIRIEN
Other names : ?
Official no. : ?
Type at loss : gas motor packet, wood
Build info : 1918,?
Specs : 120 ft
Date of loss : 1926, May 16
Place of loss : off mouth of Knife River, near Duluth
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : misc. cargo
Detail : Was on her trials after her conversion from a steamer to gasoline motor. Three-man crew was picked up by the tug EDNA G
Sources: is,lss

------------------------------------------------------ 1540
FISH HAWK
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1858, T. Cunningham, Sheboygan, WI
Specs : 50x14x6, 36 t. om
Date of loss : 1865, Nov
Place of loss : N of Sheboygan
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : leather
Detail : She stranded and reportedly went to pieces.
Sources: bb,wl,hgl

------------------------------------------------------
C.L. FISH - See C.L. FICK

------------------------------------------------------ 3556
C.P. FISH
Other names : none
Official no. : 126225
Type at loss : propeller, wood, tug, packet & excursion boat
Build info : 1877, F. Fish, E. Saginaw
Specs : 51x9x3, 16g 14n
Date of loss : 1888, Nov 27
Place of loss : (Saginaw River)
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Destroyed by fire. Document surrendered at Port Huron Mar 30, 1889, endorsed "total loss."
Sources: phr,mv,vbs

------------------------------------------------------ 3864
MAUD FISH
Other names : none
Official no. : none [unregistered as inland vessel?]
Type at loss : propeller, wood, tug and yacht
Build info : 1881, F. L. Fish, E. Saginaw
Specs : 36x9x4, 6 g
Date of loss : 1895, Nov 27
Place of loss : at Saginaw
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : Caught fire at her dock and burned to total loss.
Sources: nsp,vbs,phr

------------------------------------------------------
WILLIAM FISH - see WILLIAM FISKE

------------------------------------------------------
ERWIN L. FISHER - See GEORGE J. WHELAN

------------------------------------------------------ 1011
JAMES FISK, Jr.
Other names : none
Official no. : 75387
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight
Build info : 1870, Mason & Bidwell, Buffalo
Specs : 216x83x12 1096g 946n
Date of loss : 1906, Nov 14
Place of loss : St Clair Flats
Lake : St Clair
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying :
light
Detail : Caught fire from overheated stove in forward cabin and burned to the waterline. Witnesses ashore at Joe Bedore's (tavern) said the ship made "a splendid spectacle." Sank near the edge of the channel on the American side. The wreck was removed in 1920.
Owned by Alvin Peter of Toledo.
Sources: nsp,ns1,mv,mpl
,hcgl

------------------------------------------------------ 1012
EDWARD FISKE
Other names : none
Official no. : 135680
Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood
Build info : 1883,
O'Grady & Maher, Buffalo
Specs : 66x16x9 44g 22n
Date of loss : 1893, Sep 27
Place of loss : at Duluth, MN
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : none
Detail : Almost completely destroyed by fire and declared a total loss, but later rebuilt and returned to service.
Sources: is,mv,lss
,hcgl

------------------------------------------------------ 1010
WILLIAM FISKE
Other names : none also seen as WILLIAM FISH
Official no. : 26171
Type at loss : schoooner, wood, 2-mast former brig
Build info : 1856, VanSlyke & Notter, Buffalo
Specs : 309g
Date of loss : 1871, Oct 18
Place of loss : Cockburn Isl.
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : (none)
Carrying : ?
Detail : Driven ashore and wrecked by terrific gale, a total loss.
Ashore and declared a total loss off the mouth of Devil River, near Ossineke, Mich, Nov 18, 1869. No lives lost, cargo: supplies.
Owned by Buffalo parties.
Converted to a schooner by 1864, major repair in 1862, 71.
Sources: slh,mv,nsp,hgl,mpl,rsl,mdwl

------------------------------------------------------ 1013
F. FITCH
Other names : none
Official no. : 120872
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1891, Onekama, MI
Specs : 42x14x4 13g 12n
Date of loss : 1898, Aug 28
Place of loss : near Point Betsie, MI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm/collision
Loss of life : none
Carrying : peaches
Detail : Bound south along the coast, picking up fruit cargo, and thence to Chicago. Collided with an unknown vessel in a storm and driven ashore. Reports mostly say she was pounded to pieces by waves, but one newspaper article says she floated herself off and was picked up drifting by fishermen a few days later.
Her registration shows her officially abandoned in 1904.
Sources: h,mv,nsp,hgl,bb

------------------------------------------------------ 1014
E. FITZGERALD
Other names : none
Official no. : 8790
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1870, Fitzgerald & Leighton, Port Huron, MI
Specs : 135x26x11 298 t.
Date of loss : 1883, Nov 14
Place of loss : 2 mi W of Old Cut Lt, Long Pt, S of Pt Rowan
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 6-8 [all]
Carrying : wheat
Detail : Wrecked in the shallows in gale. Her crew left the boat in her yawl, but never made it to shore alive.
Bound Detroit for Buffalo
Out of Buffalo, owned by J. Paley.
Sources: eas,h,nsp,mv,polk,hgl,usls,eb,hcgl

------------------------------------------------------ 1015
EDMUND FITZGERALD
Other names : none nicknamed "Big Fitz" and just "Fitz"
Official no. : 277437
Type at loss : propeller, steel, bulk freight
Build info : 1958, Great Lakes Engineering, River Rouge, MI
Specs : 699x74x39 13,632g 8,713n [729 ft oa]
Date of loss : 1975, Nov 10
Place of loss : N of the tip of Whitefish Point
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 29 [all]
Carrying : taconite pellets
Detail : Overwhelmed by 25 ft waves, 90 mph winds, the huge steamer broke apart and sank in deep water. Later remote control visits showed her twisted into pieces. Apparently she went down without much warning, but the single body that has been sighted was wearing a life jacket. http://www.boatnerd.com/fitz
Longest and most capacious vessel ever lost on the lakes.
Several dives in 1994 found a body and other evidence. In 1995 her bell was replaced by a replica engraved with the names of her lost crewmen - the original resides at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point, Mich.
Sources: is(2-58),kys,ns5,ng,tv,nsp,gon,lss,hcgl ,etc.etc.

------------------------------------------------------ 1016
FLANDE
Other names : ?
Official no. : C?
Type at loss : propeller, wood
Build info : ?
Specs : ?
Date of loss : 1897
Place of loss : unreported
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : no detail
Sources: slh, not in mmgl

------------------------------------------------------ 1017
FLEETWIND or FLEETWING
Other names : ?
Official no. : C?
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : ?
Specs : ?
Date of loss : 1863
Place of loss : unreported
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 3
Carrying : ?
Detail : Capsized in a white squall.
Sources: sagl, not in mmgl

------------------------------------------------------ 1019
FLEETWING
Other names : sometimes seen as FLEET WING
Official no. : 9883
Type at loss : schooner, wood, bulk freight, 3-mast
Build info : 1867, H.B. Burger, Manitowoc, WI
Specs : 136 ft., 320g 304n
Date of loss : 1888, Oct 1
Place of loss : Death's Door, at the mouth of Green bay
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : barrel staves
Detail : Went ashore in the narrow channel and went to pieces. Salvagers put two pumps aboard to save her the next day, but she broke up soon after. Then the pumps themselves became a difficult salvage job.
1885 also given as the year, in error.
Owned by McGraw & Spry of Chicago, McGraw was her skipper.
Sources: mv,nsp,is,lmdc,hgl,mpl

------------------------------------------------------ 1018
FLEETWING
Other names : ?
Official no. : US
Type at loss : propeller (wood), ferry
Build info : ?
Specs : 60 t
Date of loss : 1920
Place of loss : Conneaut, OH
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Burned and sank in the harbor.
Sources: ledc

------------------------------------------------------ 3328
FLETCHER
Other names : none
Official no. : 120142
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight steambarge
Build info : 1872, G. Notter, Buffalo
Specs : 723 t. [985 t. om]
Date of loss : 1880, Nov 21
Place of loss : on S. Fox Isl.
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : corn
Detail : Bound Chicago for Buffalo, she was driven ashore and wrecked.
Owned by James Ashe of Buffalo
Sources: mpl,nsp,mv

------------------------------------------------------
KATE FLETCHER - See KATE FELCHER

------------------------------------------------------ 1021
FLIGHT
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1857, Roderick Calkins, Cleveland
Specs : 114x25x9, 249 t. [tonnage also given as 117]
Date of loss : 1865, Nov 6
Place of loss : Bois Blanc Isl., Straits of Mackinac
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : salt
Detail : She went aground in a gale and was abandoned, but not before her cargo was mostly saved. Vandals destroyed her by fire in June of 1866.
Sources: slh,hgl,nsp,ssm,wl

------------------------------------------------------ 1022
FLINT & PERE MARQUETTE #1
Other names : also called F & P.M. #1
Official no. : 120499
Type at loss : propeller, wood, passenger & break-bulk freight [NOT a carfeerry]
Build info : 1882, Detroit Dry Dock, Detroit
Specs : 181x20x12 770g 625n
Date of loss : 1884, Dec 31
Place of loss : in harbor at Ludington, MI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 1
Carrying : gen merch
Detail : Kissed the bottom in big waves and sprang a leak, which eventually put her fires out. She drifted to beach and was heavily damaged by waves. Recovered and rebuilt at great expense.
Hailed from E. Saginaw, MI
Also had major repair job in 1883.
Sources: mv,atl,cfgl,

