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KAGAWONG - See EASTNOR

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KAKABEKA
Other names : none
Official no. : C92611
Type at loss : propeller, wood, fishing tug
Build info : 1885, Toronto
Specs : 68x18x7, 113gc 73nc
Date of loss : 1895, Dec 12
Place of loss : Silver Islet, near Port Arthur, Ont.
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none [nobody aboard]
Carrying : none
Detail : Struck by a gale, she broke away from her dock and drifted out into the lake. A change of wind then drove her back on shore near where she started. She was salvagable at first, but she broke up in heavy waves the 16th while salvagers were enroute.
Registered out of Winnipeg, Alta.
Sources: nsp,mmgl,h,csv,lss,win,hgl

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KALAMAZOO
Other names : none
Official no. : 14474
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight "rabbit"
Build info : 1888, Martel, Saugatuck, MI
Specs : 116x24x9, 289gt 244nt
Date of loss : 1892, May 25
Place of loss : on a line Chicago-Saugatuck
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : She collided with the steamer PILGRIM in a passing error. The crew of KALAMAZOO boarded PILGRIM, which took the former in tow. While the pumps worked to keep her afloat, the boat slowly sank, finally going down while still well out in the lake, 6 hrs after the collision. The wreck occurred in foggy conditions.
Sources: mv,lmdc,ssa,nsp,wb,hgl,mpl

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KALIYUGA
Other names : none
Official no. : 164458
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight
Build info : 1887, S. Langell, St. Clair, MI
Specs : 270x40x21 1941g 1581n
Date of loss : 1905, Oct 20
Place of loss : last seen off Presque Isle, MI
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 17 [all]
Carrying : iron ore
Detail : Went missing in the "Great Gale of 1905." A "ghost ship", it is said that she can be seen slipping through the fog around Thunder Bay and that her whistle can be heard blowing distress signals that will never be answered above the breakers on stormy nights. Owned by St. Clair Steamship Co. (J.H. Sheadle, prop.) Some bodies later recovered showed that at least part of the crew had abandoned ship.
Sources: (nsp),eas,slh,gs,stb,mol,sol,ns1,h,lhdc,mpl

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KALKASKA
Other names : none
Official no. : 164429
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight sandsucker
Build info : 1884, S. Langell, St. Clair, MI
Specs : 178x34x16 380g 555n
Date of loss : 1932, Sep 15*
Place of loss : off Marine City, MI
Lake : St Clair R
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : none
Detail : Burned to a total loss. Did not sink, but her remains were suitable only for scrapping.
*date also given as Oct 10
Sources: eas,ns4,h,mv,mpl

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KALOOLAH
Other names : maybe named COLLINGWOOD, 1855-57
Official no. : C33525
Type at loss : sidewheel steamer, wood, passenger & freight
Build info : 1852, Jones or Bidwell and Banta, Buffalo
Specs : 188x25x10, 621gc 532nc
Date of loss : 1862, Aug 22
Place of loss : mouth of the Saugeen R., near Southampton, Ont.
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : She was driven ashore by a gale and broke up on the beach a few days later. She had been attempting to render aid to the bark SIRCHARLES NAPIER, which had gone ashore the 16th.
Owned by Vanevery and Rumball of Goderich.
A Canadian vessel by fall, 1853
Her engine was from the steamer LEXINGTON (1838-52) and before that the steamer UNCLE SAM (1832-37)
Build info also seen as 1858, J. McGregor,Detroit, but just rebuilt there
Sources: eas,is(3-67),mmgl,slh,lhdc,csv,hgl,nsp,rnc

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KAMINISTIQUIA - See also BUTCHER’S MAID

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KAMINISTIQUIA
Other names : built as the steamer IMPERIAL, renamed in 1906
Official no. : C90571
Type at loss : propeller, wood, passenger & package freight
Build info : 1886, Redway, Toronto
Specs : 109x22 106g 79n
Date of loss : 1910, Aug 21
Place of loss : Port Arthur, Ont., near Kaministiquia R.
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : Burned to the waterline.
She was rebuilt after a destructive fire near the same spot in 1906.
Rebuilt in 1894, 1906. Original tonnage: 245.
Sources: mmgl,is,csv,lss,win,mpl

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KAMLOOPS
Other names : none
Official no. : C147682
Type at loss : propeller, steel, package freight "canaller"
Build info : 1924, Furness Ship Building, Haverton Hill [Tees Estuary], England hull# 68
Specs : 250x43 2402 t.
Date of loss : 1927, Dec 7
Place of loss : off Twelve O'Clock Point, Isle Royale
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 22 [all]
Carrying : general merch
Detail : Went missing in tremendous gale, probably capsized from the weight of ice in her superstructure. Little information or wreckage was found until the wreck was discovered in 1977 in 175-280' of water. She has claimed at least one diver since. Bound Montreal for Ft. William.
Bodies of part of her crew were found on Amygdaloid I. the next spring, sitting around a fire site. They had been chewed, apparently by wolves.
Sources: mmgl,is,irs,lol,gs,h,gsgl,win,mpl,rf

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KANSAS
Other names : built as propeller CHAMPLAIN, renamed CITY OF CHARLEVOIX('88), this name in 1904
Official no. : 5848
Type at loss : propeller, wood, passenger & package freight
Build info : 1870, A.C. Keating, Cleveland (location also given as Ogdensburg, NY)
Specs : 185x33x12, 835g 588n
Date of loss : 1924, Oct 27
Place of loss : Manistee, MI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Burned to a total loss.
2 other major fires before this one
Some sources say she was built in 1884
Lengthened 30 feet in 1888 after a major fire in June of 1887 and 20 more feet in 1894
Sources: mv,eas,sol,ns3

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E. KANTER
Other names : none also seen as EDWARD KANTER, ELLEN KANTER
Official no. : 8105
Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood, bulk freight
Build info : 1862, McDole & Lester, Newport [Marine City] as a schooner
Specs : 133x27x11, 272g 245n
Date of loss : 1872, Nov 26
Place of loss : 2 mi from Leland, MI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : 463 t. RR iron
Detail : Bound Buffalo for Chicago, she was driven ashore by a gale, she was stripped before she broke up a few days later. Her valuable cargo was recovered the following May.
She was named for a popular Detroit ship-chandler. Owned by Tremain & Weeks, Detroit.
Sources: hmc,sb,phr,hgl,rsl,nsp

