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LA BELLE - See MAROLD II

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FRANK LA FARGE
Other names : ?
Official no. : ?
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : ?
Specs : ?
Date of loss : 1901
Place of loss : Thunder Bay, MI
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : (storm)
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Stranded and broke up.
Not shown on official records.
Sources: slh,nsp

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M. LA LONDE
Other names : none
Official no. : C74203
Type at loss : barge, wood, unrigged [St. Lawrence R. barge]
Build info : 1875, M. LaLonde, Coteau du Lac, Que.
Specs : 131x26x9, 340g 250n
Date of loss : 1884
Place of loss : Lake Ontario
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Foundered in a gale.
Owned by Paradie of Montreal.
Sources: clu,win,mmgl

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LA PETITE
Other names : none
Official no. : 15100
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast
Build info : 1866, J. Ketchum, Huron, OH as a brig
Specs : 119x24x8, 172g 165n
Date of loss : 1903, Sep 7
Place of loss : off Sturgeon Bay, WI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : crockery, wood slabs
Detail : She sprang a leak well offshore. She put up a distress signal and was picked up by the tug SYDNEY SMITH but foundered on the way in. Owned by Theo. Plathner of Milwaukee.
Capsized with some loss of life and declared lost on L. Huron in 1871, rebuilt after recovery.
Ashore and wrecked off Big Sable Point, Lake Michigan, in November of 1874. Four lives lost.
Sources: is(2&3-70,1&2-76),slh,ns1,lmdc,nsp,mpl

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JULES LA PLANTE*
Other names : also known as JULIE PLANTE
Official no. : none
Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood
Build info : none
Specs : none
Date of loss : 1800's
Place of loss : "Lac de Ste. Claire"
Lake : St Clair
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : all but 1
Carrying : not stated
Detail : A French-accented poem "The Wreck of the Jules LePlante," depicting the loss of a scow and its occupants, is possibly based on the loss of the scow-schooner EMILY(qv) in 1830. The poem is also seen with Julie Plante as the name.
*a ficticious craft, but the poem was probably based on a real incident.
Sources: sol,mol,lm

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LA RABIDA
Other names : built as JESSE WINTER, renamed in 1903
Official no. : 75850
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1876, Laughlin, Sheboygan, WI
Specs : 75x16x6, 56g 54n
Date of loss : 1906, Nov 25
Place of loss : near Naubinway, MI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Cargo : 10,000 Christmas trees
Detail : She was driven ashore by a gale. Her crew made it to shore after much difficulty, and spent a frigid night on the beach.
Owned by A. E. Dow, Manitowoc
Sources: nsp,mpl,eas

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LAC LA BELLE
Other names : none
Official no. : 15803
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight
Build info : 1864, Ira LaFrinier, Cleveland as a passenger & package freighter
Specs : 218x36x12, ft., 1187 t. (872 t. when built)
Date of loss : 1872, Oct 13
Place of loss : 20 mi off Racine, WI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 8
Carrying : grain
Detail : She opened her seams and foundered in a storm. Eight crew died when their lifeboat capsized.
On Nov 23, 1866, she was carrying barrels of ores & package freight when she collided with the steamer MILWAUKEE in the St. Clair R. and sank with loss of 2. Converted to a bulk freighter after her recovery in 1869.
In 1865 she had gone ashore & was abandoned while upbound with treaty goods on L. Superior. Repaired for $5000.
She was twin engined and boilered, being the first or one of the first propellers on the lakes to have twin stacks.
Sources: eas,gwgl,ks,sol,nsp,hgl,st,mpl

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LACKAWANNA
Other names : none
Official no. : 140930
Type at loss : propeller, steel, package freight
Build info : 1888, Cleveland Shipbuilding, Cleveland, hull# 1
Specs : 260x39x22, 2016g 1595n
Date of loss : 1906, Oct 27
Place of loss : north of Cleveland
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : none
Carrying : misc. freight
Detail : She collided with N breakwall and sank. Declared a total loss, but soon recovered. The Lifesaving Service rescued her crew in a daring exploit. She was sold for saltwater use in 1916, scrapped about 1930.
Sources: slh,mv,ledc,nsp,

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LADY ANN
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : schooner, wood (or sloop)
Build info : 1849, Kenosha, WI
Specs : 48x17x6, 30 t. om
Date of loss : 1855, Sep 18
Place of loss : near Kenosha, WI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Cargo : ?
Detail : Drove ashore in a gale and pounded to pieces.
Sources: nsp,bb

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LADY BAGOT
Other names : none
Official no. : C none
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1842, L. Shickluna, St. Catharines, Ont.
Specs : 87x18x8, 111 t.
Date of loss : 1852, Nov 11
Place of loss : near the mouth of the Welland Canal
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : She went ashore in a gale and was expected to be recovered, but shows in records as a total loss.
Sources: mmgl,hgl,nsp

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LADY COLBOURNE - See THAMES

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LADY DUFFERIN
Other names : none
Official no. : C?
Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood, 3-mast, salvage vessel
Build info : 1872, L. McDermott or McDermand, Port Burwell
Specs : 135x24x11, 356 gc
Date of loss : 1886, Oct 24
Place of loss : Georgian Bay, near Cabot Head
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : She was lost from the tow of the prop W.B. HALL and went ashore on the point of land now called Dufferin Point. She became a total loss.
Heavily damaged in a wreck on Caribou Island, Lake Superior in 1884.
Sources: nsp,is,lh,lhdc,mmgl,lss,do,es

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LADY ELGIN
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : sidewheel steamer, wood, passenger & package freight
Build info : 1851, Bidwell & Banta, Buffalo
Specs : 231x33x12, 819 t
Date of loss : 1860, Sep 7
Place of loss : off Winnetka, IL
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : 297 of 400
Carrying : none
Detail : The luxurious passenger boat collided with the 2-mast schooner AUGUSTA (see COLONEL COOK) in darkness and heavy weather and went to the bottom from a gaping hole in her engine room. The damaged AUGUSTA ran for Chicago, not knowing steamer’s wound would be fatal. Passengers included hundreds of ecursionists, a Milwaukee militia group, a group of Milwaukee policemen, two newspaper publishers and a member of the British Parliament. About 100 from the LADY made it to shore on wreckage or in lifeboats. She had been a darling of the lakes for her entire career and her comings and going were reported often in the newspapers of the time, though her insurance rating had slipped in years recent to the loss.
Wreckage was located in 1989, much litigation followed.
She suffered a significant fire on Lake Superior in 1856.
Ashore near Copper Harbor, Lake Superior in the summer of 1858. Thought to be a hopeless case, but removed after several days.
Sources: eas,is(1-60),ms,lm,glss,sol,is,lmdc,hgl,nsp,mpl,wl

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LADY ELGIN
Other names : ?
Official no. :
US?
Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood
Build info :
Specs : "small"
Date of loss : 1887, Oct 23
Place of loss : 1 mi above Goderich, Ont.
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : (none)
Carrying : ?
Detail : She drove ashore in a gale the 23rd and was reported broken up by the 26th.
Reported ashore and abandoned in early Nov.
Reportedly out of Sand Beach, Mich.
Capsized in a gale and Nov 12, 1882 and lost all 3 hands near Chantry Island, Southampton, Ont..
Sources: rp,nsp,hgl,jb,
es3-1

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LADY ESSEX - See JAY BIRD

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LADY FRANKLIN
Other names : none
Official no. : 14827
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1861, J.W. Banta*, Chicago as a propeller
Specs : 138x27x11, 302g 288n
Date of loss : 1895, Sep 30
Place of loss : Hammond Bay, near Cheboygan, MI
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : RR ties
Detail : She dragged her anchors, was driven ashore while sheltering and wrecked. Later stripped by thieves.
Owned out of Algonac by Abram Smith
Rebuilt to a schooner after a major fire on the Detroit R. in Sep, 1876, in which one crewman died and the vessel burned to the bilges. Document surrendered in 1877, reinstated in 1882 after the rebuild.
*Built by Edwards Bros. at Banta Shipyard.
Heavily damaged in a grounding in Neebish Channel, St. Mary's R, in October, 1872.
Converted from a passenger vessel to a steambarge about 1872.
Sources: nsp,slh,h,lhdc,lhl,phr,mpl,es,rsl

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LADY HILLIARD - See CASPIAN (1866 loss)