------------------------------------------------------ 4180
BENJAMIN FLINT
Other names : also seen as BEN FLINT
Official # : 23660
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1857, Totten, Fremont, Oh
Specs : 220 t. [285 t. om]
Date of loss : 1870, Nov
Place of loss : Big Sable Pt., Mich
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 1
Carrying : lumber & timbers
Detail : Bound Manistee for Chicago, she capsized in a northerly squall and drifted ashore in pieces. Her came to the beach several miles north of the rest. Vessel and cargo a total loss, but out fit saved.
Major repair in 1864
Sources : nsp,hgl,rnc,mv

------------------------------------------------------ 1023
OSCAR T. FLINT
Other names : none
Official no. : 155165
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight
Build info : 1889, S. Langell, St. Clair, MI
Specs : 218x37x14 824g 701n
Date of loss : 1909, Nov 25
Place of loss : near mouth of Thunder Bay, MI
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : limestone, salt
Detail : Caught fire just after leaving Alpena, MI. Run into shoal water in a successful attempt to save her crew. The vessel burned to the waterline, a total loss.
Sources: stb,slh,ns1,h,mv,mpl,eas,hcgl

------------------------------------------------------ 1024
SAM FLINT
Other names : none also seen as SAM. FLINT, SAMUEL FLINT
Official no. : 23660
Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood, bulk freight
Build info : 1868, Bailey, Toledo as a 3-mast schooner
Specs : 168x34x15 499g 474n
Date of loss : 1916, Oct 27 or 23
Place of loss : Mississagi Strait, off NW end of Manitoulin I.
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life :
none
Carrying : (lumber)
Detail : She was lost from tow in a storm, broken up in big waves and sank.
Major repair in 1882, 1895
Sources: ns2,mv,phr,eas,nsp
,hcgl

------------------------------------------------------ 3785
FLORA
Other names : none?
Official no. : none
Type at loss : brig, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1849, Irving, NY
Specs : 129x26x10, 301 t. [om]
Date of loss : 1853, Sep 2
Place of loss : 13 mi N of Kewaunee
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none?
Carrying : coal
Detail : Bound Cleveland for Chicago with 435 tons of coal. Struck bottom in a storm and sank. Stripped of gear by the prop ROSSETTER on the 29th and abandoned, later pounded to pieces.
Owned by Crawford & Price of Cleveland.
Heavily damaged in a storm near Buffalo in 1850.
Sources: nsp,hgl,bb,wl,bc

------------------------------------------------------ 1026
FLORA
Other names : ?
Official no. : (120798)
Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood, fishing
Build info : (1889, Saugatuck, MI)
Specs : (45x12x4 18g 14n)
Date of loss : ?
Place of loss : off Northport, MI, Grand Traverse Bay
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : none
Detail : Swamped and sank in storm.
Sources: lmdc

------------------------------------------------------ 3572
FLORA
Other names : none
Official no. : 120158
Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood
Build info : 1877 or earlier, Bay City, MI?
Specs : 38x12x4, 10 gt
Date of loss : 1881?
Place of loss : unreported
Lake : unreported
Type of loss : "wrecked"
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : No detail. Document surrendered at Port Huron, 1/31/82, annotated "wrecked." Out of Grand Haven in 1877.
Sources: phr,vbs,mv

------------------------------------------------------ 1025
FLORA
Other names : none
Official no. : 120210
Type at loss : sidewheel steamer, wood, passenger & package freight
Build info : 1875, Wolf & Davidson, Milwaukee
Specs : 174x28x11 562g 456n
Date of loss : 1912, Nov 14*
Place of loss : in harbor at Chicago
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : none
Detail : Destroyed by fire at shipbreaker's yard, where she was awaiting dismantlement.
*also given as 12/2/1912.
Sold Canadian in 1899 [C#100303] and renamed URANIA, resold American and given her original name and number in 1905.
Sources: eas,sol,ns2,mv,phr,mpl

------------------------------------------------------ 3664
FLORA EMMA
Other names : none
Official no. : C
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1872, W. Redmond, Picton [builder also given as McClennan, owner as Redmond]
Specs : 97x23x8, 154 t.
Date of loss : 1893, Nov 16
Place of loss : in harbor at Oswego
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : lumber
Detail : Blown loose of her moorings in Oswego harbor by a westerly gale and blizzard. She was blown along the shore until she fetched up on the E. Pier and broke up. Her crew were taken off by Lifesaving Service with breeches buoy. Tug ELIZA J. REDMOND(qv) was also lost while trying to assist her.
Ashore and damaged near South Bay, Ont., Lake Huron, in November of 1886.
Sources: osdo,wb,hgl,mmgl,mpl

------------------------------------------------------ 1027
FLORENCE
Other names : none
Official no. : C88309
Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood
Build info : 1885, Maritime & Industrial Co., Levis, Que.
Specs : 91x20x13, 113gc
Date of loss : 1933, Nov 14
Place of loss : near Timber Isl., E of Picton, Ont.
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : sank
Loss of life : none
Carrying : none
Detail : Sprang a leak and foundered in 80 feet of water. Weather calm but visibility poor due to snow.
Also reported sunk at the W end of Michigan Central RR dock, Windsor, on Mar 16 of the same year and also in 1932.
Sources: csqw,csv,h,win,mmgl,mpl,do

------------------------------------------------------ 3889
FLORETTA
Other names : none
Official no. : 9688
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1868, John Stupinsky, Detroit
Specs : 134x26x11, 296g
Date of loss : 1885, Sep 18
Place of loss : 15 mi off Manitowoc WI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : iron ore
Detail : She was bound Escanaba for Chicago when she foundered in a gale. Her crew escaped in her yawl.
The wreck was located in the early 1970’s.
Collided with the schooner LOUISA McDONALD and sank in 1880 off Door County, WI. Repaired in 1881.
Sources: bb,polk,nsp

------------------------------------------------------ 1028
FLORIDA
Other names : ?
Official no. : none
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : (1832, Wilcox, 3-Mile Bay, NY or 1834, Black R., OH )
Specs : (76x20x8, 108 t. or 85x23x9, 158 t.)
Date of loss : 1842, Nov 17
Place of loss :
near St. Joseph, Mich
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : barrelled flour,pork
Detail : Driven aground and wrecked..
*Also reported ashore on the NE part of L. Erie.
1832 vessel had owners in Green Bay in 1836 and later at Mackinac.
(also wrecked near Buffalo in 1836)
Sources: is(2-67),hgl,nsp,wl

------------------------------------------------------ 1030
FLORIDA
Other names : ?
Official no. : C ?
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast
Build info : 1875, C. Magny, Batiscan, Ont.
Specs : 352 t.
Date of loss : 1882, Aug 12
Place of loss : SExS of Mohawk Isl., 12 mi from Port Maitland*
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : (storm)
Loss of life : none
Carrying : 662 t. coal
Detail : Bound Black River for Toronto, she sprang a leak and sank. Her crew was rescued by the propeller BLANCHARD.
Hailed from Quebec, owned by Oldrieve and Horn of Kingston, Ont.
*Reported to be about 8 miles E of CARLINSFORD (qv), in 80 feet of water.
Mostly constructed of pine and tamarack
Sources: win,clu,h,ledc,hgl,rp,es,jb not in mmgl

------------------------------------------------------ 1029
FLORIDA
Other names : none
Official no. : 9727
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1868, G. Goble, Oswego, NY
Specs : 138x26x11 299g
Date of loss : 1886, Nov 17
Place of loss : mouth of Whetstone Brook, near Marquette
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 1
Carrying : coal
Detail : Sheltering offshore, she slipped anchors and was driven against a dock, where she was pounded to pieces. Her mate fell between the schooner and the rescue tug GILLETT and was crushed.
Repaired in 1883.
Sources: mv,nsp,osdo,gwgl,is(3-60),h,mars,tel,lss,hgl,usls,mpl

------------------------------------------------------ 1031
FLORIDA
Other names : none
Official no. : 120753
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight
Build info : 1889, Buffalo
Specs : 271x40x15 2103g 1835n
Date of loss : 1897, May 21
Place of loss : off False Presque Isle, MI
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : none
Carrying : bbls flour, general merchandise
Detail : Collided with the steamer GEORGE W. ROBY in dense fog and sank in 12 minutes in 250 ft. of water. ROBY picked up her crew. In this accident FLORIDA, one of largest boats on the lakes, collided with one of the few bigger ones.
Wreck located in July of 1994.
Sources: nsp,slh,sol,mv,lhdc,wb,hgl,mpl

------------------------------------------------------ 1032
FLORIDA
Other names : built as CITY OF MACKINAC, later STATE OF NEW YORK, named FLORIDA in 1920
Official no. : 126150
Type at loss : sidewheel steamer, iron, passenger & package freight
Build info : 1883, Detroit Dry Dock, Wyandotte, MI hull #61
Specs : 203x32x10* 808g 565n
Date of loss : 1932, Jun 27
Place of loss : on Rouge River, Detroit
Lake : Detroit R
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : none
Detail : Caught fire at her layup dock. Heavy damage ended her career, but she was later renovated and used as a clubhouse for the Columbia Yacht Club at Chicago.
Renamed COLUMBIA for that purpose.
*60 ft wide over guards
Sources: atl,ns4,rsh
,hcgl

------------------------------------------------------ 1033
GEORGE A. FLOSS
Other names : none
Official no. : ?
Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood, fishing
Build info : 1903, Buffalo
Specs : 58 ft., 24 t.
Date of loss : 1909, Apr 7
Place of loss : ?
Lake : ?
Type of loss : foundered
Loss of life : 9 [all]
Carrying : ?
Detail : no detail
Sources: sol,mv

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ROSWELL P. FLOWER - See AGNES W.