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R. KANTERS
Other names : built as schooner CITY OF WOODSTOCK renamed before '83
Official no. : 125223
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1873, Christianson, Manitowoc
Specs : 113x26x8 165g 156n
Date of loss : 1896, May 29
Place of loss : 3 mi off Plum Island, entrance to Green Bay
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : (storm)
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : She went ashore on the S side of Pilot Island, later slipped off into deep water. Stripped and abandoned June 2.
Rebuilt 1883
Sources: nsp,h,mv,hgl

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KASOTA
Other names : rebuilt as steamer A.A. PARKER(qv)
Official no. : 14428
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight "steambarge"
Build info : 1884, T. Quayle & Sons, Cleveland
Specs : 247x38x21 1661g 1274n
Date of loss : 1890, Jul 17
Place of loss : off Ecorse, MI
Lake : Detroit R
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : 1
Carrying : iron ore
Detail : Rammed and sunk by the sidewheel passenger steamer CITY OF DETROIT II,
which had nearly 1,000 excursionists aboard, when the latter's steering gear broke. Though she sank quickly with the steamer resting right on top of her, the steward's aged mother was the only casualty. She was a serious obstruction in the Detroit R. until being rised in September of 1891 by tying 134 wooden casks to her and filling them with air. Rebuilt as above.
Sources: is,h,ns1,nsp,mpl,usls,
es

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KATAHDIN
Other names : ?
Official no. : none
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 18??
Specs : ?
Date of loss : 1862
Place of loss : unreported
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : "lost"
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : no detail
Sources: slh

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KATAHDIN
Other names : none
Official no. : C92290
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast
Build info : 1888, J. Simpson, Owen Sound Ont.
Specs : 150x31x11, 381g 381n
Date of loss : 1905, Oct 20
Place of loss : near Southampton, Ont.
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : (none)
Carrying : Lumber
Detail : Bound Parry Sound for Sarnia, she was wrecked by a gale and probably driven ashore. Reid Wrecking sent a tug to save her, but she broke up first. Hailed from Sarnia.
Sources: nsp,mmgl,slh,mpl

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KATE
Other names : none
Official no. : C117034
Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood
Build info : 1889, Bay Mills, MI as a yacht US#164483
Specs : 63x16x6, 63g 30n
Date of loss : 1911, Apr 25 (1910 also given)
Place of loss : Mark's Bay, St. Mary's R.
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : none
Detail : Burned to a total loss.
Out of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., owned by Joseph Ganley
Sold Canadian 1906.
Sources: win,mmgl,mv,hgl,mpl

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KATHLEEN
Other names : none
Official no. : C90574
Type at loss : propeller, wood, passenger & package freight
Build info : 1886, Toronto
Specs : 84x18 100gc 75nc
Date of loss : 1918, Mar 12
Place of loss : Toronto Bay
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Burned in the harbor, in the same fire as destroyed ISLAND QUEEN(qv).
Out of Toronto.
Sources: mmgl,csv,win

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RAE KAWAY - See ROCKAWAY

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EDWARD D. KEANE - See LITTLE WISSAHICKON

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KEARSARGE
Other names : none
Official no. : 14042
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1864, J. Oades, Clayton, NY
Specs : 154 t.
Date of loss : 1880, Oct 12
Place of loss : off Racine, WI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : fog/storm
Loss of life : none of 7
Carrying : lumber
Detail : This schooner went on a reef three miles offshore in fog. The captain came ashore to procure a tug to remove her, but before this could be accomplished a storm blew up. The schooner’s outfit was removed before she capsized. She was towed upside-down to Milwaukee where she was abandoned on the beach to break up.
Out of Chicago
Sources: mv,usls,nsp,bb

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A.C. KEATING
Other names : none
Official no. : 105346
Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood, bulk freight
Build info : 1874, A. Turner, Trenton, MI
Specs : 138x26x11 326g 310n
Date of loss : 1900, Nov 8
Place of loss : Coppermine Point, Ont.
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : pulpwood
Detail : Her tow steamer J.H. OUTHWAITE developed engine trouble in a storm and left her at anchor with 2 other barges. Slipped her hold on the bottom and was driven on a rocky shore, where she broke up.
Tow steamer also given as steamer CITY OF NEW YORK.
Owned out of Port Huron by T. Curry
Sources: is(1-71),lssc,is,gwgl,nsp,lss,phr

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T. KEDDLE - See JOHN LEE, Sr.

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KEENAN - See WINNANNA

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KEEPSAKE
Other names : none
Official no. : 47059
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1867, Arnold, Newport [Marine City], MI
Specs : 133x29x11 287g 273n
Date of loss : 1898, Sep 17
Place of loss : somewhere off Ashtabula
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : all (7?)
Carrying : ?
Detail : She foundered in a storm. Her masts and rigging were later found floating 6 mi N of Ashtabula, OH, but the exact position of the hull was never determined.
Also foundered on L. Huron, 1885.
Rebuilt 1882
Sources: ledc,phr,hgl

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KEEPSAKE
Other names : ?
Official no. : (C)?
Type at loss : barge, (wood)
Build info : ?
Specs : ?
Date of loss : 1905
Place of loss : mid-lake
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : foundered
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : no detail
This may be an erroneous reporting of a loss in 1885 in Lake Huron of a barge of the same name, later recovered. The 1885 loss is probably the Marine City vessel (see below)
Sources: slh,

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KEEPSAKE
Other names : none
Official no. : C80573
Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood,
Build info : 1880, W. Miller, River Puce, Ont.
Specs : 73x20x4, 45gc 45nc
Date of loss : 1911, Aug 12
Place of loss : off W tip of Middle Isl.[do2]
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : foundered
Loss of life :
none
Carrying : light
Detail : Bound Pelee Island for Cedar Point, she wrecked on Gull Island Reef. Marblehead Lifesavers rescued her crew.
Last owner, Henry Fleury of Belle River, Ont.
Reg. shows loss date as Jul, 1912, "Gull Isl. Reef"
Sources: do2,mmgl,h,mv,ledc,mpl,
ski