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LADY MOULTON
Other names : built as G.J. WHITNEY, probably renamed in 1862
Official no. : C33574
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1857, D. Rodgers, Charlotte, NY
Specs : 77x18x7, 79 t.
Date of loss : 1869, Jun 2 or May 31
Place of loss : 5 mi off Pt. Petre
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : none
Carrying : light
Detail : She foundered in a collision in fog with the bark SIR EDMUND W. HEAD (qv). She had been bound Alexandria Bay, NY, for Clearville, Ont. for a cargo of staves. The HEAD struck her amidships and ran her bowsprit through the schooner's foresail. While the two crews were struggling to disentangle the mess of rigging, it was discovered that the LADY was sinking. Her crew came aboard the head and the schooner went down.. Registration was closed in March of 1880. She may have been recovered, as she still shows on 1871 insurance list, but at the time of her loss, she was reported to have gone down in 250 feet of water. However another report says she was later found floating in 25 feet of water.
Sold Canadian in 1862. Hailed from Montreal.
Sources: tel.,mmgl,h,nsp,clu,hgl,rsl,wl,mdwl,rnc

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LADY OF THE LAKE - See also QUEEN CITY

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LADY OF THE LAKE
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1813, Sacket's Harbor, NY as an armed schooner, 89 t. displ.
Specs :
49 t. (also given as 230 t.)
Date of loss : 1826, Dec
Place of loss : off Oswego, NY
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : (storm)
Loss of life : several at least
Carrying : ?
Detail : Left York bound for Oswego and was never heard from again - presumed to have foundered. The only piece of her that was ever found was a small chunk that washed up on Ford's Shoal.
Built as a 5-gun armed schooner for the American Great Lakes navy for the War of 1812. Converted to a merchantman after the war.
Sources: is,asn,rp

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LADY OF THE LAKE
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : (1835, Vermilion, OH)
Specs : 73x20x6, ca. 80 t.
Date of loss : 1838, Nov 5
Place of loss : near Buffalo, NY
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : wheat, flour
Detail : She was driven ashore by a gale and destroyed. The previous day she had been found to be leaking and part of her cargo had been transferred to another vessel.
Owned by her skipper, Capt. Sheppard of Vermilion, OH, and others
Sources: nsp,hgl,wl

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LADY OF THE LAKE
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1843, Detroit
Specs : (8 t.)
Date of loss : 1847, Aug
Place of loss : near Oak Orchard, NY
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : Driven ashore and pounded to pieces.
Another LADY OF THE LAKE was reported lost near the Manitous [L. Mich] Oct 14 of the same year.
Sources: is,nb

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LADY OF THE LAKE
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : propeller, wood, freighter
Build info : 1846, S.W. & A.A. Turner, Cleveland
Specs : 141x24x10, 326 t.
Date of loss : 1859, Mar 26
Place of loss : 1/2 mi. off Fairport, OH
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : explosion
Loss of life : 2
Carrying : flour, wine, pork, wheat. hams, eggs, etc.
Detail : A boiler explosion blew her stern off, sinking her quickly in 17 feet of water. Bound Cleveland for Dunkirk, she had stopped at Fairport for bad weather and was just returning to her route.
Her safe was recovered the following July.
Owned by Northern Transportation Co.
Sources: eas,nsp,is,sol,lhl,hgl,wl

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LADY OF THE LAKE
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast*
Build info : 1853, Harvey Stevens, Ohio City [Cleveland], OH
Specs : 139x23x11, 317 t. om
Date of loss : 1862, Oct 4
Place of loss : near Pt. Betsey (sic), Michigan side or SW of Two Rivers, WI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : grain [chinaware also given]
Detail : She drove ashore in a gale and became a total wreck. Her crew remained in her rigging for 36 hours until the storm blew itself out..
*Perhaps changed from 3-mast to 2-mast schooner shortly after building, but described in newspapers as a bark.
Owned by E. W. Hudson of Detroit.
Sources: bb,wl,hgl,nsp

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LADY OF THE LAKE
Other names : none
Official no. : 48296
Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood
Build info : 1866, Pine River, MI
Specs : 38x10x3, 7g
Date of loss : 1882 or 83?
Place of loss : unreported
Lake : unreported
Type of loss : (storm)
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : No detail. Document surrendered at Port Huron 12/15/83, annotated "wrecked," shown in 1884 Merchant Vessels as "lost or otherwise out of service."
Out of Bay City.
Sources: mv,phr

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LADY OF THE LAKE
Other names : none
Official no. : 111854
Type at loss : propeller, wood
Build info : 1902, Thornbury, Ont.
Specs : 70x15, 47 t.
Date of loss : 1911, Nov 30
Place of loss : off Christian Isl., near Penetanguishene
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Reported sunk in collision. No detail available.
Sources: slh,h,mmgl,win

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LADY WASHINGTON
Other names : none built as WASHINGTON, renamed in 1797
Official no. : none
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1797, Presque Isle, near Erie, PA
Specs : 80 t.
Date of loss : 1803, Nov 11
Place of loss : off (Eight or 18)-mile Creek near Oswego, NY
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : chinaware
Detail : Went missing - last seen at location above.
After building she was carried on wheels to the lake, some miles away. Sold Canadian and hauled down the Niagara escarpment on skids in the winter of 1797-8.
Sources: hgl,h,osdo,mpl

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LADY WASHINGTON
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : schooner, wood,
2-mast
Build info : 1816, Sacket's Harbor, NY
Specs : 60
x18x5., 50 t.
Date of loss : 1828, Oct 19 or 16
Place of loss : off Sturgeon Pt., near Buffalo
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : salt and dry goods worth more than $10,000.
Detail : She stranded on and a reef, the pulled free and foundered in 18 feet of water, a total loss. She was reported to be unseaworthy.
One source says she was lost off Sturgeon Pt. Lake Huron, in error.
Sources: slh,is,ledc,hgl,nsp,wl,
rp

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LADY WASHINGTON
Other names : none
Official no. : 140241
Type at loss : propeller, wood, packet (former tug)
Build info : 1877, Kirby, Grand Haven, MI
Specs : 72 ft., 76gt 47nt
Date of loss : 1890, Sep 14
Place of loss : near Seul Choix Pt.*, W of Manistique
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : gen frt
Detail : Struck bottom and sank in a NW gale. Total loss of about $10,000.
*called by sailors "sole choice."
Sources: eas,hgl,polk,mv,slh,h,lmdc,wb,sb

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LAFAYETTE
Other names : none
Official no. : 141657
Type at loss : propeller, steel, bulk freight
Build info : 1900, American Shipbuilding, Lorain, OH hull# 310
Specs : 454x50x29, 5113 t.
Date of loss : 1905, Nov 29
Place of loss : Encampment Isl., near Two Harbors, MN
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 1
Carrying : light
Detail : Rammed from behind by her towbarge MANILA(qv) in a terrific gale, she was rendered helpless and thrown against the cliffs of the island. Broke in two, the front portion quickly going to pieces while the crew huddled in back part. Only the engine was salvaged from the almost-new steel ship.
Pittsburg fleet member.
Sources: eas,gwgl,mol,is,sol,mv,lss,nsp,mpl

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LAFRINIER
Other names : none
Official no. : 14665
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1862, I. Lafrinier, Cleveland as a bark
Specs : 157 ft., 415g 395n
Date of loss : 1886, Nov 9
Place of loss : Hog Island Shoal, Beaver Islands
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : coal
Detail : She struck the shoal in a gale and was wrecked. Her crew suffered great hardship before their rescue. Stripped on the 11th and pounded to pieces soon after, a total loss of about $15,000.
Out of Cleveland
Major repair in 1879
Sources: mv,nsp,eas,slh,h,lmdc,wb,hgl,sb

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LAGRANGE
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1826, Mt. Clemens, MI
Specs : 74x20x8, 101 t. om
Date of loss : 1835, Nov 17
Place of loss : on Pt. Pelee [1895 nsp: 3.5 mi SSE of the spit at Pt. Pelee]
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 2 or more
Carrying : wine and Swedish iron
Detail : Bound Cleveland for Detroit she pushed out of the harbor in ice, was driven ashore in a storm and reported a total loss [but this or another another LAGRANGE was reported lost on Pelee in 1847].
Owned by Oliver Newberry of Cleveland. An 1895 newspaper article says her wreckage was struck by the steamer J.C. LOCKWOOD.
Sources: nsp,hgl,wl

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LAKE BREEZE
Other names : none also seen in error as LAKE BRUZE
Official no. : C71259
Type at loss : propeller, wood
Build info : 1868, J. Bailey, Toledo [US#15572]
Specs : 122x22x8, 301gc 198nc
Date of loss : 1878, Nov 26
Place of loss : at Leamington, Ont.
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : 1
Carrying : ?
Detail : She was destroyed by fire. She was raised in 1880, but the hull was demed to be worthless. The machinery and metal gear were all removed in the spring of 1881, and sold to an American company.
Sold Canadian, 1875.
Out of Windsor
Sources: mmgl,nsp,letter,h,csv,win,es,jb