------------------------------------------------------
JOHN B. FLOYD - See ALICE CRAIG

------------------------------------------------------ 1034
FLYING CLOUD
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1851, Clayton, NY
Specs : 124 ft., 300 t.
Date of loss : 1857, Nov
Place of loss : 2 mi NW of Gary, Ind.
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 7 [all]
Carrying : ?
Detail : Stranded in a storm. Her crew froze to death before they could be rescued. The vessel was recovered and repaired in 1860 (see below).
Capsized in a gale off Racine in 1853 and drifted around for about 3 weeks before being towed in.
Sources: lmdc,hgl,nsp,rsl

------------------------------------------------------ 1035
FLYING CLOUD
Other names : none
Official no. : C none
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1852, M. Simpson, Bronte, Ont.
Specs : 96x20x9, 143 t.
Date of loss : 1870, Oct 18
Place of loss : at Red Creek, near Oswego, NY
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : lumber
Detail : Driven ashore in storm, vessel and cargo a total loss.
Heavily damaged in accident in 1865.
Registered out of Bronte, Ont.
Sources: mmgl,clu,is,win,hgl

------------------------------------------------------ 1036
FLYING CLOUD
Other names : none
Official no. : 9196
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast
Build info : 1854, Oades, Clayton, NY*
Specs : 133x26x10, 256g 243n
Date of loss : 1892, Oct 29
Place of loss : near Glen Arbor, MI [Sleeping Bear]
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : coal
Detail : Driven on rocky shore by gale after dragging her anchors. Broke up in place.
Out of Chicago
This is only US FLYING CLOUD on lakes at the time.
*2 flying clouds built at Clayton?
Sources: lmdc,mv,wb,nb,hgl,rsl

------------------------------------------------------ 3329
FLYING DUTCHMAN
Other names : ?
Official no. : (37297)
Type at loss : (schooner, wood)
Build info : (1867, Pine R., MI)
Specs : (40x12x3, 8 t.)
Date of loss : 1886, Sep 14
Place of loss : Straits of Mackinac
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : (storm)
Loss of life : all (3?)
Carrying : ?
Detail : "Note in bottle" found at St. Martin's Isl, Oct 13, '96 read "Schooner FLYING DUTCHMAN wrecked on Lake Huron, September 14, 1886. All hands perish." The note was considered a hoax because the vessel did not appear in Lloyd's Register, but this vessel disappears from papers at about 1886.
Two other small schooners of this name were on lakes at this time.
Sources: mv,nsp,phr

------------------------------------------------------ 3330
FLYING MIST
Other names : none
Official no. : 9188
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1861, Ira Lafrinier, Cleveland
Specs : 137x26x12, 316g 300n
Date of loss : 1883, Nov 15
Place of loss : 8 mi S of Frankfort, MI [Burnham Pier]
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : iron ore
Detail : Bound St Ignace for Chicago, she was dismasted in a blizzard and gale. Five crewmen came ashore in her yawl to find help, but the ship drifted into shallows and sank, a total loss. Two sailors who remained aboard were rescued from shore. MIST had gone to pieces by the 20th.
Owned by T. Hood of Chicago.
She was built for the trade from the lakes to Europe which was significant at the time.
She went ashore near Pt. Pelee and was not expected to survive in May of 1863.
Sources: nsp,mv,polk,hgl

------------------------------------------------------ 3331
B.W. FOLGER
Other names : ? also seen as B. FOLGER and BEN FOLGER
Official no. : C61139
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1871, Powers, Kingston, Ont.
Specs : 83x24x9, 117cg 117nc
Date of loss : 1894, Nov 24
Place of loss : Kerr's Bay, Amherst Isl.
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : lumber
Detail : An exploding lantern started a fire that burned her to a total loss. She had been bound Kingston, Ont. for Oswego with wood for the Standard Oil box shop.
Two sources say she was built in 1853
Registration officially closed in 1895.
Rebuilt, 1881. Out of Montreal.
Sources: nsp,polk,mmgl,win,osdo

------------------------------------------------------ 1037
F.A. FOLGER
Other names : none
Official no. : C83282
Type at loss : propeller wrecking tug, wood
Build info : 1881, Powers, Kingston, Ont
Specs : 69x17x9, 64gc 26nc
Date of loss :
1889, Sep 9
Place of loss : near Courtright, Ont.
Lake : St Clair R
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life :
none
Carrying : none
Detail :
Discovered to be afire in the engine room while upbound. Her wheelsman stuck to his post as long as possible, trying to put her on the beach, but was forced to abandon with the rest. The tug burned to a total loss.
Her registration was closed 12/20/1897.
Some sources give the year of the fire as 1898, in error.
Vertical high pressure engine of 60 hp.
Sources: mmgl,h,win,
es,jb

------------------------------------------------------ 1038
HENRY FOLGER
Other names : none
Official no. : 95209
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast
Build info : 1873, Clayton, NY
Specs : 133 ft, 326 t.
Date of loss : 1882, Dec 5
Place of loss : Salmon (Wicked) Pt. Reef, near Wellington, Ont
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 16 [All hands plus the homebound crew of another vessel were lost.]
Carrying : coal
Detail : Bound from Cleveland, she was driven on the reef, where she broke up quickly.
Registered to Dennis & Ellis out of Cape Vincent, NY, bound for Kingston, Ont.
Sources: csqw,h,usls,rp,mv,dmt,es

------------------------------------------------------ 1039
JAMES W. FOLLETTE
Other names : built as JESSE H. FARWELL, renamed in 1912
Official no. : C116816
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight
Build info : 1881, Linn & Craig, Gibraltar, MI hull#20 [US#76203]
Specs : 212x36x20 1201g 998n
Date of loss : 1923, May 16
Place of loss : mid-lake
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : She slewed into the wave-troughs in a heavy gale and had her rudder ripped off, putting a large hole in her counter. The vessel filled and sank, despite an heroic effort by her crew.
Converted from package to bulk freighter in 1912.
Sold Canadian in 1916, out of Cobourg, Ont.
Sources: ns3,mv,csv,mpl

------------------------------------------------------
ALEX FOLSOM - See TRUDE R. WIEHE

------------------------------------------------------ 1040
FONTANA
Other names : none
Official no. : 120713
Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood, bulk freight, 2-mast
Build info : 1888, S. Langell, St Clair, MI, built as 4-mast schooner-barge
Specs : 231x39x17 1164g 1105n
Date of loss : 1900, Aug 3
Place of loss :
head of St. Clair R near Ft. Gratiot
Lake : St Clair
R.
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : none*
Carrying : iron ore
Detail : In tow of steamer KALIYUGA(qv) she sheared off and collided with the big schooner-barge SANTIAGO(qv). Settled in one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. After salvage was given up months later, she was dynamited several times to flatten and reduce her wreckage.
*officially, but newspapers said one crewman was drowned
Owned by Cleveland Cliffs Iron Co.
Sources: nsp,ns1,h,hs,phr,mpl,
jby

------------------------------------------------------
FOOTE - See also COMMODORE FOOTE

------------------------------------------------------ 3741
GEORGE FOOTE
Other names : none
Official no. : 10236
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1859, Angus McKay, Detroit
Specs : 121x26x11, 249 t. (316 t. OM)
Date of loss : 1871, Nov 15
Place of loss : near Fort Niagara, Ont.
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : lumber
Detail : Drove ashore in a nighttime gale and broke up over the course of the next few days. Bound for Ogdensburg, NY.
Out of Detroit, owned by W. Stewart.
Sources: nsp,mv,hgl,wl

------------------------------------------------------ 1042
CHRISTINA A. FORBES
Other names : also seen as "Christian Forbes"
Official no. : 125649
Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood
Build info : 1878, F. Wheeler, W. Bay City, MI
Specs : 73x16x6 51g 42n
Date of loss : 1895
Place of loss : Saginaw Bay off the mouth of the Saginaw R.
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : none
Detail : Burned to total loss.
Sources: slh,nsp,vbs,phr,hgl

------------------------------------------------------ 1043
KITTIE M. FORBES
Other names : none
Official no. : 14413
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight
Build info : 1883, F. Wheeler, W. Bay City
Specs : 209x35x14 968g 775n
Date of loss : 1902, May 21
Place of loss : St. Clair Flats
Lake : St Clair
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : pine lumber
Detail : Caught fire from exploding engine room lantern and run to shore to save her crew. Burned to the waterline there. Her machinery later was recovered and installed in the steamer WILLIAM B. MORLEY.
Heavily damaged in drydock fire, 1894.
Member of Pfohl & Son Fleet of Buffalo
Sources: nsp,vbs,mpl

------------------------------------------------------ 1044
AUGUSTUS FORD
Other names : none
Official no. : 1084
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1853, Ford & Riggs, Dexter, NY
Specs : 107x25x10 184g 175n
Date of loss : 1890, Apr 18
Place of loss : near harbor entrance at Fairport, OH
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : ice
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : lumber
Detail : Beset by wind-driven ice and wrecked. Not officially given up as lost until 1895.
Ashore at Port Maitland, Ont. at the end of Nov, 1874 with the loss of four lives.
Repaired, 1869, rebuilt, 1877
Sources: phr,mv,h,hgl,osdo,es,rp