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IDA KEITH
Other names : none
Official no. : 100110
Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood, bulk freight, 3-mast
Build info : 1
873, W.G. Keith, Saugatuck, MI
Specs : 163x31x13 490g 465n
Date of loss : 1922, Jul 17
Place of loss : Sandusky, OH
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : none
Detail : Partially burned at her dock at Sandusky in January. While her owners were deciding what to do with the 49-year old ship, another dockside fire finished her off. There was some speculation that both fires were arson.
A persistent vessel, she was abandoned by her owners as a total loss after wrecks in 1879 and 1894
Major repairs in 1880 and 1881
Sources: eas,ns3,mv,usls,mpl

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WILLIAM G. KEITH
Other names : often seen as W. G. KEITH
Official no. : 80082
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1869, A. Muir, Port Huron, MI
Specs : 124x26x9 211g
Date of loss : 1870, Oct 30
Place of loss : 1/2 mi off Long Point
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : (1)
Carrying : ?
Detail : Driven ashore by gale and wrecked, total loss, in her 2nd year of operation. The tug RESCUE attempted to recover her, but was unsuccessful.
Registered to W.G. Keith of Chicago.
Sources: is,h,ledc,nsp,win

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JOHN KELDERHOUSE - See SACHEM

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WILLIE KELLER
Other names : none
Official no. : 80315
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast
Build info : 1871, Hanson, Manitowoc, WI
Specs : 134 ft., 236g 224n
Date of loss : 1888, Jun 15
Place of loss : SW of Big Sable Point, MI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : none
Carrying : corn
Detail : Bound for Midland, Ont., she sank following a collision with the propeller ROBERT MILLS. MILLS was determined to be at fault, but KELLER's crew had a hard time collecting for their $700 in lost effects in the face of MILLS wealthy owners.
Broke her back in a stranding on the Detroit R. in Sep, 1877.
Major repair in 1880
Sources: mv,slh,nsp,hgl,osdo,es

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KELLEY ISLAND
Other names : none
Official no. : 212301
Type at loss : propeller, steel, sandsucker,
Build info : 1914, American Shipbuilding, Lorain, OH hull# 711
Specs : 180x38x16 683gt 382nt
Date of loss : 1925, May 2
Place of loss : off Point Pelee
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : stowing error
Loss of life : 9
Carrying : sand
Detail : Capsized and sank due to error in stowing her sandsucking equipment, leaving a large open port in her side. The vessel filled through the hole, capsized and sank. Later recovered.
Modified to a self-unloader in 1936.
Reduced to steel derrick barge OHIO in 1961. Later J.B. II.
Sources: s,sol,le,a&f

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A.T. KELLEY - See JOHN LEE, Sr.

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EDWARD KELLEY
Other names : none also seen as EDWARD KELLY
Official no. : 8997
Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood, 3-mast, bulk freight
Build info : 1874, Leighton & Dunford, Port Huron, as a schooner
Specs : 188x35x14 776g 738n
Date of loss : 1911, Nov 25 (also given as Oct 25)
Place of loss : lake side of E breakwall at Port Colborne,Ont
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Parted her towline in a gale and driven on the breakwall. She broke up in place soon after.
Registered out of Erie, PA
Sources: eas,ns2,h,win,mpl

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WILLIAM KELLEY
Other names : ? also seen spelled WILLIAM KELLY
Official no. : 26235
Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood
Build info : 1859, D. Lester, Newport, MI
Specs : 147 nt
Date of loss : 1870, Oct 30
Place of loss : near Windmill Point, Ont.
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 7 [all]
Carrying : oak and black walnut lumber
Detail : Bound Sandusky for Buffalo, she broke up and went down in a gale. Her crew took to the rigging as she sank, but were lost. Two days later her stern washed up on Point Abino.
Homeport:Cleveland, owned by J McCarty
Lengthened in 1864
Sources: nsp,h,hgl,rsl

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A.T. KELLY
Other names : none
Official no. : C85705
Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood "river tug"
Build info : 1884, W. McDonnell, Wallaceburg (builder also given as John Lee)
Specs : 56x14x7, 39gc 26nc
Date of loss : 1885, Nov 14
Place of loss : at dock at Harsen's Isl.
Lake : St Clair R
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : none
Detail : Burned to a total loss. Drifted 3/4 mile downstream and burned out on the Canadian shore. The hull was later recovered and totally rebuilt to T. KEDDLE* [see JOHN LEE, Sr.]
*One of the most-apt names I can think of for a small steam tug.
Registered out of Wallaceburg
Sources: mmgl,h,nsp,win,hgl,st

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KATE KELLY
Other names : also seen as KATE KELLEY
Official No. : C
Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1859, John Davies, Port Rowan, Ont.
Specs : 75x17x6, 73 gc 69nc
Date of loss : 1868, Oct (30)
Place of loss : near Port Burwell, Ont.
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : (none)
Carrying :
Detail : Driven ashore and a total loss in a gale.
Out of Port Dover or Port Ryerse, Ont.
At first reported as the schooner of the same name.
Sources : nsp,mmgl,rsl,jm

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KATE KELLY
Other names : none
Official no. : 14031
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast
Build info : 1867, J. Martel, Tonawanda, NY
Specs : 126x26x10 257g 214n
Date of loss : 1895, May 14
Place of loss : off Wind Point Light, near Racine, WI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 7 [all]
Carrying : RR ties
Detail : Bound Sheboygan for Chicago, she capsized and foundered in equinoctial gale. Her crewmen died in the rigging. Wreck removed in October of the same year.
Owned and mastered by H.J. Hatch of Chicago
Major repair in 1869-70 after stranding in the Straits of Mackinac in November of 1869.
Suffered a near-fatal stranding at Oswego Sep 27, 1875. Rebuilt 1875-6 by Goble & McFarlane.
Sources: nsp,h,lmdc,mv,wb,hgl,osdo,mpl,rp,usls

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KENOSHA
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1854, Peck & Masters or DeGrote, Cleveland
Specs : 377 t.
Date of loss : 1857, Nov 19
Place of loss : 7 mi NW of Thunder Bay Island lighthouse
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none of 11
Carrying : coal
Detail : Bound Cleveland for Chicago, her homeport, she was caught in a full gale/blizzard and driven ashore, where she reportedly was broken in half and dismasted by heavy seas. The crew made it to shore on a raft made from several of her spars. Her cargo was removed the following spring with lighters, and the vessel herself was finally brought in for an entire rebuild in June.
Owned by Capt. B. Shepard, Chicago.
Sources: nsp,hgl,rsl,rnc