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LAKE ERIE
Other names : none
Official no. : C none
Type at loss : propeller, wood, canaller
Build info : 1873,M. Simpson, St. Catharines, Ont.
Specs : 136x23x17, 464cg
Date of loss : 1881, Nov 24
Place of loss : near Poverty Isl., mouth of Green Bay
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : 1
Carrying : ?
Detail : Collided with (steamer) NORTHERN QUEEN in a fog and blizzard. Quickly declared a total loss, but later recovered, though she does not appear on records again. QUEEN picked up her crew and passengers. One crewman died enroute to shore from being scalded during the sinking.
One source gives "Pte Aux Barques" as location, probably referring to the one on the Garden Peninsula, to the north of the wreck site.
This is official, but hgl says "burned, 1890."
Sources: sol,is,h,csv,mmgl,win,hgl,rp

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LAKE ONTARIO - see CHARLES C. RYAN

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LAKE SHORE - See ALTADOC

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LAKELAND
Other names : built as CAMBRIA, renamed in 1910
Official no. : 126420
Type at loss : propeller, iron, package and automobile freighter
Build info : 1887, Globe Iron Works, Cleveland
Specs : 280x40x20, 1878g 1378n
Date of loss : 1924, Dec 4
Place of loss : off Sturgeon Bay, WI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : foundered
Loss of life : ?
[a diver was lost on the wreck in 1999]
Carrying : new automobiles
Detail : She sprang a leak and foundered. Foul play (insurance fraud) was suspected, but was never proven.
1st vessel on lakes over 300' overall.
1st vessel on lakes with a triple-expansion engine.
Built as passenger/freighter, last configuration in 1919.
Sources: ml,gsgl,sol,is,ns3,h,mv,lmdc,mpl,eas

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LAKESIDE - See JOSEPH L. RUSSELL

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LAKETON
Other names : none
Official no. : 14826
Type at loss : propeller, wood, package freighter
Build info : 1868, Pierson, Ferrysburg, MI
Specs : 95x17x8, 147g 74n
Date of loss : 1888, Nov 8
Place of loss : 5 mi NE of Grand Marais, MI
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : lumber camp supplies
Detail : She drove ashore in heavy weather. The Lifesaving Service rescued her crew. Though reported as a total loss, the vessel later was saved as well. Reported as "out of commission" in 1893
Rebuilt to a schooner at some point and back to a propeller at Bay City in the spring of 1887.
Sources: gwgl,h,lhl,phr,wb,hgl,eas

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H.A. LAMARS
Other names : also seen in error as H.H. LAMARS, H.A. LAMAR
Official no. : 42218
Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood*
Build info : 1868, S. M. Lane, Fairport, OH
Specs : 88 t.
Date of loss : 1881
Place of loss : near Fairport, OH
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : capsized
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : wood
Detail : Turned turtle in a squall.
Ashore and heavily damaged near Marblehead, OH in Oct of 1880.
*Perhaps an unrigged scow
Sources: hgl,sagl,h,usls,mv,wl not in '69 mv, mmgl

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L.L. LAMB
Other names : none
Official no. : 15609
Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1869, Williams, Erie, PA
Specs : 120x26x11, 254g 241n
Date of loss : 1902, Aug 16
Place of loss : off Fairport, OH
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : large riprap stone
Detail : She foundered in heavy seas while in tow of the steamer McCORMICK(qv), which rescued her crew.
Wreck lies 1 mi NW of Fairport E pier light, in 28 ft of water.
Rebuilt at Oswego, winter of 1874-5.
Sources: glp,nsp,is,ns1,ledc,rp

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R.T. LAMBERT
Other names : also seen as "R.J. Lambert"
Official no. : 110106
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1873, Lambert & Davis, Bay Port, MI
Specs : 50x15x4 23g 22n
Date of loss : 1873,
Oct
Place of loss : off Caseville, MI
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : (storm)
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : Almost brand new at the time when she wrecked near Pte Aux Barques. Declared a total loss but later recovered and rebuilt.
Rebuilt at Sebewaing, MI, 1883. Abandoned in 1909.
Sources: slh,mv,vbs,nsp

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LAMBTON
Other names : none
Official no. : C126409
Type at loss : propeller, lighthouse tender [Canadian]
Build info : 1909, Sorel, Que.
Specs : 108x25 323cg 182nc
Date of loss : 1922, Apr 19
Place of loss : somewhere between Caribou Isl. and Whitefish Bay
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 22 [all]
Carrying : gear, passengers
Detail : She was carrying relief keepers to various Canadian lighthouses when she disappeared in a spring gale.
Sources: is(2-79),mmgl,lssc,gwgl,lss,is,wms,h,csv,win,mpl

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LAMBTON
Other names : built as GLENAFTON, renamed LAMBTON in 1925, named SALVUS in 1930.
Official no. : C150234
Type at loss : propeller, steel, bulk freight
Build info : 1921, Port Arthur Shipbuilding, Port Arthur, Ont.
Specs : 252x43x21, 1866gc 1056nc
Date of loss : 1927, Dec 8
Place of loss : on Parisienne Isl.
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 2 of 20
Carrying : grain
Detail : Stranded on the island northwest of the Soo and heavily damaged. She was recovered the following year and rebuilt as a barge.
Registration closed in 1952.
Sources: mmgl,csv,lss,lssc,gwgl,sol,is,h,s,win

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GEORGE LAMONT
Other names : none
Official no. : ?
Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood
Build info : ?
Specs : 5 t.
Date of loss : 1880, Mar 14
Place of loss : off Pentwater, MI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 3
Carrying : none
Detail : Participating in a tug race when she was struck by a gale and overwhelmed.
Also sunk on Lake Erie, in 1877.
Sources: sol,

------------------------------------------------------ 1609
LANCASTER
Other names : none(?)
Official no. : C?
Type at loss : barge, wood
Build info : (1872, Strickler, Lancaster, Ont.)
Specs : (270 t.)
Date of loss : 1907
Place of loss : Bayfield Sound, E side of Geo. Bay
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : "lost"
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : No detail
Rebuilt in 1882
A LANCASTER [136x27x11] was built by Bidwell & Banta at Buffalo in 1856.
Sources: polk,slh,(mmgl)

------------------------------------------------------ 1610
LANGELL BOYS
Other names : none
Official no. : 141067
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight
Build info : 1890, S. Langell, St. Clair, MI
Specs : 151x30x11, 387g
Date of loss : 1931, Jun 13
Place of loss : near AuSable Pt., 6 mi S of AuSable, MI
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : in ballast
Detail : A fire from unknown causes started in her coal bunker while she was upbound. Despite a desperate effort by her crew to fight it, the vessel was consumed to the waterline. The crew abandoned and was later picked up by the Tawas Coast Guard.
Rebuilt in 1921
Sources: mod,slh,ns4,mv,phr,mpl,eas

------------------------------------------------------ 1611
SIMON LANGELL
Other names : none
Official no. : C138373
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight
Build info : 1886, S. Langell, St. Clair, MI [US# 116091]
Specs : 195x35x14, 845g 678n
Date of loss : 1936, Nov 23
Place of loss : Sarnia, Ont.
Lake : St. Clair R.
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : none
Detail : She caught fire and burned to the waterline at her layup dock. She was raised in 1937, towed out into Lake Huron and scuttled.
Some sources say the loss occurred at Kingston or Portsmouth, Ont., Sarnia is official.
Sold Canadian in 1919, retired in 1927.
Sources: slh,ns4,h,mv,csv,win,mpl,eas not in dfp

------------------------------------------------------ 1612
LANGHAM
Other names : built as TOM ADAMS, renamed in 1902
Official no. : 145481
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight
Build info : 1888, F. Wheeler, W. Bay City, MI hull #36
Specs : 281x41x20, 1810g, 1452n
Date of loss : 1910, Oct 24
Place of loss : Bete Grise Bay, Keweenaw Pen.
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : coal
Detail : Sheltering from a storm, she caught fire, burned to the waterline and sank. She was a total loss.
Changed her name in mid-voyage in 1902, causing much confusion among ship reporters.
Sources: lss,gwgl,is,ns2,vbs,mpl,eas