------------------------------------------------------ 1045
E.M. FORD
Other names : built as steamer PRESQUE ISLE, renamed in 1956
Official no. : 150786
Type at loss : propeller, steel, bulk freight cement carrier
Build info : 1898, Cleveland Shipbuilding, Cleveland
Specs : 406x50x28 4538g 3388n
Date of loss : 1979, Dec 24
Place of loss : at Milwaukee
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : cement
Detail : Sunk at her dock by a gale. Recovered, though divers had to chip thousands of tons of hardened cement out of her holds.
Still operable in 1998 - docked at Crow Island, Saginaw R. and used for storage by LaFarge Cement, Inc.
Photo.
Sources: is,soundings,modoc

------------------------------------------------------ 3464
GEORGE W. FORD
Other names : none
Official no. : 10322
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1852, Geo. Barber, Milwaukee
Specs : 85x24x6, 100g 89n [127 t. om]
Date of loss : 1870, Aug 12
Place of loss : near Eagle Harbor, MI, Keweenaw
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Struck a reef in gale and sank quickly. Salvage was not attempted due to her age and condition.
She had been portaged around the Soo in 1853.
*80 t. also given. Tonnage shown is from mv.
Rebuilt and enlarged at Port Huron in 1866.
Sources: lss,mv,rsl,wl,df,bb

------------------------------------------------------ 1046
J.C. FORD
Other names : none
Official no. : C150335
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight, lumber
Build info : 1889, J. Collister, Grand Haven, MI US#76807
Specs : 172x33x12 432gc
Date of loss : 1924, Nov 26
Place of loss : near Little Trout I.,a few miles NE of Detour, MI
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : (lumber)?
Detail : Caught fire and totally destroyed.
Sold Canadian 1923. Out of Soo, Ont.
She was built for the iron ore trade.
Sources: slh,nh3,mv,lhdc,mmgl,win,mpl

------------------------------------------------------ 1047
FORELLE
Other names : none
Official no. : 205777
Type at loss : propeller fishing tug, steel
Build info : 1908, Johnston Bros., Ferrysburg, MI
Specs : 54x16x7, 46g 31n
Date of loss : 1923, Sep 20
Place of loss : 7 mi SE of Kenosha, WI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 5 [all]
Carrying : fruit*
Detail :
Bound Benton Harbor for Milwaukee, she foundered. The wr3eck later came ashore near Kenosha.
Out of Milwaukee
*one source says she was light
Sources: lmdc,mv,rkr,mpl
,hcgl

------------------------------------------------------ 1048
FOREST
Other names : ?
Official no. : ?
Type at loss : schooner, wood (3-mast)
Build info : ? (1854, Marsden, Texas, NY)
Specs : ? (100x24x5)
Date of loss : 1857
Place of loss : off Kincardine, Ont.
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : (storm)
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Foundered.
(Owned by F. Ames of Mexico, NY)
Sources: slh,hgl,nsp not in mmgl

------------------------------------------------------ 4103
FOREST
Other names : none
Official no. : ?
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1847, Eli Bates, Huron, Oh
Specs : 199 t.
Date of loss : 1868, Jun 21
Place of loss : below Pt. Pelee
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : coal, 200 kegs powder
Detail : At about 3:30 a.m. on a windy night, she collided with the large bark AMERICAN UNION. She sank in fifty feet of water in about eight minutes. Ans expedition sent to raise her a month later was only able to recover her rigging, anchors and some gear.
Sources: nsp,rsl

------------------------------------------------------
FOREST CITY - See BAY CITY

------------------------------------------------------ 3465
FOREST CITY
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : propeller, wood
Build info : 1851, B.B. Jones, Ohio City, OH
Specs : 177x25x12, 515 t.
Date of loss : 1855, Sep 21
Place of loss : off the mouth of Grand Traverse Bay
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : none
Carrying : 500 tons of general merchandise
Detail : Bound Cleveland for Chicago, she collided in the dark with the schooner ASIA(qv) and sank in about 20 minutes. Her crew and passengers had only enough time to escape in her boats, and were later picked up by the schooner HAMLET. The vessel sank in 40 fathoms of water.
Out of Cleveland, see news clipping for owners.
Sources: hgl,lhl,nsp,wl,eas

------------------------------------------------------ 1049
FOREST CITY
Other names : ?
Official no. : C? none
Type at loss : propeller, wood, freighter (also shown as a sidewheeler)
Build info : ?
Specs : ?
Date of loss : 1858, Apr 5 (also given as 1856)
Place of loss : at Port Stanley, Ont.
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : Destroyed by fire, considered at the time to have been arson. She was an $8,500 loss.
Ashore for several weeks and thought lost near Huron, OH, in the spring of 1853.
Sources: eas,sol,h,hgl,nsp

------------------------------------------------------ 3290
FOREST CITY
Other names : none
Official no. : 120255
Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood
Build info : 1875, Quayle & Sons., Cleveland
Specs :
75x14x9, 49g 25n
Date of loss : 1888, Sep 1
Place of loss : off Cleveland
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : none
Detail : Racing with tug JOHN GREGORY(qv) for the tow of the schooner CONSTITUTION the the two buffeted each other and collided, the FOREST CITY sinking. On Sep 20 the steamer GLADSTONE tried to drag her into port, but pulled her to pieces. In 1895 a judge decided that both skippers were at fault.
Owned by the Bradley Fleet of Cleveland.
Sources: nsp,hgl,mv

------------------------------------------------------ 1050
FOREST CITY
Other names : none
Official no. : 9914
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight*
Build info : 1870, Peck, Cleveland
Specs : 214x34x21 1236g 994n
Date of loss : 1904, Jun 5
Place of loss : Bear's Rump, near Tobermory, Ont.
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : (none)
Carrying : ?
Detail : Ran into the rocky island in a dense fog, broke in two and was too heavily damaged to be released. Total loss.
Major repair in 1881
* she was built as a schooner-barge, converted to prop in 1872
Sources: mv,eas,slh,ns1,lhdc,mpl,do

------------------------------------------------------ 1051
FOREST KING
Other names : none
Official no. : 9151
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast, built as a bark
Build info : 1866, Tonawanda
Specs : 400g 345n
Date of loss : 1869, Oct 21
Place of loss : Western Isls, Georgian Bay
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none of 10
Carrying : ?
Detail : Overtaken by a violent storm, she was driven ashore and wrecked. Crew stayed for 20 hours on a storm-battered rock only 30 feet across, then sailed 35 miles to Christian Island in her yawl.
Homeport: Toledo
Sources: slh,nsp,hgl,mdwl not in mmgl

------------------------------------------------------ 4181
FOREST MAID
Other names : none
Official no. : 37131
Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1853, Wm. Myers, Sheffield, Oh
Specs : 74x19x3, 14 g [37g om]
Date of loss : 1872, early May
Place of loss : South passage
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Collided with the propeller GRANITE STATE and sank to her decks. She was towed by the tug MYSTIC to a bar about midway between Cedar Point and Marblehead, Ohio, stripped and abandoned, a total loss.
Sources: mv,wl,nsp,hgl

------------------------------------------------------ 3466
FOREST QUEEN
Other names : none
Official no. : 9159
Type at loss : propeller, wood
Build info : 1851, Moses & Quayle, Ohio City, OH
Specs : 142x26x12, 467 t. om
Date of loss : 1868, Dec
Place of loss : at Clay Banks, Pigeon Bay
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : ice
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : Cut by ice and sunk.
Owned by C. Chamberlain, Detroit and AuSable, MI, parties.
Capt. Hackett of Amherstburg, Ont. was still looking for her through the mid-1880's and as late as 1887 with the tugs SHOO FLY and CHALLENGE.
Ashore and declared a total loss near Milwaukee in the great storm of November, 1860. Recovered the following April.
Major repair in 1863 after stranding near Euclid, OH, in September of 1862.
Sources: lhl,hgl,nsp,wl,nsp,rsl,mdwl,es

------------------------------------------------------ 3332
FOREST QUEEN
Other names : also seen as FOREST CITY*
Official no. : 30761
Type at loss : barge, wood
Build info : 1855, J Bushnell, Newport, MI**
Specs : 351 t.
Date of loss : 1872, Nov 8
Place of loss : central Lake Erie
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 5 [all]
Carrying : lumber, 20,000 staves
Detail : She was in tow of steamer BURLINGTON with the barges KENTUCKY and NORTH STAR when they were stuck by a gale off Gravelly Bay. Their towlines couldn't stand the strain and the barges became separated from the steamer and each other. FOREST QUEEN drifted off into the storm and was not seen again.
Owned by C C Blodgett, Detroit
*Both names in a single newspaper article
*Build also given as 1852, Quayle & Martin, Cleveland, as a propeller (see previous entry).
Major repairs in 1868
Sources: lhl,hgl,nsp,mv,es

------------------------------------------------------ 1052
FOREST QUEEN
Other names : none
Official no. : C77630
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1853, C. Thomas, Oakville, Ont.
Specs : 102x23x9, 146gc 137nc
Date of loss : 1886, Nov 26
Place of loss : Indian Point, Bay of Quinte
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : Driven ashore in a gale and wrecked.
Reg. at Kingston, owned by skipper H. Cort of Belleville.
Rebuilt and enlarged by Shickluna, 1867, originally 96x20x8, 138gc
Major repairs in 1881 and 1882
Sources: mmgl,nsp,h,hgl,osdo

------------------------------------------------------ 1053
FORESTER
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1826, Clinton R., MI
Specs : 58x18x5, 30 t.
Date of loss : 1846, Oct
Place of loss : Straits of Mackinac
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : gen merch
Detail : "Lost" in the Straits.
A vessel that was found under a sand dune at the mouth of the Millecoquins R in summer of 1990 MAY be her, though the Millecoquins boat was probably abandoned and not wrecked at that spot.
Sources: slh,mh,aglr,hgl