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KENOSHA
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : propeller, wood, package & bulk freight
Build info : 1856, Luther Moses, Cleveland
Specs : 195x28x13, 645 t.
Date of loss : 1864, Oct 26
Place of loss : at a Sarnia, Ont. dock
Lake : St Clair R
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : molasses, sugar, etc
Detail : Caught fire from a burst or broken engineroom lantern, at her dock. After she burned through her hawsers she drifted down the river, imperiling many boats and docks before she finally sank a few miles downstream.
Hull resurrected and rebuilt as a barge the next year. [US#47013]
Property of E.B. Ward of Detroit
Sources: eas,is(4-58),slh,is,lhl,nsp,hgl,st,rsl

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KENOSHA
Other names : none
Official no. : 222887
Type at loss : propeller, steel, passenger & package freight
Build info : 1919, Universal Shipbuilding, Sturgeon Bay, WI as large tug hull #122
Specs : 143x30x18, 763g 519n
Date of loss : 1935, Dec 5
Place of loss : at her layup dock at Milwaukee
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : none
Detail : Had just been tied up for the winter when she caught fire and was gutted, a constructive total loss.
Sister of str WAUKEGAN (qv).
Built as a Corps of Engineers tug, but never used as such [not needed after WWI ended]. Converted to a small passenger steamer and given this name in 1920. Rebuilt 1930.
Sources: ns4,rkr,mv,mpl

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KENT
Other names : none
Official no. : C none
Type at loss : sidewheel steamer, wood, passenger & package freight
Build info : 1839, Chatham, Ont
Specs : 122 ft., 180 t.
Date of loss : 1845, Aug 12
Place of loss : off the tip of Long Point*
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : 10 of 87
Carrying : gen merch
Detail : She collided with the steamer LONDON (qv, 1858) while rounding Long Pt. and sank quickly. Foundered in 12 fathoms of water, 10 miles from land.
*Location also given as off Point Pelee
Owners of KENT sued, stating that LONDON violated the light law. This was the first court test of the "rules of the road" law, passed in 1837. They won, but the decision was overturned when it was found that KENT had violated the rules of the road as well.
Sources: eas,is(3-60),is,sol,h,ledc,csv,hgl,mmgl,net,mpl

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HENRY A. KENT
Other names : often seen as H.A. KENT
Official no. : none
Type at loss : propeller, wood
Build info : 1850, F.W. Jones, Buffalo
Specs : 162x25x4, 442 t.
Date of loss : 1854, May 19
Place of loss : off Port Colborne, Ont.*
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : 300 t. misc. merchandise
Detail : Bound Buffalo for Milwaukee and Chicago and well offshore when she caught fire in the cargo hold about 4 pm and was quickly destroyed. Her crew abandoned in her yawl and reached the Canadian shore. She was a $100,000 loss, one of the largest to that time.
Owned by J.C. Evans of Buffalo and Hubby, Huges & Co. of Cleveland.
*location also given as Gravelly Bay
Sources: lhl,hgl,nsp,wl,eas

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HENRY A. KENT
Other names : none
Official no. : 95223
Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood, bulk freight
Build info : 1873, Jones, Detroit
Specs : 195x36x14 772g 733n
Date of loss : 1897, Sep 18
Place of loss : near Stannard Light
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : iron ore
Detail : She was driven down and foundered in a gale. Her crew was rescued with difficulty just before she went down, by her tow steamer J.C. GILCHRIST.
Famous photo shows she and fellow barge MOONLIGHT high and dry near Marquette in an 1895 accident (see CHARLES J. KERSHAW).
major repair, 1883
Sources: gwgl,lss,sol,h,mv,wb,hgl

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KENTUCKY
Other names : also seen as KENTUCKIAN
, later renamed SARAH JANE (see below)
Official no. : none
Type at loss : schooner, wood,
2-mast
Build info : 1836, A. Wilcox, Three Mile Bay, NY
Specs :
80x20x8, 110 t.
Date of loss : 1851, Sep
27 or 8
Place of loss : near Presqu’isle, Ont.
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : all
Carrying :
wheat
Detail : Driven ashore and wrecked in a gale with the loss of all hands. Recovered by Camadians and rebuilt by Quick at Presque Isle as SARAH JANE. Operated until at least 1873.
Rebuilt at Maumee, Oh, in 1848
Sources: tel,gs,hgl,rp,wmn,wl

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D.G. KERR - See HARRY R. JONES

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CHARLES J. KERSHAW
Other names : none often seen as C.J. KERSHAW
Official no. : 125251
Type at loss : propeller, wood, freighter
Build info : 1874, T. Boston, Bangor [W. Bay City], MI
Specs : 223x37x20, 1324g 1109n
Date of loss : 1895, Sep 29
Place of loss : off Chocolay Reef, near Marquette, MI
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none of 13
Carrying : ?
Detail : Bound for Marquette, she burst a steam pipe in a gale and drifted into the reef, where she was pounded to pieces. Total loss. Her two barges, HENRY A. KENT and MOONLIGHT went up on the beach so high that one could walk around them without getting one's feet wet. Both were recovered the next year. U.S. Lifesavers took KERSHAW’s crew off.
See also OHIO (1894 loss)
An earlier C.J. KERSHAW, a bark built in 1857, was the 2nd vessel to take a cargo [staves] direct from the lakes to Liverpool in the same year [‘57]. See also DEAN RICHMOND.
Sources: nsp,vbs,mv,eas,lssc,gwgl,sol,sbs,is(3-60),h,ms,lss,wb,hg,mpl

------------------------------------------------------
JOHN B. KETCHAM - See NEEBING

------------------------------------------------------ 1556
V.H. KETCHAM
Other names : also spelled KETCHUM on official records.
Official no. : 25908
Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood, bulk freight, 1-mast
Build info : 1874, D. Lester, Marine City as a propeller bulk freighter
Specs : 233x41x24 1600g
Date of loss : 1905, Sep 16
Place of loss : Parisienne Isl. NW of the Soo
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : 2 of 9
Carrying : iron ore
Detail : Caught fire while asea and beached on the island, where she burned to the waterline.
Anchor & chain are on the grounds of Lake Superior State College.
Converted from bulk freighter to barge at Algonac, 1904
Largest vessel on the Great Lakes when built.
Sources: is(1-70),lssc,lss,gwgl,gsgl,ns1,nsp,mpl