------------------------------------------------------ 4236
J. W. LANGMUIR
Other names : reportedly built on hull of schooner HANNAH
Official no. : C none
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1865, David Tait, Picton, Ont. as a brig
Specs : 88x21x9, 116 t.
Date of loss : 1875, Oct 7 or 8
Place of loss : Galoo Island
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : lumber
Detail : Bound for Oswego from Picton, she reached within 8 miles of that port, then began to fill and became unmanageable. She was driven back to the shoal at the head of the island and grounded, then broke up. Her crew made it to shore in her yawl. She was later stripped and relieved of her cargo by the schooner SASSACUS and tug WHEELER.
Owned by Spencer, Picton.
Major repair in 1868, proabaly converted from a brig to a schooner at that time.
Sources: nsp,wl,rsl,hgl

------------------------------------------------------ 4060
H. L. LANSING
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast [also recorded as a bark]
Build info : 1852, Bidwell & Banta, Buffalo
Specs : 362 t. om
Date of loss : 1865, Oct 27
Place of loss : near Chicago
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : (none)
Cargo : coal
Detail : She was stranded and destroyed in a gale.
Owned by Whitaker & Co., Detroit.
Stranded in a storm near New Buffalo, MI, in early December, 1856. The tug SALVOR out of Chicago got a pump on her, but gave up due to weather. Rescued the following spring.
Aground and heavily damaged on Colchester Reef in November of 1864.
Major repairs in 1853.
Sources: nsp,hgl,rsl

------------------------------------------------------ 1614
LARK
Other names : none
Official no. : ?
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast, bulk freight
Build info : 1855, Lafrinier & Stevenson, Cleveland
Specs : 138x26x11, 388 t.
Date of loss : 1872, Nov 10
Place of loss : near mouth of Carp River, near Leland, MI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Stranded and went to pieces in a storm.
Wreckage is reportedly still visible from shore.
not in 1869 mvus
hgl shows a schooner of this name lost on L. Mich in 1857.
Sources: ssb,hgl,nsp

------------------------------------------------------ 1615
JULIA LARSON
Other names : also seen as JULIA LARSEN
Official no. : C116363
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1874, P. Larson, Manitowoc, WI [US#75719]
Specs : 70x19x6, 60g 57n
Date of loss : 1912
Place of loss : SE corner of Thunder Bay Isl., MI
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : lumber
Detail : Downbound in a gale, her steering gear became disabled and she
reportedly stranded and broke up, a total loss. Crew of 2 men, a woman cook and a boy were taken off by Lifesaving Service crew. She was later recovered and lasted to the 1930's.
Sold Canadian in 1904.
Sources: (gwgl),mv,stb,rep,mpl,
rb

------------------------------------------------------ 3685
LAURA
Other names : none
Official no. : C ?
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast
Build info : 1873, H. Jenking, Walkerville, Ont.
Specs : 140x23x12, 348gc 348nc
Date of loss : 1893, Aug 13
Place of loss : 25 mi from Charlotte, NY
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : Foundered in a NE gale, sinking in 600 feet of water.
Sources: mmgl,wb

------------------------------------------------------ 286
BELLE LAURIE
Other names : none
Official no. : 3042
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1876, Laurie, Sturgeon Bay, WI
Specs : 60x16x6 36g 34n
Date of loss : 1894, Aug 10
Place of loss : Garrett Bay, WI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : (storm)
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Foundered. May have been recovered.
Name is 1st/last compound name, not descriptive.
Sources: h,mv,wbm

------------------------------------------------------ 1617
LAURINA
Other names : none
Official no. : 15875
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1872, Frederickson, Chicago
Specs : 72x19x5, 55g 53n
Date of loss : 1893, Apr 20
Place of loss : 2.5 mi N of Milwaukee
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : lumber
Detail : She drove into the shallows in easterly gale when the Milwaukee breakwater, behind which she was sheltering, gave way and allowed full force of waves to strike her. Dragged her anchors and went ashore. Lifesaving Service rescued her crew.
Sources: h,mv,wb,hgl,mpl

------------------------------------------------------ 4013
LAVINIA
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1847, Sanford & Moses, Ohio City, OH [Cleveland]
Specs : 108x22x9, 199 t. om
Date of loss : 1858
Place of loss : near Port Washington, WI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : (storm)
Loss of life : (none)
Carrying : cobblestone
Detail : She stranded and became a total loss.
Also stranded near Sheboygan in 1852.
Sources: bb,wl,hgl

------------------------------------------------------ 1618
LIZZIE A. LAW
Other names : none
Official no. : 140133
Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood, bulk freight, 2-mast
Build info : 1875, E. Fitzgerald, Port Huron
Specs : 196x34x13, 747g 710n
Date of loss : 1908, Oct 19
Place of loss : Traverse Isl. E. side of Keweenaw Pen.
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : coal
Detail : Tow of steamer EDWARD HINES, broke her towline and drove ashore where she quickly went to pieces. Bound for Duluth. Crew took to lifeboat and survived.
Rebuilt 1882
Sources: gwgl,lss,ms,ns1,mv,nsp,mpl,eas,bb

------------------------------------------------------ 4237
E. J. LAWAY, Jr
Other names : none
Official # : 212765
Type at loss : propeller, wood
Build info : 1914, E. J. Laway, Cheboygan, Mich
Specs : 73x21x6, 70g 48n
Date of loss : 1929, Apr 19
Place of loss : off Sein Island, North Channel
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : (storm)
Loss of life : none mentioned
Carrying : ?
Detail : Foundered, a total loss. Document surrendered 8 days later.
Owned by E. J. Laway, Jr., Cheboygan, Mich

Sources : eas,hcgl

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LAWRENCE - See H.N. JEX

------------------------------------------------------ 1619
GEORGE LAWRENCE
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1847, D. Merrill, Milwaukee
Specs : 120 ft, 284 t.
Date of loss : 1850, Apr 10
Place of loss : Straits of Mackinac, 1 mi W of St. Helena Isl.
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : ice
Loss of life : none
Carrying : 11,0000 bu. wheat
Detail : Bound Milwakee for Buffalo, she was cut by ice and sank in 48 feet of water. Out of Milwaukee,
she was a loss of $17,500.
The wreck may have been salvaged in 1880's.
Sources: slh,is,ssm,nsp,
bc

------------------------------------------------------ 1620
A.W. LAWRENCE
Other names : none
Official no. : 105948
Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood
Build info : 1880, Capt. J. Gregory, Sturgeon Bay, WI
Specs : 72x16x9, 51g 24n
Date of loss : 1888, Oct 31
Place of loss : off North Point, near Milwaukee
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : explosion
Loss of life : 4 of 6
Carrying : none
Detail : Her boiler exploded, sinking the tug and killing most of her crew. None of their remains was found. The tug MERRILL rescued her cook and single passenger.
Sources: mv,h,nsp,hgl,mpl,bb

------------------------------------------------------ 3582
H.C. LAWRENCE
Other names : none
Official no. : 95529
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1878, Bay City
Specs : 35x12x3, 10g 9t
Date of loss : 1897?
Place of loss : unreported
Lake : unreported
Type of loss : (storm)
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : No detail. Document surrendered at Port Huron, Jun 14, 1897, annotated "Wrecked."
Rebuilt 1881, Sebewaing
Sources: phr,vbs,mv

------------------------------------------------------ 1621
IVER LAWSON
Other names : none
Official no. : 12436
Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood, 3-mast
Build info : 1869, Miller, Chicago
Specs : 116x25x8, 149g 142n
Date of loss : 1905, Oct 19
Place of loss : Horseshoe Bay of Green Bay
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : (lumber)
Detail : Stranded and broken up by waves. By the 23rd she had gone to pieces.
One newspaper gives the location as Egg Harbor, near Sturgeon Bay.
Sources: nsp,ns1,mv,mpl

------------------------------------------------------ 1622
CLARENCE E. LE BEAU
Other names : built as steamer CITY OF HOLLAND, renamed MELBOURNE in 1913, renamed in 1920
Official no. : 126967
Type at loss : propeller, wood, package freight
Build info : 1893, R. Rogers, Saugatuck, MI
Specs : 136x30x8, (386g 289n)
Date of loss : 1922, Jul 11
Place of loss : Maumee River at Toledo, OH
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Burned to a total loss at her home dock.
Rebuilt and converted to a bulk freighter at Bay City (by Davidson) in 1913, converted to a crane-equipped package freighter in 1920
Sources: eas,ns3,mv,mpl

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LE GRIFON - See GRIFFIN

------------------------------------------------------ 1623
LE BLANC HENRI
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : frigate, wood, 3-mast
Build info : ?
Specs : ?
Date of loss : 1764, Jun 17
Place of loss : off Wolfe Isl.
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Wrecked on a spit. Reportedly carrying over $100,000 in gold & silver bullion.
French Naval vessel.
Sources: h,do2