------------------------------------------------------ 1054
FORESTER
Other names : none
Official no. : 37060
Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood
Build info : 1854, J. Bushnell, Newport, MI as sidewheeler
Specs : 125x28x9 284 t.
Date of loss : 1872, Sep 18
Place of loss : 19 mi ENE of Port Burwell, Ont.
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : (grain)
Detail : Tow of steamer DUNKIRK with R.R. ELLIOTT(qv)she sank in a storm. Owned by John Kelderhouse of Buffalo.
Broke loose from steamer D.F. ROSE and broke her back off Monroe, Michigan, Lake Erie, on May 3, 1871. Towed to Malden, Ont. and declared a loss, but later repaired. Also sunk on Lake Huron in Nov, 1868.
For many years she ran a route from Detroit to Port Huron as steamer.
Rebuilt from a sidewheeler to a barge in 1867. Major repairs in 1866, 71
Sources: h,mv,lhl,nsp,win,mpl

------------------------------------------------------ 1055
FORESTER
Other names : none
Official no. : 37181
Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood
Build info : 1868, Erin, MI
Specs : 70x21x4, 40 t.
Date of loss : 1898, Sep 10
Place of loss : at Port Sanilac
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : lumber
Detail : Driven ashore 100 ft S of Port Sanilac’s main dock and went to pieces quickly.
Parted her lines in storm and went ashore near Grindstone City, MI, Lake Huron, Oct 1, 1888. Reported as gone to pieces, but later put back into service.
Major repairs, 1881,82,88
Sources: nsp,hgl,mv,phr,hgl

------------------------------------------------------ 1056
INGEBORG M. FORREST
Other names : none
Official no. : 100107
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1871, Anderson & Poulson, Ft. Howard
Specs : 122x24x10 174g 165n
Date of loss : 1897, Apr 16
Place of loss : near harbor entrance at Pentwater, MI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : Tow of the tug E.G. MAXWELL, she broke loose and went ashore while entry into the harbor was being attempted in a spring gale. Lifesaving Service rescued her crew.
Sources: h,mv,hs,hgl, soundings,mpl,hcgl

------------------------------------------------------ 1057
DANIEL G. FORT
Other names : none
Official no. : 6627
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1869, J. Humble, Tonawanda, NY
Specs : 137x26x12 340g 323n
Date of loss : 1894, Nov 27
Place of loss : near harbor entrance at Oswego, NY
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : light
Detail : She broke towline of the tug which was sent out to bring her into harbor, went on rocks and was destroyed. The Lifesaving Service rescued her crew. The hulk went ashore next to schooner BALTIC, driven ashore 3 days earlier. Registered out of Oswego.
Major repair, 1882
Sources: h,is,mv,nsp,hgl,osdo,mpl,usls

------------------------------------------------------ 4104
L. B. FORTIER
Other names :
Official no. : none
Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood
Build info : 1858, J Ledger, Buffalo
Specs : 167 t.
Date of loss : 1865, Nov 18
Place of loss : 10 mi off Grand Haven, Mich
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 5
Carrying : ?
Detail : She was waterlogged and capsized in a gale, a total loss, with the lives of five of her crew.
Out of Buffalo
Sources: nsp,rsl,hgl

------------------------------------------------------ 1058
FORTUNE
Other names : ?
Official no. : US
Type at loss : schooner, wood (2-mast)
Build info : (1853, J.L. Wolverton, Detroit)
Specs : (139x26x11, 372 t. [om])
Date of loss : 1864, Nov (8)
Place of loss : 30 mi N of Pigeon Islands, Canadian side
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : (all)
Carrying : ?
Detail : Caught in a very destructive gale, she was driven on a bar and reportedly broke up within 15 minutes.
Out of Detroit
May have stranded, hgl says "wrecked.". Rsl shows "large repair in ‘64", but this may have been earlier in the year.
Sources: slh,hgl,wl,rsl,nsp

------------------------------------------------------ 1059
FORTUNE
Other names : none
Official no. : C71156
Type at loss : propeller, wood, freighter
Build info : 1876, T Zealand, Port Franks, Ont. as a schooner
Specs : 110x26x9, 283gc 168nc
Date of loss : 1884, Oct 23
Place of loss : 3 mi W of red light, Long Point, Ont.
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : elm bolts
Detail : Bound for Buffalo, she was driven aground by a storm and wrecked. Broken in three pieces, she was quickly abandoned by her insurance companies.
Owned by Capt. Peters of Windsor, Ont.
Converted from a schooner to a prop in 1877. Major repairs in 1883.
Sources: eas,mmgl,h,csv,es

------------------------------------------------------ 1060
FORWARD
Other names : ?
Official no. : ?
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : ?
Specs : 36 t.
Date of loss : 1910, May 10
Place of loss : Kewaunee Bay, WI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : (storm)
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : Foundered
Vessel not on lists.
There was a Canadian schooner JESSIE FORWARD at this time - this may be her.
Sources: mv (mmgl)

------------------------------------------------------ 1061
FORWARDER
Other names : ?
Official no. : ?
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : ?
Specs : ?
Date of loss : 1864, Nov (8)
Place of loss : off Kincardine, Ont.
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : She was driven ashore by a terrific gale and was expected to become a total loss.
[A scow-schooner FORWARDER, built at Lakeport, MI by Urias Ocomb in 1860 (86x21x7, 87 t)., was rebuilt in 1864. Out of St. Clair in 1866. Sunk Black R., 1872, final disposition unknown.]
Sources: slh,hgl,nsp

------------------------------------------------------ 1062
FOSTER
Other names : ?
Official no. : ?
Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood
Build info : 1884, Oshkosh, WI
Specs : 841 t.
Date of loss : 1905, Oct 20
Place of loss : unreported
Lake : unreported
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : no detail
Vessel not on lists - probably (something) FOSTER.
Sources: gs,

------------------------------------------------------ 1063
A.M. FOSTER
Other names : ?
Official no. : ?
Type at loss : propeller, wood (passenger)
Build info : (1882, Foster, Pt.Dover, Ont.)
Specs : 200 t. (94 t.)
Date of loss : 1888
Place of loss : off Pte Aux Barques
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : May be confusion with E.M. FOSTER(qv)
Sources: slh,hgl

------------------------------------------------------ 1064
ANNA E. FOSTER
Other names : none
Official no. : C77772
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1877, Cheboygan, MI, US# 105699
Specs : 66x17x6, 39gc 39nc
Date of loss : 1882
Place of loss : Georgian Bay
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : wrecked
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : No detail
Registered to Wm. Foster, Owen Sound.
Sources: mmgl,mv,is

------------------------------------------------------ 1065
ANNA M. FOSTER
Other names : also seen as ANNIE M. FOSTER
Official no. : C71276
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1875, Abbott, Foster & Titus, Port Burwell, Ont.
Specs : 82x20x9, 78gc 78nc
Date of loss : 1889, Aug 31
Place of loss : 20 mi NE of Charlotte, NY
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : none
Carrying : coal
Detail : Collided with 91 ft. steam yacht SIESTA and sank. Bound for Kingston and out of Kingston.
Sources: mmgl,h,nsp,hgl,es,hcgl

------------------------------------------------------ 1066
CHARLES FOSTER
Other names : none
Official no. : 125581
Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood, 3-mast, bulk freight
Build info : 1877, Valentine Fries, Huron, OH (Also shown as built by Rayner at Milan, OH)
Specs : 227x36x16 998g 948n
Date of loss : 1900, Dec 9
Place of loss : off Presque Isle, Erie, PA
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 8
Carrying : (iron ore)
Detail : Tow of steamer IRON DUKE, she filled and sank in gale. The wreck was considered a menace to navigation, lying in the steamer track 9 miles out of Presque Isle, 82 deg. W from Presque Isle Light. A mast thought to be hers still projected above the water in Summer, 1901.
Masts were 103, 105 & 90ft. above the deck. Carried 21 t. of anchors & chain
Sources: nsp,ns1,h,mv,mpl

------------------------------------------------------ 1067
D. FOSTER
Other names : none
Official no. : C90555 or possibly 90552
Type at loss : propeller, wood (tug?)
Build info : 1885, D. Foster, Port Burwell, Ont.
Specs : 48x13x6, 40g 31n
Date of loss : 1887, Sep 10
Place of loss : at Port Burwell, Ont.
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Destroyed by fire following a collision.
Registered out of Pt. Burwell, location of Foster Shipyard.
Sources: mmgl,h,win

------------------------------------------------------ 1068
D.M. FOSTER
Other names : none also seen as DELL FOSTER
Official no. : C ?
Type at loss : schooner, wood, lumber, 3-mast
Build info : 1863, D. Foster, Port Burwell, Ont.
Specs : 121x23x9, 251 t.
Date of loss : 1882, Dec 1
Place of loss : at Oswego, NY
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : lumber
Detail : Picked up by a harbor tug outside the harbor entrance, but broke her towline and went bows-on into the breakwater while being towed in. Holed and sank, reportedly a total loss of $3300. Bound Toronto for Oswego.
Port of hail: Port Burwell. Owned by Sylvester Bros.
Rebuilt in 1874, major repair in '80
Sources: nsp,mmgl,win,clu,is,h,usls,rp,dmt,hcgl

------------------------------------------------------ 1069
DAVID FOSTER
Other names : ?
Official no. : ?
Type at loss : barge, wood, bulk freight
Build info : 1918,
Specs : 447 t.
Date of loss : 1936, Nov 9
Place of loss : 18 mi off Presque Isle, Erie, PA
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : foundered
Loss of life : 1 [all]
Carrying : ?
Detail : no detail
Sources: eas,h