------------------------------------------------------ 1555
KETCHUM
Other names : none
Official no. : 14037
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1855, F. N. Ketchum, Huron, OH
Specs : 123x28x9, 187g 178n
Date of loss : 1883, Oct 31
Place of loss : Gill's Pier, N of Leland, MI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : hardwood
Detail : She was blown ashore by a gale, torn to pieces and abandoned. She had slipped her anchor while loading at Gill’s Pier. Owned out of Chicago. Shown in 1884 Merchant Vessels as "lost or otherwise out of service."
Near the beginning of May, 1861, she was found upside-down on Lake Michigan, with her yawl still in place and her crew presumed lost in a white squall.
Major repair in May, 1883
Sources: mv,ssb,lmdc,nsp,polk,hgl,bb,rsl,eb

------------------------------------------------------ 1557
KEWANNE or KEWANEE
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1836, Port Ontario, NY
Specs : 72x19x7, 81 t. om
Date of loss : 1840, May
Place of loss : near Port Huron
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : (storm)
Loss of life : 1
Carrying : ?
Detail : Driven ashore and broke up.
Not listed in the usual sources, but registry above is only vessel of this name at this time.
Sources: is,wl

------------------------------------------------------
KEWAUNEE - See MARY A. DARYAW

------------------------------------------------------ 1558
KEWEENAW
Other names : none
Official no. : 14043
Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1866, T. Arnold, Newport [Marine City], MI as a sidewheeler
Specs : 205x30x11 493g 469n
Date of loss : 1901, Nov 8
Place of loss : in harbor at Grand Marais, MI
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : Wrecked by a northerly storm blowing through the mouth of the harbor. Later recovered, though she had been declared a total loss. She sprang a leak and sank in Sandusky harbor due to age, 1906, and was abandoned.
Tow of steamer J.E. POTTS, she collided with the barge JOHN MARTIN, in tow of the steamer CITY OF CLEVELAND, and sank, in Neebish Rapids, [St. Mary’s R. near "Rain’s Dock"] Jun 17, 1889.
Major repair in 1881.
Converted to barge at Detroit in 1886-7.
Sources: nsp,gwgl,mv,lhl,hgl,mpl

------------------------------------------------------ 1559
J.C. KEYES
Other names : none also seen as JEROME C. KEYES
Official no. : 12710
Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood
Build info : 1867, Buffalo probably built as a steam yacht
Specs : 19 t.
Date of loss : 1874, Nov 7
Place of loss : at Duluth
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : none
Detail : Torn from her dock, driven on the beach and wrecked. It was thought she could be salvaged, but she was finally given up in 1880.
Sources: lss,lhl,mv

------------------------------------------------------ 1560
M.O. KEYS
Other names : none also seen as M.O. KEYES
Official no. : 17212
Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood
Build info : 1874, Port Clinton, OH
Specs : 69 ft., 41g 39n
Date of loss : 1884, Oct 8
Place of loss : just E of Marblehead, OH, lifesaving station, Point Marblehead
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none of 3
Carrying : stone
Detail : Bound Kelley’s Island to Lakeside, OH., she was sunk by a storm.
This or another scow M.O. KEYES was built at Conneaut, 1866. 1874 date above may be a rebuild.
Sources: mv,h,hgl,usls,wl,nsp

------------------------------------------------------ 3993
KEYSTONE
Other names : built as the bark BRIDGEWATER(qv), renamed in 1880
Official no. : 2109
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight "lumber hooker"
Build info : 1866, Hitchcock & Gibson, Buffalo, as a bark
Specs : 163x34x11, 722 gt
Date of loss : 1898, Sep (ca. 17th)
Place of loss : Big Summer Island (or Waugoschance Pt)
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : stranding/fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : coal
Detail : Apparently bound Cleveland for Manitowoc, Wisconsin, she stranded on Big Summer Island for an unreported reason and later burned to the waterline.
Sources: m&h,mv,nsp,hgl

------------------------------------------------------ 1561
KEYSTONE
Other names : none
Official no. : 161014
Type at loss : propeller tug, steel
Build info : 1891, Buffalo
Specs : 82x19x12, 94g 54n
Date of loss : 1901, Nov 19
Place of loss : at Ashland, WI
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : none
Detail :
She caught fire and was gutted by fire at the Keystone lumber dock. The fire spread to the dock and tramway, and over 3,000,000 board feet of lumber was also destroyed.. The tug was hought to be a total loss, but was later rebuilt at a cost almost equal to her value.
Sources: is,mv,nsp,lss

------------------------------------------------------ 4114
KEYSTONE
Other names : built as CITY OF CLEVELAND, renamed CITY OF ST. IGNACE in
1906, last name in 1929
Official no. : 126333
Type at loss : sidewheel streamer, steel, excursion
Build info : 1886, Detroit Dry Dock, Wyandotte, MI, hull# 71
Specs : 272x41x15, 1,923g 1,324n
Date of loss : 1932, Jul 23 [also seen as Jun 23]
Place of loss : Ecorse, MI
Lake : Detroit R
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : (none)
Cargo : (none)
Detail : She burned to a total loss. She was sold for scrap afterwards and never ran again.
Sources: eas,ns4,mv

------------------------------------------------------ 1562
KEYSTONE STATE
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : sidewheel steamer, wood, passenger & package freight
Build info : 1849,
Bidwell & Banta, Buffalo
Specs : 279 ft, 1354 t.
Date of loss : 1861, Nov 10
Place of loss : off Port Austin, MI
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 33 [all]
Carrying : passengers, hardware*
Detail : Bound Detroit for Milwaukee when she foundered in a storm. She was last seen off Port Austin making bad weather of it in heavy seas. Wreckage was seen off Pointe Aux Barques on the 21st, which was the first time she was missed, and her wheelhouse washed ashore near lexington a few days later. She had just come out the 7th after five years of layup and was on her first trip.
Owned by C. M. Reed, Erie, Pa.
*one source says there was gold in her safe
Sources: eas,slh,sol,is,h,lhdc,lc,hgl,nsp,
umr

------------------------------------------------------ 1563
KEYSTORM
Other names : none
Official no. : C129749
Type at loss : propeller, steel, bulk freight canaller
Build info : 1909, Swan & Hunter, Wallsend, England
Specs : 250x42x20 1673gc 1037nc
Date of loss : 1912, Oct 26
Place of loss : Scow Island Shoal, near Kingston, Ont.
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : navigational error
Loss of life : none
Carrying : coal
Detail : Bound Charlotte, NY for Montreal, she struck a shoal in the mouth of the St. Lawrence and sank in 120 feet of water. She was a loss of $135,600. Wreck located in 1958.
Sources: mmgl,is,ns2,csv,win,mpl,dmt