------------------------------------------------------ 3352
LEADER
Other names : none
Official no. : 14195
Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1892, Algonac, MI (or 1882)
Specs : 58x16x4, 32g 30n
Date of loss : 1902, May 22
Place of loss : below St. Clair Flats
Lake : St. Clair
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : coal,charcoal
Detail : She would not obey the helm in a squall, struck the entry pier of the flats canal, drifted downstream and sank. Capt. Yax, the only crewman, saved his wife & children, asleep below.
In Oct., 1900 the large schooner-barge LEADER, which lay abandoned and sunk above Belle Isle, Det. R. was blown up as a hazard. Built 1856, Lyon, Black R., OH, 134x26x11, 247g 236n #14714.
Sources: nsp,mv,polk,hgl,phr

------------------------------------------------------ 3353
LEADVILLE
Other names : none
Official no. : 140367
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1879, G. Goble, Oswego, NY
Specs : 136x26x12, 345g 326n
Date of loss : 1883, Nov 13 (Nov 17 also given)
Place of loss : E side of Long Point (at Port Dalhousie also given)
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : 20,000 bu wheat
Detail : She was driven ashore and wrecked in a very destructive gale. Her crew was taken off by the propeller ROANOKE. Document surrendered in 1884. Owned out of Oswego by M. J. Cummings, who also owned theBLAZING STAR, which went ashore right beside LEADVILLE with heavy damage.
Sources: is,nsp,tel,polk,osdo,hgl,mv,rp,es

------------------------------------------------------ 1624
LEAFIELD
Other names : none
Official no. : BR97990
Type at loss : propeller, steel, bulk freight, "3-island"
Build info : 1892, Strand Slipway Co., Sunderland, Eng.
Specs : 249x35x17, 1454gc 922nc
Date of loss : 1913, Nov 8
Place of loss : 20 mi E of Thunder Bay, Ont., near Angus Isl.
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 18 [all]
Carrying : RR rails & equipment
Detail : Overwhelmed by the huge storm [probably the most violent ever recorded on the lakes] and driven on the rocks. Waves ripped up her bottom, then shoved her into deep water.
Off. number also given as 97790
Also tore up her hull and sank on Beausoliel Isl., Ont., Aug 17, 1912.
Sources: is(4-67),mmgl,lol,gsgl,gwgl,sol,ttgl,ns2,h,win,mpl

------------------------------------------------------ 1625
LEANDER
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1838, Marblehead, OH
Specs : 85x24x8, 145g 130n
Date of loss : 1857, Nov 17
Place of loss : near Gros Cap, W Straits of Mackinac
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : (storm)
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Stranded and a total loss, she broke up on the beach a short time later.
Other sources say this was a Canadian schooner out of Quebec or Port Hope.
Sources: slh,ssm,wl,rnc

------------------------------------------------------ 3562
DAISY LEE
Other names : none
Official no. : 6207
Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood
Build info : 1864, F. N. Jones, Buffalo, NY
Specs : 47x13x6, 20 g
Date of loss : 1888, Jan 5
Place of loss : unreported
Lake : unreported
Type of loss : unreported
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : none
Detail : No detail. Document surrendered at Port Huron Jun 30, 1888, annotated "Total loss."
This may be the misreporting of an accident where she burned to the water's edge on the Rouge River Oct 29, 1887.
Owned by G. P. Felcher
Sources: phr,lhl,wl,es3-1

------------------------------------------------------ 1626
FRED A. LEE
Other names : also seen as FREDERICK A. LEE and FRED LEE
Official no. : C134379
Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood
Build info : 1896, Port Huron, MI US#121019
Specs : 72x16x9, 65gc
Date of loss : 1936, Nov 13
Place of loss : 12 mi N of Pte Aux Barques, MI
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : explosion
Loss of life : 5 [all]
Carrying : none
Detail : Bound Port Huron for Soo, Ont., in heavy weather, she foundered quickly. Though the ore boat JOHN MUNSON had her in sight when she went down, and arrived at the spot within 15 minutes, there was no trace of her crew left.
Wreck was located upright in 200 feet of water in June, 1994. The wreck’s intact boiler disproved the theory that her boiler had exploded. She had run aground the day previous to her sinking, and her hull may just have failed.
Sold Canadian about 1915. Out of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
Sources: slh,lm,is,sol,h,win,mmgl,mv,nsp

------------------------------------------------------ 3483
IDA H. LEE
Other names : none
Official no. : 100058
Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood
Build info : 1863, Hingston Bros, Buffalo
Specs : 45x10x5, 18 t.
Date of loss : 1874, Apr 23
Place of loss : 2 mi NE of Milwaukee harbor mouth
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : 1
Carrying : none
Detail : Rammed from astern by the schooner IDA, which she was towing,
when she ran afoul of her own towline. She sank quicky, trapping her engineer below.
Sources: lhl,bb,wl,nsp not in '69 mv,hgl

------------------------------------------------------ 4078
J. M. LEE
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood
Build info : 1852, Wm. Walker, Irving, NY
Specs : 124 t. om
Date of loss : 1866, Jun 18
Place of loss : near Buffalo
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : After her anchors failed to hold, she was driven ashore in a teriffic but localized gale and became a total loss.
Major repairs in 1859.
Sources: nsp,hgl,rsl,rnc

------------------------------------------------------ 1627
JOHN LEE, Sr.
Other names : built as the tug T. KEDDLE*, a most appropriate name for a small steam tug
Official no. : C100122
Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood
Build info : 1888, Wallaceburg, Ont.
Specs : 86x21, 88t**
Date of loss : 1913, Aug
Place of loss : at Port McNicoll, Ont., Georgian Bay
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : none
Detail : Burned to total loss.
*Built on hull of tug A.T. KELLEY [C#85705], 56x14x7, 39 t., which had burned in 1885 (qv).
**Built at 61x21, 52t., rebuilt and enlarged in 1895
Sources: slh,csv,mmgl

------------------------------------------------------ 1628
LAURA H. LEE
Other names : built as schooner yacht JUNIETTA, later WAVE CREST [1882]
Official no. : C130228
Type at loss : propeller motor tug, wood, tug/lumber hooker/packet
Build info : 1864, Albertson Bros., Philadelphia [US#12667]
Specs : 87x24 92gc 81nc
Date of loss : 1929, Oct 23
Place of loss : Meldrum Bay, North Channel
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : none
Detail : She burned to a total loss at her dock after heavy seas knocked over a kerosene lamp.
Out of Owen Sound
Sold Canadian, 1923. Probably converted to motor at that time.
Sources: do2,mmgl,win,mpl

------------------------------------------------------ 1629
OLIVER LEE
Other names : built as steamer CANADIAN, see below for name changes
Official no. : none
Type at loss : bark, wood, 3-mast
Build info : 1844, Niagara Dock Co., Chippawa, Ont. as a sidewheeler
Specs : 160x28x11, 530 t.
Date of loss : 1857, Nov 17
Place of loss : near Old Mackinac Point [E of Mackinac Bridge site]
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : oats
Detail : Downbound, she was wrecked in a gale. Went ashore with LEANDER and two others. Reported to have gone to pieces on Dec 1. Her remaining gear was stripped by the wrecking schooner C.J. MARSHALL in June of 1858.
Seized by U.S. Treas. Dept. & sold at a marshall’s sale to a U.S. buyer in 1850, renamed LONDON (maybe built as LONDON). Became the bark OLIVER LEE in 1856.
Location of loss also given as Gros Cap, L. Michigan.
Rebuilt from sidewheel steamer to bark, 1856.
Sources: ssm,is(2-60),csv,slh,lhl,hgl,nsp

------------------------------------------------------ 1630
LELAND
Other names : none
Official no. : 15917
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight
Build info : 1873, McLeod, New Jerusalem, OH
Specs : 148x28x11, 366g, 318n
Date of loss : 1910, Dec 7
Place of loss : Huron, OH
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : Destroyed by fire at a dock.
Some sources say she was recovered, rebuilt and later abandoned at Marine City, MI
Severely damaged in another fire, 1888, on Lake Huron.
Stranded off Point Pelee in the summer of 1889, with heavy damage to her bottom.
Sources: slh,is,ns2,mv,ledc,hgl,mpl,es3-2

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CHARLES LEMCKE - See EASTNOR

------------------------------------------------------ 1631
LEO
Other names : none
Official no. : ?
Type at loss : steam launch, workboat & yacht
Build info : (1889, Rocky River?)
Specs : ?
Date of loss : 1889, Sep 25
Place of loss : off Rocky River, OH
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm/explosion
Loss of life : 9 [all]
Carrying : none
Detail : Pleasure craft/workboat was returning from pleasure trip in a squall when she exploded and sank with all hands.
Sources: is,h,wb,hgl