------------------------------------------------------ 1070
E.M. FOSTER
Other names : rebuilt as EDWARD H. JENKS(qv), later FAUSTIN (qv)
Official no. : C85471
Type at loss : propeller, wood
Build info : 1882, D. Foster, Port Dover, ONt.
Specs : 98x19x5 138gc 95nc
Date of loss : 1888, Oct 8
Place of loss : near Aux Barques, MI
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : Capsized and drifted ashore minus her engines - which had fallen out - and upperworks. Declared a total loss on the 11th after salvage attempts failed. Underwriters sold her off the beach to a group of Americans who salvaged her and rebuilt her as EDWARD H. JENKS(qv).
Sources: eas,csv,mmgl,h,nsp,wb,sb

------------------------------------------------------ 1071
I.N. FOSTER
Other names : none
Official no. : 100031
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1872, Fitzgerald, Port Huron
Specs : 135x26x12, 319 t.
Date of loss : 1887, Aug 7
Place of loss : in shallows around Washington Isl.
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : some (but some reports say no lives were lost)
Carrying : ?
Detail : Driven into shallows 250 feet from water deep enough to float her. Stripped and abandoned, but later a channel was dredged to her. Recovered and rebuilt as a prop 135x26x11, 356/278t
Major repair in 1882 Scrapped in 1928.
Sources: mv,eas,nsp,h,ns3,wb,sb,mpl,es3-1,hcgl

------------------------------------------------------ 4182
REBECCA FOSTER
Other names : none
Official # : C none
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1857, J & D Foster, Port Rowan
Specs : 75x20x6, 90 t.
Date of loss : 1863, Nov [1st week]
Place of loss : Off Long Point
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : lumber
Detail : She was driven ashore and wrecked in Sturgeon Bay. Her crew was exposed to the elements for nearly a full day before being rescued.
Out of Port Rowan, Ont., owned by Foster & Davis
Sources : eas,hgl,rnc,mmgl


------------------------------------------------------ 1072
SAMUEL H. FOSTER
Other names : none
Official no. : 115150
Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood, 2-mast built as 3-mast schooner
Build info : 1873, Lafrinier, Cleveland
Specs : 189x34x13 673g 639n
Date of loss : 1906, Oct 6
Place of loss : Misery Bay, near the base of the Keweenaw
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying :
light
Detail : Driven ashore and wrecked by a gale/blizzard while in tow of the tug L. L. BARTH with the barge WAYNE.
Owned by Hines Lumber Co. of Chicago
Sources: nsp,ns1,mv,lss,eas,
hcgl

------------------------------------------------------ 1073
WILLIAM FOSTER
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1851, H. J. Jones, Detroit, MI
Specs : 49x15x5, 31 gt [om]
Date of loss : 1858, Jun
Place of loss : S of Racine, WI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : merchandise
Detail : Capsized and stranded in a white squall.
Sources: sagl,hgl,bb,wl

------------------------------------------------------ 1074
FOSTORIA
Other names : none
Official no. : 9534
Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1865, Flint, Black R., OH
Specs : 124x27x8 238g 226n
Date of loss : 1901, May 10
Place of loss : near Port Huron, MI
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : ice
Loss of life : 2
Carrying : coal
Detail : She collided head-on with a late season ice floe in fog. She stove in her bows, causing her to sink very quickly. She had been in tow of the steamer ANNIE LAURA.
Also heavily damaged in a grounding near Detour, MI, in 1874 when she plunged into a rock in heavy seas and sank in 3 minutes. In November of the same year she was thought to be a total loss in a storm off Fairport, OH.
Major repairs in 1874 and 83.
Sources: slh,ns1,nsp,h

------------------------------------------------------ 3467
FOUNTAIN CITY
Other names : none
Official no. : 9680
Type at loss : propeller, wood
Build info : 1857, Peck & Masters, Cleveland
Specs : 210x30x12, 969g 805n
Date of loss : 1896, May 5
Place of loss : at Sturgeon Bay, WI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : Burned to a total loss
at a coal dock.
Rebuilt, 1865, 1866, major repairs, 1863, 81
Sources: polk,mv,lhl,hgl,mpl
,hcgl

------------------------------------------------------ 3679
FOUR BROTHERS
Other names : none
Official no. : 9925
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1870, C. Choltz, Holland, MI
Specs : 89x22x7, 96g 91n
Date of loss : 1892, Oct 28
Place of loss : unreported
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : Stranded and lost in a heavy NW gale.
She was a lumber schooner out of Milwaukee.
Sources: mv,hgl,wb,polk,bb

------------------------------------------------------ 3468
FOX
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : sidewheel steamer, wood, tug
Build info : 1851, V. Bidwell, Buffalo
Specs : 100x16x7, 162 gt. (102 nt.)
Date of loss : 1863, Oct 20
Place of loss : at Newport, MI
Lake : St Clair R
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none [2 crewmen badly burned]
Carrying : none
Detail : Caught fire at 3 a.m. and burned to a total loss at her dock.
She had spent many years in the upriver trade on the Saginaw R., sold to Detroit parties [Capt. Dana] in 1862, where she had been used as a tug on the St. Clair Flats.
Major repairs in 1861,62,63
Sources: lhl,hgl,greve,wl,rsl,nsp,eas

------------------------------------------------------ 4138
FOX
Other names : none
Official No. : none
Type at loss : brig, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1852, Bidwell & Banta, Buffalo
Specs : 405 t.
Date of loss : 1867, mid-October
Place of loss : North Harbor reef
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : (none)
Carrying : staves
Detail : Bound for Buffalo, she was reported ashore and a total loss, her bottom torn out. A wrecking expedition was sent a few days later to try to salvage her, but returned quickly, having saved only her cargo and a few items from the ship.
Owned by Capt. Buckley
Repaired in 1861
Sources : nsp,rsl,hgl,umr

------------------------------------------------------
HATTIE A. FOX - See MENTOR

------------------------------------------------------ 1075
FRANCE
Other names : ?
Official no. : none
Type at loss : bark or schooner, wood, 3-mast
Build info : ?
Specs : ?
Date of loss : 1854
Place of loss : near Goderich, Ont.
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : "lost"
Loss of life : all but one
Carrying : ?
Detail : Foundered or stranded. A captain whose vessel was stranded at Kettle Point, Ont. reported the loss of a 3-master near Goderich in Dec 1854. May be this vessel or COL. CARRY (qv).
Sources: slh,hgl not in mmgl

------------------------------------------------------ 3573
FRANCIS
Other names : none
Official no. : 37141*
Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood
Build info : 1866, L'anse Creuse Bay, MI
Specs : 64x18x4, 36 t.
Date of loss : 1888, Oct
Place of loss : unreported
Lake : unreported
Type of loss : wrecked
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : No detail.
Document surrendered 3/30/89. Annotated in Port Huron Custom House records as "Total loss, wreck book, October 1888."
*unrigged barge number, but listed in '84 MV as schooner
Sources: phr,mv

------------------------------------------------------ 3569
FRANKFORT
Other names : none
Official no. : 9967
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight "steambarge"
Build info : 1871, Jones & Garrett, Detroit [Springwells]
Specs : 104x24x8, 155 t.
Date of loss : 1874,
Oct
Place of loss : unreported
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Burned to a total loss.
Owned out of Bangor, MI by W. McCarthy
Sources: phr,wl,nsp

------------------------------------------------------ 1076
FRANKLIN
Other names : ?
Official no. : none
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : (1818)
Specs : (90 t.)
Date of loss : 1820, Oct 11
Place of loss : 12 mi below the mouth of the Grand R., near the site of Fairport, O
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 4 [all]
Carrying : salt, merchandise
Detail : Had been at anchor off Grand River when a storm broke. Put to sea rather than ride it out and foundered the next day, about 3 miles from shore.
Owned by P.S. Hamot of Erie, PA
Sources: eas,sol,h,ledc,hgl,nsp,rp

------------------------------------------------------ 1077
BEN FRANKLIN
Other names : ?, also seen as B. FRANKLIN
Official no. : none
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : (Clayton, NY)
Specs : ?
Date of loss : 1842, Nov 18
Place of loss : near the mouth of the Grand River
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : 50 t. RR iron, merch
Detail : Bound for Toledo in a gale, she was driven ashore near site of Fairport, OH.
Worth $2300.
Sources: is(2-67),nsp

------------------------------------------------------ 1078
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
Other names : sometimes seen as BEN FRANKLIN
Official no. : none
Type at loss : sidewheel steamer, wood, passenger & package freight
Build info : 1842,
Gilman Appleby, Buffalo, NY (Algonac, MI also seen)
Specs : 135x20x9., 231 t.
Date of loss : 1850, Oct 8
Place of loss : shallows around the southeast end of Thunder Bay Isl.
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : supplies for the island lighthouse and fishermen
Detail : Stranded and wrecked in a sudden squall. She was later stripped and the hull broke up in a storm about Nov 28. The gear, machinery and everything salvaged from the wreck was washed away from the shore of the island at about the same time.
Year of loss also given in error as 1853.
One source says she was a propeller
Owned by Henry Walker of Detroit.
Sources: eas,slh,stb,is,lhl,hgl,wl,
bc,hcgl