------------------------------------------------------ 1564
JOSEPHINE KIDD
Other names : built as the propeller STANLEY, renamed in 1881
Official no. : C71232
Type at loss : propeller, wood, passenger & freight
Build info : 1879, J. Ellison, Port Stanley, Ont.
Specs : 84x21x7, 70gc 49nc
Date of loss : 1882, Nov 4
Place of loss : 4 mi from Big Bay, Bay of Quinte*
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : unk, valued at $4000
Detail : Burned. No other detail.
Possibly recovered.
*also given as Commodore Pt., Bay of Quinte and Georgian Bay
Registered out of Port Stanley, but certificate had been revoked a few days before the accident.
Owned by Kidd & Co. of Goderich
Sources: nsp,mmgl,slh,h,hgl,clu,rp,jb

------------------------------------------------------ 1565
KILLARNEY
Other names : built as SCOCONY 23, renamed BRUCE A. McALLISTER in 1960, last name in 1974
Official no. : 229118
Type at loss : propeller tug, steel
Build info : 1929, United Dry Docks, Mariner’s Harbor, NY
Specs : 96 t.
Date of loss : 1974, Sep 12
Place of loss : 20 mi off Fairport Harbor, OH
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : sank
Loss of life : none
Carrying : none
Detail : Foundered 55 mi E of Southeast Shoal. Owned by Gaelic Tug.
Sources: is,mpl

------------------------------------------------------ 1566
S.H. KIMBALL
Other names : none
Official no. : 22374
Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood, bulk freight
Build info : 1864, I. Nicholas, Vermilion, OH
Specs : 138x26x12, 319g 303n
Date of loss : 1895, May 8
Place of loss : 3 mi NW of Pte Aux Barques, MI*
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : none
Carrying : light
Detail : Collided with her tow steamer GEORGE STONE(qv) in a fog and sank. STONE presumably picked up her crew.
*also given as 38 mi NW
Sources: slh,mv,lhdc,wb,hgl,mpl

------------------------------------------------------ 1567
W.C. KIMBALL
Other names : none
Official no. : 81178
Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood
Build info : 1888, Manitowoc, WI
Specs : 63x17x5, 33g 31n
Date of loss : 1891, May 8
Place of loss : near Pt. Betsie, MI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : foundered
Loss of life : 4 [all]
Carrying : shingles, salt
Detail : Outbound from Manistee for Traverse City, she foundered in a thick NW gale.
May 12 also given as date of loss.
Home port: Grand Haven
Sources: mv,h,nsp,nsp,hgl,sb,usls

------------------------------------------------------ 1568
KINCARDINE
Other names : none
Official no. : C71147*
Type at loss : propeller, wood
Build info : 1871, Andrews & Son, Port Dalhousie, Ont.
Specs : 107x20x9, 342gc 220n
Date of loss : 1892, Nov
Place of loss : off Cabot Head, Ont., Georgian Bay
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Stranded and went to pieces.
Also sunk above Little Current, Ont., with heavy damage, in Nov 1882; in eastern L Superior in Dec, 1883 and near French R. in '88.
Registered out of Goderich.
*2 boats have this number
Rebuilt 1881, major repairs in 1883, 89.
Sources: is,csv,win,nsp,mmgl,slh,lss,hgl,mpl

------------------------------------------------------
KING BEN - See NAVAJO

------------------------------------------------------ 1569
KING SISTERS
Other names : none
Official no. : 14039
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1862, G. R. Rogers, Toledo
Specs : 272g 258n
Date of loss : 1884, Oct 19
Place of loss : Gull Isl. Shoal*
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : She stranded and broke up, total loss.
Out of Cleveland
*also given as Mohawk R.
Sources: mv,h,ledc,win,hgl,rsl,es

------------------------------------------------------ 1570
A.B. KING
Other names : built as 3-mast schooner TEUTONIA
Official no. : 145273
Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood, 2-mast, bulk freight
Build info : 1881, G. Koenig(King), Marine City, MI
Specs : 177x32x15, 594g 565n
Date of loss : 1928, Aug 11
Place of loss : off Harbor beach, MI
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Stranded and broke up in summer gale.
Sources: hmc,ns4,mv,rkr

------------------------------------------------------ 3480
BELLE KING
Other names : none
Official no. : 2152
Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood
Build info : 1863, G. Fordham,Toledo
Specs : 37g 18n
Date of loss : 1877, Jul 18
Place of loss : Peach Pt.
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : none
Detail : She sprang a leak in a teriffic gale, stranded and began to turn turtle. Her crew abandoned her, but the tug immediately righted and continued on into the storm alone. She later sank near Peach Pt.
Rebuilt in 1869
Sources: lhl,hgl,es,rsl,wl

------------------------------------------------------ 1571
C.G. KING
Other names : none
Official no. : 5847
Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood, 2 mast
Build info : 1870, Rust & Arnold, S. Saginaw as a 3-mast schooner
Specs : 163x29x11 457g 435n
Date of loss : 1913, Nov 14
Place of loss : near Lorain, OH
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Driven ashore and broke up in the aftermath of the "Big Storm." Abandoned as unsalvageable and broke up within 2 weeks after stranding
One inexplicable report says she burned at Chaumont, NY, the same year, another says Cleveland (mpl)
Sources: eas,vbs,ns2,mv,mpl

------------------------------------------------------ 1572
CHARLES A. KING
Other names : none also seen as C.A. KING
Official no. : 5058
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1863, Roderick Calkins & Blaisedell, Cleveland
Specs : 140x26x12, 316g 300n
Date of loss : 1895, Sep 26
Place of loss : 10 mi NE of Pte Aux Barques, MI
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none of 6
Carrying : coal
Detail : She foundered off the point in a NE gale. The crew was rescued by steamer E.C. POPE, which witnessed the foundering. Bound Toledo for Bay City
Ashore in a gale and declared a total loss on Long Point, October, 1871.
Major repairs in 1870, 71, 80 and 81
Sources: nsp,slh,mv,lhdc,wb,hgl,rsl