------------------------------------------------------ 1632
FLORENCE LESTER
Other names : none
Official no. : 37177
Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood (3-mast)
Build info : 1868, Philander Lester, Marine City, MI*
Specs : 136x26x12, 265g 251n
Date of loss : 1889, Oct 1
Place of loss : 1/4 mi SW of Manistee, MI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : lumber
Detail : Blown ashore and wrecked in a NW gale, a total loss.
She was quite heavily built, being iron-strapped and, originally, wire-rigged.
*some sources show her built by T Lester at Saginaw, MI
Sources: mv,vbs,eas,h,wb,hgl,sb,bb,nsp

------------------------------------------------------ 1633
T.G. LESTER
Other names : also seen as "Thomas G. Lester"
Official no. : 59196
Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood
Build info : 1868, T.G. Lester, E Saginaw, MI
Specs : 113x26x9, 205g 191n
Date of loss : 1908, Mar 30
Place of loss : foot of 12th St., Detroit
Lake : Detroit R
Type of loss : ice
Loss of life : none
Carrying : none
Detail : In use as a construction barge in the building of the Michigan Central RR tunnel, she was cut by ice and sank. Later abandoned in place and probably covered over when area was filled in the 20's.
Sources: vbs,ns1,mv,nsp,eas

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LET HER B - See WARRENKO

------------------------------------------------------ 1634
D. LEUTY
Other names : none
Official no. : 157065
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight
Build info : 1882, H. Root, Lorain, OH
Specs : 179x34x12, 647g 551n
Date of loss : 1911, Oct 31
Place of loss : Lighthouse Point, near Marquette
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : light
Detail : She drove ashore in a gale while trying to enter the harbor at Marquette and later broke up. The vessel was a total loss, but after deckhouse was used as a summer cottage nearby until 1965.
Owned by C. Prescott of Cleveland
Sources: mv,eas,gwgl,is,ns2,h,lss,mpl,df

------------------------------------------------------ 3738
LEVANT
Other names : none
Official no. : 14670
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1854, Doolittle & Miller, Chicago
Specs : 91x22x8, 115 t.
Date of loss : 1871, Oct 14
Place of loss : off Sheboygan, WI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 5 of 6
Carrying : ?
Detail : She was overwhelmed and foundered in a heavy gale. Two crewmen, who were clinging to her emergent rigging with their frozen comrades, were rescued by smallboat from the schooner D.P. DOBBINS, but one died a short time later. Out of Chicago.
Major repairs in 1865.
Sources: nsp,hgl,mv,bb,rsl,wl

------------------------------------------------------ 1635
LEVIATHAN
Other names : none
Official no. : C none
Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1868, G. Dakin, Port Burwell, Ont.
Specs : 77x19x7, 91nc
Date of loss : 1870, Oct 29
Place of loss : "clay banks" near Port Burwell, Ont.
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : She was driven ashore by a gale and was unable to release herself. Broke up and declared lost Oct 31. Perhaps ashore the 25th.
Out of Port Burwell, owned by Ward
May have been recovered, vessel above still on some lists in 1878.
Sources: mmgl,win,clu,nsp,sagl,h,hgl

------------------------------------------------------ 1636
LEVIATHAN
Other names : none
Official no. : 14612
Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood, wrecking [large]
Build info : 1857, B.B. Jones, Buffalo
Specs : 126x26x11, 232t.
Date of loss : 1891, Nov 28*
Place of loss : at Cheboygan, MI
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life :
none
Carrying : none
Detail : Burned to a total loss at her dock at about midnight. Later stripped, towed out into the lake and scuttled. She was a very famous wrecking tug in the Straits area and Detroit,
owned by the Grummond Line of tugs. This was the third vessel that had burned out from under Capt. Laframboise of Amherstburg, Ont. The others were LAKE BREEZE (qv-1878) and STRANGER(qv - 1885).
*Some sources give Nov 12, 21 or 29 as date.
Sources: mv,slh,is,lhl,hgl,nsp,ssm,mpl

------------------------------------------------------ 1637
LEWIE
Other names : none
Official no. : 140785
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1884, Duluth
Specs : 39x12x4, 12g 11n
Date of loss : 1904, Sep 2
Place of loss : off Two Harbors, MN
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : (storm)
Loss of life : none of 2
Carrying : ?
Detail : Foundered in a gale.
Sources: mv,lss

------------------------------------------------------ 1638
SAM LEWIS
Other names : none also seen as SAMUEL LEWIS
Official no. : C46220
Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood
Build info : 1861, Godfrey Canter, Detroit (builder also given as G. Canton, A Cantin)
Specs : 63x17, 115 t.
Date of loss : 1871, Nov 12
Place of loss : Cape Croker, Georgian Bay
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : hay and provisions
Detail : Bound for Michael’s Bay, Manitoulin Isl., with provisions for the winter, she stranded and wrecked, a total loss. Salvagers came up to get her afloat the following spring, but she had disappeared entirely.
Sold Canadian, 1865. Registered out of Montreal.
Sources: mmgl,clu,hdm,slh,h,win,hgl,nsp,rsl

------------------------------------------------------ 1639
LEXINGTON
Other names : ?
Official no. : none
Type at loss : (scow-)schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info (1836, Manchester, MI or 1835, Sacket’s Harbor)
Specs : (70x17x6, 54 t. [om] or 80x20x8, 118 t. [om]) 53 t.
Date of loss : 1846, Nov 19
Place of loss : 4 miles off Pt. Mouillee, MI*
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 13 [all]
Carrying : barrelled whiskey, coal, 2 new boilers
Detail : She foundered in a gale. Of 110 barrels of whiskey aboard, 100 washed ashore within the following few days. Sorry.
*Newspaper articles also give "Lake Erie Isls." and "5 to 10 miles off Huron (OH)" as locations of loss.
Out of Algonac, MI
Sources: sol,le,h,ledc,lsp,hgl,nsp,(bb,wl),eas

------------------------------------------------------ 3484
LEXINGTON
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : sidewheel steamer, wood
Build info : 1838, F.N. Jones, Black R. [Charleston], OH
Specs : 162x23x11, 363 t. [om]
Date of loss : 1850, Jun 15
Place of loss : at Port Washington, WI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : (storm)
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : Stranded and lost
Sources: lhl,is(NilesReg), wl,eas

------------------------------------------------------ 1640
LIBBY
Other names : ?
Official no. : ?
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : ?
Specs : "small"
Date of loss : 1872, Nov 24
Place of loss : off the old Northwester Hotel site, Marquette
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Torn from her dockside moorings, she was driven ashore and dashed to pieces. Total loss.
Sources: lss,is, not in 1869 mv

------------------------------------------------------ 4142
LIBERTY
Other names : none
Official no. : 14805
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1837 [or '33], Avon Point, Oh
Specs : 72x18x6, 54t.
Date of loss : 1872, Apr 14
Place of loss : Milwaukee harbor
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm/collision
Loss of life : 1
Carrying : wood
Detail : She was coming into the harbor at around midnight in a gale when she struck on the cribwork of a government pier which was then being erected, but which was not lighted. As the LIBERTY was breaking up, the local lightkeeper was able to get a line to her and all but one of her crew managed to get ashore. The lost sailor, who was also part owner of the vessel, fell between the pier and the wreck and was crushed.
Owned out of Sheboygan by Gunderson and Thompson. Gunderson was her skipper, Thompson perished.
Rebuilt in 1845 and 1870. She was one of the eldest vessels on the lakes at the time.
Sources: nsp,mv,wl,bb

------------------------------------------------------ 1641
LIBERTY
Other names : none
Official no. : 141011
Type at loss : propeller, wood, passenger & package freight
Build info : 1889, C.C. Fowles, Ft. Howard, WI
Specs : 97x18x5, 86g 53n
Date of loss : 1919, Jul 6 [Sep 23 also given]
Place of loss : Grand Marais, MN
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : (none)
Carrying : ?
Detail : Burned to a total loss in harbor.
Sources: mv,is,lss,mpl,eas

------------------------------------------------------ 3746
LIEUT.-GENERAL U.S. GRANT
Other names : none also seen as GEN U. S. GRANT
Official no. : 14663
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1865, Green Bay
Specs : 156 t.
Date of loss : 1878, Sep 30
Place of loss : near the pier at Pentwater, MI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 2
Carrying : wood
Detail : Outbound for Chicago, she stranded and became a total loss.
Sources: usls,mv,wl