------------------------------------------------------ 3786
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
Other names : (none) most often seen as BEN FRANKLIN
Official no. : 2381
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1857, D. McNett, Sodus, NY
Specs : 147 t.
Date of loss : 1877, Nov 5
Place of loss : near Port Clinton, OH [seen as Canby Reef and W Sister Reef]
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : coal
Detail : Bound Cleveland for Detroit, she was caught in a storm and driven aground. Tug OSWEGO attempted to salvage her two weeks later, but was unable to lower the water in her and she was abandoned.
Owned by Devill of Sodus, NY, homeport at Oswego.
Sources: nsp,hgl,mv

------------------------------------------------------ 1080
W. C. FRANZ
Other names : built as URANUS, renamed in 1913
Official no. : C130775
Type at loss : propeller, steel, bulk freight
Build info : 1901, Wyandotte, MI US# 25339
Specs : 346x48x28, 3429gc 2030nc
Date of loss : 1934, Nov 21
Place of loss : 8 mi E of Thunder Bay Isl.*
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : 4
Carrying :
light
Detail : Collided with package freighter EDWARD E. LOOMIS and sank.
*site also given as further to the SE than this one.
As URANUS, she went ashore and was heavily pounded near Calumet, Michigan, on Lake Superior, in May of 1906.
Sold Canadian, 1913
Sources: is(4-67),mmgl,slh,stb,sol,ns4,h,lhdc,csv,win,mpl,nsp
,hcgl

------------------------------------------------------ 1081
FRED & WILL
Other names : none
Official no. : 9719
Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood
Build info : 1867, S. Carroll, Buffalo one source says built 1857
Specs : 10 t.
Date of loss : 1878, Oct 14
Place of loss : off Sand Isl., Apostles Group
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : explosion
Loss of life : none
Carrying : none
Detail : Wrecked and sunk by boiler explosion. Her 3 crew swam ashore
Sources: lss,lhl,wl

------------------------------------------------------ 3333
FREE MASON
Other names : none
Official no. : US
Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1857, S. E. Field, Black R., OH
Specs : 67x19x1, 35 t.
Date of loss : 1867, Oct 8
Place of loss : near Clark's Fishery
Lake : Detroit R
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : 3 or more
Carrying : stone
Detail : Collided with a downbound steamer and capsized. Sank very quickly, due to her heavy cargo. The captain, his wife and 4 year old daughter were among the lost. The steamer reportedly proceeded without stopping. She was raised from the channel the 19th, but not returned to service.
Owned by her skipper, J. Murphy out of Toledo.
Swept from her moorings and wrecked by a gale at Milwaukee, Apr 2, 1866.
Sources: nsp,hgl,wl,rsl

------------------------------------------------------ 1082
FREE STATE
Other names : none
Official no. : 9157
Type at loss : propeller, wood, freighter
Build info : 1856, Bidwell & Banta, Buffalo
Specs : 186x31x13, 947g [768 t. om]
Date of loss : 1871, Sep 30
Place of loss : Gray's Reef, 10 mi W of Waugoschance Pt.
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : stranded
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : oats, wheat, flour & broom corn
Detail : Ran aground in shallows and wrecked in heavy fog. Outbound from Chicago. At first it seemed like she was in no danger, but as wreckers were preparing to come to her aid three days later, word came that she had broken up.
Owned by Western Transportation Co. of Buffalo.
Rebuilt in 1861
Sources: eas,mv,lhl,slh,lmdc,hgl,nsp,ssm,mpl

------------------------------------------------------ 1083
FREE TRADE
Other names : none
Official no. : 120588
Type at loss : sidewheel tug and ferry, wood
Build info : 1884, Duluth
Specs : 66x13x4, 37g 32n
Date of loss : 1890, Nov 1
Place of loss : at Duluth
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : none
Detail : Destroyed by fire in harbor.
One source gives July 5 as date of loss.
Sources: mv,gwgl,is,lss

------------------------------------------------------ 1085
FREE TRADER
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1829, St. Ignace, MI
Specs : 52x14x 5, 33 t.
Date of loss : 1835
Place of loss : Manitou Passage
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 2
Carrying : ?
Detail : Driven ashore and destroyed by a gale.
Sources: ssb,nb,

------------------------------------------------------ 1084
FREE TRADER
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : sidewheel steamer, wood, passenger & package freight
Build info : 1848, Augustin Cantin, Montreal
Specs : 136x24x10, 134 t.
Date of loss : 1857, Oct 25
Place of loss : Port Stanley, Ont.
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : wheat
Detail : Destroyed by fire at her dock, along with the dock and three warehouses. One of the warehouses supported Port Stanley's harbor lighthouse. Damage to the steamer was over $40,000, but she is not listed as a total loss. The schooner ISAAC BUCHANAN, lying alongside, was also reported destroyed, but there is no official record of her.
Sources: csv,mmgl,hgl,nsp,rnc

------------------------------------------------------ 1086
FREEDOM
Other names : ?
Official no. : none
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : ?
Specs : ?
Date of loss : 1844
Place of loss : 15 mi N of Fort Gratiot, MI
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : capsized
Loss of life : 3
Carrying : ?
Detail : no detail
Sources: slh,hgl

------------------------------------------------------ 3334
FREEDOM
Other names : none
Official no. : 9194
Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood
Build info : 1857, M. Montgomery, Green Bay
Specs : 68 t.
Date of loss : 1869, Oct 14
Place of loss : Calumet Point, near Chicago
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : lumber & oak piles
Detail : Went ashore and pounded to pieces.
Out of Chicago, owned by L. Morgan.
Sources: nsp,rsl,mdwl

------------------------------------------------------ 1087
D. FREEMAN
Other names : also seen as B. FREEMAN
Official no. : C
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1869, D. Foster, Port Burwell, Ont.
Specs : 108x22x8, 194gc, 194 nc
Date of loss : 1888, Aug 13
Place of loss : 7 mi W of Oswego, NY [Lewis Bluff]
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : light
Detail : Bound Belleville, Ont. for Oswego, she went ashore in a heavy summer storm. Estimated value of vessel & cargo: $5000. She was probably later recovered.
Sources: (mv),slh,wb,sb,rp

------------------------------------------------------ 1088
MARTHA FREME
Other names : none also seen as MARTHA FREEME
Official no. : none
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1835, Oswego, NY
Specs : 89x20x9, 149 t.
Date of loss : 1848
Place of loss : near Port Burwell, Ont.
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : (storm)
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Piled on a reef and total loss.
Rebuilt and enlarged in 1842.
Sources: sagl,wl

------------------------------------------------------ 1089
FREMONT
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : sidewheel steamer, wood, passenger & package freight
Build info : 1851, J. Keating, Sandusky, OH
Specs : 114x19x5 95g
Date of loss : 1858, Jun 10
Place of loss : at Plaster Bed, Sandusky Bay, OH
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : none?
Detail : The FREMONT was docked for the night when she caught fire in her wood bunker and was consumed quickly. She was cut loose from the dock and drifted ashore, burning completely on the beach. 4 crewmen who were asleep in the fo’c’sle barely escaped with their lives.
Sources: www,hgl,nsp

------------------------------------------------------ 3787
FREMONT
Other names : none
Official no. : 9160
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1856, C.V. Jamieson, Perrysburgh, OH
Specs : 209 t.
Date of loss : 1869, Nov 29
Place of loss : unreported position
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : none
Carrying : 2,200 bbl salt
Detail : Bound Oswego for Sandusky and collided with the propeller WENONA in the darkness. WENONA took her crew off and tried to take the schooner in tow flank on flank, but the FREMONT sank in 12 fathoms of water.
Out of Buffalo
Sources: nsp,hgl,mv,rsl,mdwl

------------------------------------------------------ 3335
JOHN FREMONT
Other names : also seen as J. C. FREMONT
Official no. : none
Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood
Build info : 1856, Merry & Gay, Milan, OH
Specs : 285 t.
Date of loss : 1865, Jun
Place of loss : near Bailey's Harbor, WI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : none
Carrying : lumber
Detail : Rammed by the big bark AMERICAN UNION(qv) at about dawn and sank quickly. Crew rescued by AMERICAN UNION.
Hailed from Chicago
Sources: nsp,hgl,rsl,
umr

------------------------------------------------------ 1090
THOMAS FRIANT
Other names : also seen on official lists as THOMAS FRYANT
Official no. : 145380
Type at loss : propeller, wood, passenger & freight*
Build info : 1884, Duncan Robertson, Grand Haven, MI
Specs : 96x18x8 81g 46n
Date of loss : 1924, Jan 6
Place of loss : near the mouth of Knife River, MN
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : ice
Loss of life : none
Carrying : fishermen
Detail : Hull cut by ice and sank during charter fishing trip.
Nearly destroyed by fire at the Soo in Dec, 1908. Document surrendered, but she was later re-enrolled.
*also used as a tug and excursion boat.
Sources: ns3,mv,lss,mpl,eas

------------------------------------------------------
FRIEND’S GOOD WILL - See LITTLE BELT

------------------------------------------------------
FRONTENAC - See also H.N. JEX

------------------------------------------------------ 1091
FRONTENAC
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : brig, wood, trading & exploration
Build info : 1678, Sieur de LaSalle, Fort Frontenac [Kingston], Ont.
Specs : 40 t.
Date of loss : 1679, Jan 8
Place of loss : Cape Enrage, near the mouth of Niagara R.
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ironwork and supplies for the building of the GRIFFON[qv]
Detail : Dragged her anchors and went ashore after being stranded by adverse winds. Soon destroyed by wave action
Probably the first decked vessel lost on the Great Lakes.
Sources: is(1-76),hgl