------------------------------------------------------ 3804
EURETTA KING
Other names : none
Official no. : C90708
Type at loss : scow-barge, wood
Build info : 1887, Fred Sharp, Welland, Ont. as a scow-schooner
Specs : 111x23x7, 142gc 130nc
Date of loss : 1921
Place of loss : off Port Colborne
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : "lost"
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : No detail. Registry not cancelled until 1937
Sources: mmgl,

------------------------------------------------------ 1573
F.J. KING
Other names : none
Official no. : 9299
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1867, G. Rogers, Toledo
Specs : 140 ft., 280 t.
Date of loss : 1886, Sep 15
Place of loss : 3 mi off Rawley Bay, WI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : iron ore
Detail : She sprang a leak and sank in a heavy SE gale, going down in 25 fathoms of water. Her crew escaped in the yawl. Bound Escanaba for Chicago, she was a total loss of about $7500.
Out of Morristown, NY
Major repairs in 1876, 81
Sources: mv,nsp,eas,h,wb,hgl,sb

------------------------------------------------------ 1574
GEORGE KING
Other names : none
Official no. : 85313
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight "lumber hooker"
Build info : 1874, G. King (Koenig), Marine City
Specs : 176x31x13, 533g 381n
Date of loss : 1926, Sep 20
Place of loss : in harbor at Buffalo
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : Burned to a total loss.
Sources: hmc,eas,h

------------------------------------------------------ 1575
JAMES C. KING
Other names : none
Official no. : 13871
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast
Build info : 1867, Tripp & Kirby, E. Saginaw, built as a bark
Specs : 175x33x13, 512g 487n
Date of loss : 1901, Nov 29
Place of loss : near Tobermory, Ont.
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : lumber(?)
Detail : Driven ashore and destroyed by a gale, she had been lost from the tow of the steamer W.L. WETMORE(qv).
Registered out of Saginaw for her entire 34-year career.
Rerigged as a schooner by 1884
Sources: ns1,slh,lhdc,vbs,mpl,do

------------------------------------------------------ 1576
JENNIE P. KING
Other names : none also seen as JEANNY P. KING
Official no. : none
Type at loss : bark, wood, 3-mast
Build info : 1863, Little, Tonawanda, NY
Specs : 450 t. om
Date of loss : 1866, Jun 18 or 20
Place of loss : a short distance above Long Point
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 14 of 15 [10 men and 4 women]
Carrying : timber and spars
Detail : After losing control in a big gale, she piled ashore and capsized, costing the lives of all but one of those aboard. Eleven bodies were recovered off Port Rowan in early October.
She was out of Tonawanda, NY, owned by VanValkenburg of Lockport, NY
Sources: sol,hgl,rsl,nsp

------------------------------------------------------
LUCY KING - See E. FEE

------------------------------------------------------ 1577
R.B. KING
Other names : none also seen as ROBERT B. KING
Official no. : 21286
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1863, G. Hanson, St. Joseph, MI
Specs : 84 ft, 83g 79n
Date of loss : 1885, Nov 8
Place of loss : at Muskegon, MI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 2 of 4
Carrying : in ballast
Detail : Struck the entry pier, capsized and sank in the harbor near Port Sherman in a gale. She broke up the next day. Two crew were rescued by the Lifesaving Service. A later examination of her wreckage revealed that she was in an advanced state of rot and in fact had had her insurance cancelled shortly before the accident.
Hailed from Chicago
Sources: mv,nsp,h,hgl,usls,rsl,es

------------------------------------------------------ 3805
KINGFISHER
Other names : none
Official no. : C90554
Type at loss : propeller (tug), wood
Build info : 1886, Port Burwell, Ont.
Specs : 46x11, 14gc
Date of loss : 1895 or 96
Place of loss : unreported
Lake : (Erie)
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : none
Detail : Burned to total loss.
Sources: csv,hgl

------------------------------------------------------ 1578
KINGFISHER
Other names : none
Official no. : 14032
Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood, bulk freight
Build info : 1867, I. Lafrinier, Cleveland
Specs : 166x32x13, 517g 491n
Date of loss : 1905, Oct 5
Place of loss : close to shore at Cleveland
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : lumber
Detail : Driven ashore at the foot of Case Ave. by an exceedingly violent storm. Broke up in another storm on the 18th. Her deck was later cut off to remove her cargo.
Driven ashore with heavy damage near Port Burwell in June of 1881.
Sources: eas,ns1,mv,es

------------------------------------------------------ 1579
THOMAS KINGSFORD
Other names : none
Official no. : 24143
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1856, Geo. Rogers, Oswego, NY
Specs : 136 ft., 283 t.
Date of loss : 1871, Apr 8
Place of loss : off Waugoschance Pt., W Straits of Mackinac
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : ice
Loss of life : none
Carrying : corn
Detail : Cut by an ice floe and sank on Waugoschance Reef. Later she was washed off, at which point she went to pieces.
Homeport: Chicago
Sources: osdo,slh,hgl,ssm,rsl

------------------------------------------------------
THOMSON KINGSFORD - See also JOHN H. PAULEY

------------------------------------------------------ 3481
THOMSON KINGSFORD
Other names : also seen as THOMAS KINGSFORD
Official no. : ?
Type at loss : steam dredge
Build info : 1895, Buffalo
Specs : 86 t.
Date of loss : 1895, Mar 9
Place of loss : Straits of Mackinac
Lake : Hur/Mich
Type of loss : unreported
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : none
Detail : Sank.
Sources: dm

------------------------------------------------------ 1580
KINGSTON
Other names : later BAVARIAN(1872)(qv), ALGERIAN(74), CORNWALL(1904)
Official no. : C71609
Type at loss : sidewheel steamer, iron, passenger & package freight
Build info : 1855, Gilbert & Co.,* Montreal
Specs : 176x27, 344t
Date of loss : 1872, Jun 11
Place of loss : Grenadier Isl., E end of Lake
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : 2 of 125
Carrying : passengers
Detail : Caught fire, beached and burned to a shell, a $75,000 loss. Her durable iron hull was later recovered, rebuilt as BAVARIAN(qv) and burned again the next year, but not retired until 1930.
*Builder also seen as Dunbar & Bartley
Major repair in 1865
Sources: mmgl,clu,is,csv,hgl,dmt,rsl,wl