------------------------------------------------------ 1642
LIGHTSHIP #82
Other names : none
Official no. : #82
Type at loss : lightship, steel
Build info : 1912, Racine-Truscott-Shell Boat Co., Muskegon, MI
Specs : 80 ft., 187 t.
Date of loss : 1913, Nov 12
Place of loss : Waverly Shoal, off Buffalo
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 6 [all]
Carrying : none
Detail : Overwhelmed by "Big Storm" of 1913 after battling it out for 3 days. Sank quickly after apparently springing a leak. Located with difficulty and recovered by Reid Towing in summer, 1915. Repaired & converted to a tender at Detroit.
Popularly known as the "Buffalo" because that was painted on her flank in large letters, indicating her station.
Link
Sources: is(1-75),nsp,s,is,ml,gsgl,ttgl,ledc

------------------------------------------------------ 1643
CHARLES W. LIKEN
Other names : none
Official no. : 125812
Type at loss : propeller, wood, passenger & package freight
Build info : 1880, F. Wheeler, W Bay City, MI hull# 6
Specs : 73x17x5, 34g 23n
Date of loss : 1905, Aug 13
Place of loss : Saginaw R. at Bay City, MI
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Burned to the waterline and a total loss.
Rebuilt from 63x17x5, 37g 27n in 1898.
Sources: vbs,slh,sbs,mv,phr

------------------------------------------------------ 1644
JOHN C. LIKEN
Other names : also seen as J.C. LIKEN, J.C. LICKEN
Official no. : 75507
Type at loss : propeller, wood, package and bulk freight
Build info : 1873, Geo. Carpenter, Sebewaing, MI
Specs : 90x21x5, 79g, 58n
Date of loss : 1890, May 2
Place of loss : Hammond bay, Straits of Mackinac
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : wood lath, gen frt
Detail : Bound Cheboygan, MI, for Toledo, where she was to go into her normal trade - excursions. She was caught in a storm and foundered. Document surrendered at Cleveland May 15, endorsed "vessel lost."
Rebuilt, 1884
Sources: vbs,slh,h,lhdc,wb,hgl,sb,ssm

------------------------------------------------------ 1646
JOHN LILLIE
Other names : none
Official no. : 13872
Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood
Build info : 1847, John Lillie, Chicago [Grace Pt.]*
Specs : 96 t. 82n
Date of loss : 1870, Nov 10
Place of loss : at Grand Haven
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : She struck a beakwater while entering the harbor and was torn to pieces, a total loss.
Homeport: Holland, MI
*One source says she was built at Wallaceburg, Ont., in 1859.
Ashore in the harbor at St. Joseph in the great gale of November, 1869.
Sources: is,mv,hgl,nsp,rsl,wl

------------------------------------------------------ 1647
LILLY MAY
Other names : none
Official no. : 15301
Type at loss : lighter scow, wood
Build info : 1869, C. Parker, Algonac, MI as 3-mast scow-schooner
Specs : 150x28x9, 300g 285n
Date of loss : 1905, May 16
Place of loss : upriver from Detroit
Lake : Detroit
Type of loss : hull failure
Loss of life : none
Carrying : dunnage
Detail : Sunk under the weight of a heavy cargo and abandoned. Later dynamited as a hazard.
Reported lost on two separate occasions in 1895.
Originally 120x27x8, 181g, rebuilt to the dimensions above and rig changed to 2-mast scow-schooner prior to 1893 (1889?).
Major repair at W Bay City, 1882
Sources: ns1,mv,nsp

------------------------------------------------------ 1648
LILY
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood
Build info : 1858, Barringer, Sandusky, OH
Specs : 58x13x4, 29g
Date of loss : 1862, Jul 7
Place of loss : 10 mi off Vermilion, OH
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 1
Carrying : ?
Detail : On a short hop Vermilion for Toledo, she capsized in a squall. Her skipper drowned, but the crewman and a boy sat on her upturned skiff for 18 hours until finally rescued.
Out of Toledo
Sources: www,hgl,nsp

------------------------------------------------------ 1645
LILY E.
Other names : Built as LOUISA McDONALD, renamed in 1883. Also seen as LILLIE E., LILLY E.
Official no. : 15872
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast
Build info : 1869, J. Hanson, Manitowoc, WI
Specs : 192g 182n
Date of loss : 1883, Nov 11 (May 21 also given)
Place of loss : off Manistee, MI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none of 8
Carrying : sacked oats
Detail : In tow of the tug WILLIAMS and inbound to Manistee, she struck a bar in a heavy SW gale and limped in close to shore before sinking. Lifesaving Service saved her crew by breeches’ bouy. Bound Milwaukee for Manistee. Out of Grand Haven (or Manistee). By the 26th she had been stripped and a channel was dredged to her and she was refloated. As she was being towed away a storm blew up and she was scuttled to save her. On the 27th she was again raised during a lull in the weather, but had to be scutted again. She was raised for a third time on the 30th and towed in. Both times the Life-saving Service had to rescue those aboard, 28 in all. The whole venture had cost much more than the vessel and her cargo were worth, but she was eventually returned to service. Turned into a floating clubhouse for the South Shore Yacht Club, Milwaukee, in 1914, reported wrecked near Milwaukee in 1922.
Sources: mv,nsp,h,g8s,hgl,usls,mpl,bb,eb

------------------------------------------------------ 1649
LINA
Other names : none
Official no. : C none
Type at loss : propeller tug, wood
Build info : 1866, A. Cantin, Montreal
Specs : 88x18x9, 114g* 28nc
Date of loss : 1868, Jul 14
Place of loss : at Trenton, Ont.
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Caught fire and burned, reportedly to a total loss. Some newspapers indicated that she may have been recovered.
Owned by Cantin of Montreal
*note: American tonnage per clu
Sources: csv,mmgl,clu,rnc

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LINCOLN - See also PREMIER

------------------------------------------------------ 1650
LINCOLN
Other names : later LILLIE SMITH(1888) and MARY BATTLE(1914)
Official no. : C88638*
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight "steambarge"
Build info : 1872, M. Simpson, St. Catharines, Ont.
Specs : 131x24x12, 347gc 247nc
Date of loss : 1887, Oct 19
Place of loss : Little Pike Bay, near Fishing Isls., Ont.
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : RR ties
Detail : She was driven ashore and wrecked in a gale. She was heavily damaged and declared a total loss. Her crew was rescued by a fishing boat. Later recovered and the hull used to build the new vessel LILLIE SMITH.. Renumbered C94911.
*given this number in 1872.
Sources: is,lhdc,slh,ns2,csv,win,hgl,mmgl,es3-1

------------------------------------------------------ 1651
A. LINCOLN
Other names : none also seen as ABRAHAM LINCOLN
Official no. : 1122
Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood
Build info : 1860, Chas. Desha, New Baltimore, MI
Specs : 75x19x7, 68g
Date of loss : 1872, Sep 29
Place of loss : at AuSable, MI
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : Tow of the tug ZOUAVE with several others, she broke her towline off Pte Aux Barques and drifted over 40 miles to shore. Declared a total loss, but later probably recovered. Not on 1883 lists.
Sources: slh,mv,nsp,rsl

------------------------------------------------------ 1652
JENNY LIND
Other names : none
Official no. : 12716
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast, bulk freight
Build info : 1848, DeGrote, Cleveland
Specs : 100x21x9, 111g 105n
Date of loss : 1883, May 21
Place of loss : Just south of the Chicago waterfront.
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 4
Carrying : lumber
Detail : Inbound from Muskegon, she capsized and sank quickly in a gale after setting her anchors to ride out the storm instead of attempting to enter the harbor. Lifesaving Service rushed to her aid, but four crewmen had already drowned. Shown in 1884 Merchant Vessels as "lost or otherwise out of service."
Major repairs in 1859.
A schooner of this name is in Canadian records (C#83025), built in U.S.A. ("Wolf Isl.!") in 1861, 72x19x7, 59gc/nc, reported wrecked about 11/20/1883 on Lake Huron. (mmgl,polk).
Sources: mv,mmgl,polk,h,lmdc,hgl,usls,wl,rsl,es

------------------------------------------------------ 3995
LINDA E
Other names : built as LE CLAIR BROS.
Official no. : 236906
Type at loss : propeller fishing tug, gas
Build info : 1937, Burger Boat, Manitowoc
Specs : 40x13x6, 29g 20n
Date of loss : 1998, Dec 11
Place of loss : off Ozaukee Co., WI, SE of Port Washington
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : unknown (probable collision)
Loss of life : 3
Carrying : 1,000 lbs chub
Detail : This tug went missing in good weather on a trip between Milwaukee and Port Washington, WI after setting 14 fishing nets. A massive search by hundreds of professional and volunteer searchers and the Coast Guard had turned up no trace of her until she was located by two U. S. Navy minesweepers which diverted from a Great Lakes training and recruiting tour to search for her. She was found in 260 feet of water SSE of Port Washington, on June 18, 2000. Earlier speculation that she was run down by some passing ship was supported by the fact that the wreck of the tug showed extensive collision damage.
http://pages.prodigy.com/benderslanding/lindago.htm
Built with a Diesel engine.
Sources: ns,nsp,bb,mjs