------------------------------------------------------ 1094
FRONTENAC
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : sidewheel steamer, wood, passenger & freight*
Build info : 1816, Bath - rigged at Ernestown, Ont.
Specs : 170x32 ft., 740 t.
Date of loss : 1827, Sep
Place of loss : near Niagara R. mouth, at Ft. George
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : fire [arson]
Loss of life : several
Carrying : ?
Detail : Set ablaze and damaged beyond repair - later broken up. Her loss was attributed to incendiaries [arsonists], and a reward of £100 was offered by her owners for their capture, but they were never caught.
Also reported as lost on Lake Erie
1st steamer on the Great Lakes, her machinery was imported from England. She also ran the 1st successful steamer route, Kingston, Ont. to the Niagara R.
*3-mast fore & aft rigged
Some sources give Millhaven as place of build
Sources: csqw,is,sol,csv,eluc,hgl,nsp,ssnr

------------------------------------------------------ 3788
FRONTENAC
Other names : none
Official no. : 33566
Type at loss : barge, wood, bulk freight
Build info : 1862, Thos. Lee, Quebec, PQ
Specs : 140x30x9, 282 t.
Date of loss : 1885, Apr 9
Place of loss : unreported
Lake : (Ontario)
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Stranded and abandoned.
Sunk in a collision near Kingston in 1883.
Another schooner FRONTENAC, 115x19x7, 138/152 t., b. by D. Tait, Amherst Isl., Ont., was reported lost at an unreported location in about 1872.
Sources: hgl,mmgl,polk,rsl

------------------------------------------------------ 1092
FRONTENAC
Other names : none
Official no. : C111767
Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood,
Build info : 1901, Garden Isl., Ont.
Specs : 89x22x8, 111gc 64nc
Date of loss : 1929, Dec 5
Place of loss : between Ducks & Simcoe I, E end of the Lake
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : none
Detail : Took on water and foundered while running for port. Crew rescued by the tug RIVAL. FRONTENAC sank in 110 feet of water.
Wreck located by accident in Sep, 1995, upright and in good condition.
Sources: csqw,net,h,csv,win,mmgl

------------------------------------------------------ 1093
FRONTENAC
Other names : none
Official no. : 223708
Type at loss : propeller motor vessel, steel, bulk freight
Build info : 1923, Great Lakes Engineering Works, River Rouge, MI
Specs : 580x60x32 8158g 5980n
Date of loss : 1979, Nov 22
Place of loss : near Pellet Isl., MN
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : (storm)
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : Grounded on a reef with heavy damage. Assessed and considered to be a constructive total loss. Later towed
to Superior, Wis, where she sat until scrapped in 1985.
Sources: is,mpl,hcgl

------------------------------------------------------ 1095
FRONTIER
Other names : built as EMPRESS OF INDIA, renamed ARGYLE, 1899, renamed FRONTIER in 1912
Official no. : C94926 [renumbered in 1899, originally C# 72998]
Type at loss : sidewheel steamer, wood, passenger & package freight
Build info : 1876, Jamieson, Mill Point, Ont.
Specs : 185x26x10 700gc 374nc*
Date of loss : 1918, Mar 31
Place of loss : off Windsor, Ont.
Lake : Detroit R
Type of loss : foundered
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : none
Detail : Sank at Chatham, Ont, in 1916 and constructive total loss.
Taken to Detroit for possible repairs, but later abandoned at Windmill Point boneyard.
Major repair in 1884
*after 1899 major rebuild - originally 170x26, 579 t.
Sources: csv,mmgl
,hcgl

------------------------------------------------------ 1096
FRONTIER
Other names : built as NIAGARA FRONTIER, renamed in 1920
Official no. : 207434
Type at loss : propeller, wood, supply boat
Build info : 1902, Buffalo Drydock Co., Buffalo as a ferry
Specs : 121x38x14, 421g 287n
Date of loss : 1937, Jul 19
Place of loss : St. Mary's River
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : sank
Loss of life : 2
Carrying : ?
Detail : Went down quickly in the river
while supplying the steamer WILLIAM J. WOLCOTT , cause unreported. Thought to be unsalvagable, but later recovered by Great Lakes Towing and returned to service. Scrapped about 1980.
United States Steel supply boat.
Sources: sol,is,mv,rkr,mpl
,hcgl

------------------------------------------------------ 1097
FRONTIER CITY
Other names : see below
Official no. : 9150
Type at loss : brig, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1860, A. Miller, Oswego, NY
Specs : 178 ft, 267 gt. 200 nt.
Date of loss : 1871, Oct 29
Place of loss : near Kincardine, Ont.
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : light
Detail : Driven ashore by a westerly gale, she lay in only two feet of water and thus was abandoned by her skipper/owner. Later broke up. Location also given as "Chatham Bar." Homeport: Buffalo.
Built on wrecked hull of brig CANTON (also built at Oswego, 1845), but not a rebuild of her.
Sources: osdo,slh,is,hgl,nsp

------------------------------------------------------ 1098
GEORGE S. FROST
Other names : sometimes seen as GEORGE M. FROST
Official no. : 10828
Type at loss : sidewheel steamer, wood, passenger & package freight
Build info : 1868, J. Luff, Marine City, MI
Specs : 97x16x7 140 t.
Date of loss : 1879, Sep
Place of loss : at Erie, PA
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : Destroyed by fire.
Ran aground on Marengo Island Jul 4, 1877.
Rebuilt at Detroit in 1870, originally 85x15x7, 131 t.
Ran in 1876 as an excursion boat between Detroit and the mineral springs at Mt. Clemens, Mich.
Sources: sol,h,lhl,hgl,mpl,nsp

------------------------------------------------------ 1099
WALTER L. FROST
Other names : none
Official no. : 80973
Type at loss : propeller, wood, package freighter
Build info : 1883, Detroit Dry Dock, Wyandotte, MI
Specs : 239x37x13 1322g 1263n
Date of loss : 1903, Nov 4
Place of loss : off S. Manitou Isl.
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : stranded
Loss of life : none
Carrying : general merch
Detail : Travelling in high winds and fog, she went on a rocky reef and tore her bottom out. Her crew made it to shore safely, with the help of the Lifesaving Service. The vessel was left to rot. She broke up in a storm Nov 9.
In 1960, the steamer FRANCISCO MORAZAN(qv) struck on the same reef and came to rest athwart the FROST's remains.
Bound Chicago for Ogdensburg, NY.
Sources: atl,is(1-61),gs,ns1,hdm,lmdc,h,mv,nsp,nb,mpl

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THOMAS FRYANT - See THOMAS FRIANT

------------------------------------------------------ 1100
EVRA FULLER
Other names : built as the schooner LENA JOHNSON, renamed in 1882
Official no. : 15956
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast
Build info : 1873, Anderson, Ft. Howard, WI
Specs : 133x26x10 229g 217n
Date of loss : 1893, Oct 13
Place of loss : near Racine, WI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : lumber
Detail : She went on Racine Reef in a fog and was destroyed by a gale. The crew made it ashore in yawl, but the vessel broke up the next day.
Bound Menominee for Chicago.
Sources: mv,h,lmdc,nsp,wb,hgl,bb

------------------------------------------------------ 1101
FULTON
Other names : none
Official no. : 9298
Type at loss : sloop-barge, wood
Build info : 1854, Lafrinier & Stevenson, Cleveland OH as a schooner
Specs : 138x26x10, 256g 243n
Date of loss : 1908, Jul 17
Place of loss : off Toledo, OH
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : foundered
Loss of life : none of 5
Carrying : ?
Detail : Foundered.
She went ashore on Mackinack Point in the spring of 1859 and was expected to become a total loss. She was recovered
Discarded in 1904, but returned to service.
Listed as unrigged barge in 1894 MVUS
Sources: mv,rs,eas,phr,osdo

------------------------------------------------------ 1102
E.A. FULTON
Other names : built as schooner A. BOODY(qv) renamed in 1908
Official no. : C100762
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1863, Rogers, Toledo US# 872
Specs : 137x25x11 312 gc 288 nc
Date of loss : (1899)
Place of loss : Straits of Mackinac
Lake : Hur/Mich
Type of loss : foundered
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : No detail. Probably recovered, as her vague record calls her "out of commission" in 1920, but gives no date..
Sold Canadian in 1894.
Rebuilt in 1872 and 84
Sources: mv,mmgl,slh,mpl

------------------------------------------------------ 1103
ROBERT FULTON
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : sidewheel steamer, wood, passenger & package freight
Build info : 1835, Fairbanks Church, Cleveland
Specs : 139x26x10, 368 t.
Date of loss : 1844, Oct 25
Place of loss : 14 mi E of Dunkirk, NY, near Evans, NY
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 4
Carrying : gen merch
Detail : Went on the rocks and pounded to pieces in a gale.
Year of loss also given as 1842, place also Sturgeon Point (which is near actual loss location) and Lake Huron (which also has a Sturgeon Pt.)
She and her near-twin DEWITT CLINTON were reputedly the first lakes steamers built primarily as freighters, with relatively few passenger accommodations.
Sources: slh,le,is,lhl,hgl,nsp,wl

------------------------------------------------------ 1104
FUR TRADER
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : schooner, wood, trade goods
Build info : 1812, Lake Superior
Specs : 40 t.,
Date of loss : 1812
Place of loss : Rapids of St. Mary's River
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : wrecked
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : furs
Detail : Wrecked near Sault Ste Marie, while trying to "shoot the rapids." She actually made it to the foot of the rapids, but sustained so much damage that she was considered a "constructive total loss," as we would now say, and never sailed again.
Owned by John Jacob Astor
Sources: ls,gwgl,hgl,nsp
 


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