------------------------------------------------------ 1581
KINSMAN INDEPENDENT
Other names : built as CHARLES L. HUTCHINSON, later ERNEST R. BREECH(1962), last name in 1987
Official no. : 264317
Type at loss : propeller, steel, bulk freight
Build info : 1952, Defoe, Bay City, MI hull #422
Specs : 642x67x35, 11,703g 8472n
Date of loss : 1990, Nov 24
Place of loss : just S of Isle Royale, MI
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : stranded
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : She ran aground in heavy weather. At first she was thought to be a constructive total loss, but she was later refloated and repaired at a cost of $1.5 million.
Sources: is,nsp,llc

------------------------------------------------------ 1582
KIOWA
Other names : none
Official no. : 220780
Type at loss : propeller, steel, bulk freight "3-island steamer"
Build info : 1920, Detroit Shipbuilding, Wyandotte, MI
Specs : 251x44x24, 2309g 1440n
Date of loss : 1929, Nov 30
Place of loss : Au Sable Reef, W of Grand Marais, MI
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 5 of 21
Carrying : flaxseed
Detail : The shifting of her slippery cargo in big waves caused her to become unmanageable and strike the reef. 16 crew were rescued, probably by local fishermen, but others also claim credit. Partially scrapped in place during the WWII scrap drives.
One of several Great Lakes freighters built from leftover parts of WWI Shipping Board vessels.
Sources: eas,gwgl,sol,is,ns2,mv,rkr,mpl

------------------------------------------------------
FRANK E. KIRBY - See DOVER

------------------------------------------------------ 3625
S.R. KIRBY
Other names : none
Official no. : 23107
Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood
Build info : 1862, W.D. Lewis, E. Saginaw, MI
Specs : 59x16x7, 70g 35n
Date of loss : 1876
Place of loss : unreported
Lake : unreported
Type of loss : (storm)
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : No detail.
Document surrendered at Port Huron Jun 30, 1879, annotated "wrecked in 1876."
Sources: vbs,phr,lhl

------------------------------------------------------ 1583
S.R. KIRBY
Other names : none
Official no. : 116325
Type at loss : propeller, composite, bulk freight
Build info : 1890, Detroit Dry Dock, Wyandotte, MI, hull #100
Specs : 294x42x23, 2339g, 1833n
Date of loss : 1916, May 8
Place of loss : Sawtooth Reef, near Eagle Harbor, MI
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 20 of 22
Carrying : iron ore
Detail : While trying to avoid the deadly reef in huge waves and blizzard, she broke her back and drifted onto the reef anyway, where she sank.
Largest composite vessel ever built on the lakes,
she was also the first lakes freighter to be equipped with electric lights.
Sources: eas,atl,gwgl,lss,sol,is,ns2,h,mv,mpl,es3-2

------------------------------------------------------ 1584
GILBERT KNAPP
Other names : none
Official no. : 10337
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast
Build info : 1854, Beckwith, Racine, WI
Specs : 120x26x9, 186g 177n
Date of loss : 1896, Sep 6
Place of loss : Shalda Creek, near Sleeping Bear, MI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : firewood, tanbark
Detail : She had just taken on a cargo at Glen Arbor, MI, and was trying to ride out a gale when her anchors slipped. She went ashore and broke up.
Capsized off Sheboygan, Wis with the loss of 3 lives, in Aug, 1856.
Major repairs in 1862
Lengthened 20 feet & converted from 2 to 3 masts in 1871
Sources: ssb,wb,nb,hgl,mpl,rsl,rnc

------------------------------------------------------ 3990
A.V. KNICKERBOCKER
Other names : also seen as KNICKERBOCKER, A.E. KNICKERBOCKER
Official no. : US
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1840, Detroit
Specs : 67x17x6, 62 gt [om]
Date of loss : 1855, Aug 26
Place of loss : 6 mi of Port Washington, WI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ca. 3 of 7 or 8
Cargo : bark
Detail : She capsized in a gale. Her crew, clinging to the wreck, were spotted by the schr CHARLEY HIBBARD, but the skipper declined to assist them. She eventually came ashore S of Port Washington, where two crewman swam ashore. When they returned with help, the others had disappeared from the schooner’s upturned hull.
Owned by Guido Pfister of Milwaukee
Sources: mpl,bb,wl,nsp

------------------------------------------------------
ERASTUS KNIGHT - See EDWARD E. GILLEN

------------------------------------------------------ 1585
KNIGHT TEMPLAR
Other names : none
Official no. : 14110
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast, package and bulk freight
Build info : 1865, G. Goble, Oswego, NY
Specs : 136x26x11, 290g 275n
Date of loss : 1905, Dec 16
Place of loss : near Alpena, MI
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : She was overwhelmed by a storm and driven into shallow water, where she was abandoned and broke up.
Sunk in St. Clair Flats in December of her first season. Repaired at Detroit in 1866.
Sources: osdo,stb,nsp,ns1,mv,tel,st

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KOSSUTH
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1857, Sheboygan, WI
Specs : ?
Date of loss : 1857, Nov 18
Place of loss : Chicago harbor
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : wood
Detail : Driven on the Illinois Central breakwater by a teriffic gale, capsized and sank. Her crew was recued by the tug JOHN P. LEVY.
Sources: hgl,nsp

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KOSSUTH
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : paddle tug, wood
Build info : 1850, Henry Chase, Townsend or Tonawanda, NY
Specs : 97x19x7, 118 t.
Date of loss : 1858, May 2
Place of loss : off Muskegon, MI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : none
Detail : Bound Chicago for White Lake, Michigan, she encountered a northwest gale and tried to put in at Muskegon. She struck a bar and stuck fast, being abandoned and pounding to pieces over the next several days.
Sources: lhl,nsp,wl

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KREETAN
Other names : ?
Official no. : ?
Type at loss : gas motor vessel (tug?)
Build info : ?
Specs : 15 t.
Date of loss : 1939, Nov 15
Place of loss : 1 mi S of Grand Haven, MI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : towing accident
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : (none)
Detail : Crushed between two scows and sank.
Sources: h

------------------------------------------------------ 1587
DAN KUNZ
Other names : none
Official no. : 157209
Type at loss : propeller, wood "steambarge"
Build info : 1888, Savord & Ratti, Sandusky, OH
Specs : 102x24x6, 99g 60n
Date of loss : 1909, Jun 5
Place of loss : near Cleveland
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : (storm)
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Stranded and total wreck.
Sources: www,eas,mv


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