------------------------------------------------------ 1653
LINDEN
Other names : none
Official no. : C141667
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight
Build info : 1895, Jenks Shipbuilding, Port Huron, MI hull# 10 US#141370
Specs : 206x34x14, 894g 708n
Date of loss : 1923, Nov 28
Place of loss : at Tawas City, MI
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : She caught fire at her dock, then drifted out into the bay and sank. Her remains were removed for scrap value in 1930.
Also sunk near Sarnia, Ont., in 1911 and near Sans Souci, MI, St. Clair Flats in 1905.
Sold Canadian in 1921 - may have been resold American just before the 1923 accident.
Sources: slh,sol,ns3,lhdc,mv,mmgl,mpl,eas

------------------------------------------------------ 1654
WILLIAM R. LINN
Other names : later named J.S. WESCOAT (1940)
Official no. : 81597
Type at loss : propeller, steel, bulk freight
Build info : 1898, Chicago Shipbuilding, Chicago hull# 32
Specs : 400x48x24, 4328g 3196n
Date of loss : 1918, Nov 4
Place of loss : just N of Pt. Edward, S end of the lake
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Foundered well offshore. Declared a total loss, but an expensive salvage operation brought her back to the surface.
Converted to tanker WESCOAT in 1940. Scrapped overseas in 1964
Sources: slh,s

------------------------------------------------------ 1655
LISGAR
Other names : none
Official no. : C83150
Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1872, Abbey & Son, Port Robinson, Ont.
Specs : 139x26x11, 360gc 323nc
Date of loss : 1899, Sep 3
Place of loss : 30 mi from Cove Isl., Ont.
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life :
7 [all]
Carrying : coal
Detail : She was in tow of the prop CLINTON with the barge GRIMSBY when a northerly storm hit. When LISGAR began to fill, the tow was cut apart and LISCAR went down almost immediately. Her crew was visible on her floating cabin roof for a short time, then disappeared. Speculation at the time was that with a steamer in from and the heavy GRIMSBY astern, the old LISGAR - in the middle - was pulled apart when the weather got heavy.
Registered out of St. Catharines.
Sources: mmgl,slh,h,win
,go

------------------------------------------------------ 1657
LITTLE BELT
Other names : built as the commercial schooner FRIENDS' GOOD WILL
Official no. : none
Type at loss : armed schooner [cutter], wood, military vessel
Build info : 1810, Black Rock, NY
Specs : 96 t. (built at 60 t.)
Date of loss : 1813, Dec 31
Place of loss : Black Rock, NY
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : fire [military action]
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : A private American schooner captured by British Navy at Mackinac in 1812 and converted to a 3-gun armed schooner, she was recaptured by U.S. Navy at Put-in-Bay and later burned to prevent her capture.
Sources: asn,hgl,mpl

------------------------------------------------------ 1656
LITTLE EASTERN
Other names : none
Official no. : 15647*
Type at loss : sidewheel steamer, wood
Build info : 1859, J. Elliot, Detroit
Specs : 55x15x5, 38 t.
Date of loss : 1861, Jun 29
Place of loss : Saginaw R.
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : none
Detail : She collided with the sidewheeler FOX and sank. Recovered several weeks later and returned to service.
Converted to a sidewheel tug in 1873. Abandoned about 1881.
*number assigned in 1869
Sources: hsc,hdm,lhl,phr,wl,rsl

------------------------------------------------------ 1658
LITTLE GEORGY
Other names : sometimes seen as LITTLE GEORGIE, LITTLE GEORGE
Official no. : 15806
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1870, Frank Hamilton, Sheboygan, WI*
Specs : 82x18x6, 52g 50n
Date of loss : 1912, Oct 9
Place of loss : near Bois Blanc Isl. light, Straits of Mackinac
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Foundered in a gale. No detail.
Burned to near-total loss off Milwaukee, Oct 24, 1882, when her cargo of lime caught fire.
Scuttled off Holland, MI, Oct, 1873.
Stranded near Manitowoc, 1901.
*builder also given as Olsen
Sources: nsp,mv,slh,mv,hgl,mpl,bb

------------------------------------------------------ 1659
LITTLE NELL
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : sidewheel steamer
Build info : ?
Specs : "small"
Date of loss : 1863, Aug 29
Place of loss : Saginaw R., probably at Saginaw
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : (none)
Carrying : passengers, freight
Detail : Caught fire and burned to a total loss. Her engine was recovered.
Exploded, burned and sank on the Saginaw River, killing her skipper and several passengers in September, 1862.
Sources: slh,nsp,hgl

------------------------------------------------------ 1660
LITTLE WESTERN
Other names : none
Official no. : C none
Type at loss : sidewheel steamer, wood, passenger & package freight
Build info : 1834, Chatham, Ont.
Specs : 60 t.
Date of loss : 1842
Place of loss : near Bar Pt.
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : She caught fire and was destroyed while approaching Detroit. Total loss.
Sources: le,is,hgl,nsp not in mmgl

------------------------------------------------------ 1661
LITTLE WISSAHICKON
Other names : built as schooner-barge EDWARD D. KEANE
Official no. : 36351
Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood
Build info : 1869, P. Keane & Rogers, Marine City, MI
Specs : 146x29x12, 377g 358n
Date of loss : 1896, Jul 10
Place of loss : 22 mi S of Rondeau Pt. [35 mi NE of Pt Pelee]
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 3
Carrying : coal
Detail : In tow of steamer J.P. DONALDSON with 4 other barges, she sprang a leak and sank. Part of her crew abandoned in a raft and were picked up 6 hours later by the big steamer TUSCARORA. Another was rescued by the following barge T.G. LESTER.
Wreck later placed 33 to 35 miles E 3/4 N from Pt. Pelee.
Sources: nsp,hmc,h,ledc,phr,hgl

------------------------------------------------------ 1662
LIVE YANKEE
Other names : none
Official no. : 14709
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1854, E. Bates, Milan, OH
Specs : 139(oa)x24x10, 260 t.
Date of loss : 1869, Nov 5
Place of loss : High Island Reef, Beaver Islands
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 1
Carrying : wheat
Detail : Bound Milwaukee for Buffalo, she struck shore and sank to her decks. Her crew and a 14-year old girl passenger made it to shore in her yawl, where Indians took care of them. The steward later died of exposure. The grain cargo swelled, burst her hull and caused her to become a total loss.
Driven ashore in a gale just west of Toronto in December, 1856
Sources: lmdc,nsp,mv,hgl,rp,rsl,mdwl

------------------------------------------------------ 1663
LIVELY
Other names : none
Official no. : 14608
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1856, S. Ruggles, Milan, OH
Specs : 208 t.
Date of loss : 1878
Place of loss : off Harbor Beach, MI
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : foundered
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : no detail
Homeport: Buffalo
Major repairs in 1870.
Sources: slh,hgl,mv,rsl,wl

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LIVERPOOL - See JOHN A. MARSH

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LIZZIE BELLE - See LIZZIE BELL

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LOCH LOMOND - See JOHN WALTERS

------------------------------------------------------ 4187
LOCHIEL
Other names : built as THREE SEAS, renamed before 1854
Official no. : C
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1852, R. Steel, Port Sarnia, Ont.
Specs : 105x20x9, 165 t.*
Date of loss : 1865, Sep 8
Place of loss : 15 mi NE of Genesee, NY lighthouse
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : 9,000 bu wheat
Detail : Westbound from Dundas, Ont, she was caught in a gale and foundered near dawn. Her crew were able to escape in her yawl, but saved nothing from the ship.
*tonnage from official sources. Most other sources say she was 233 t.
Rebuilt in 1861
Sources: rsl,clu,mmgl,hgl,rnc,jm

------------------------------------------------------ 3554
CORA LOCK
Other names : none
Official no. : 5977
Type at loss : sidewheel tug, wood
Build info : 1869, Hossack, Perrysburg, OH
Specs : 92x33x5, 95 t.
Date of loss : 1881
Place of loss : unreported
Lake : unreported
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : none
Detail : Destroyed by fire. Document surrendered at Port Huron Dec 15, 1881, annotated "burned."
Sources: phr,mpl,wl

------------------------------------------------------ 1664
P.B. LOCKE
Other names : none
Official no. : 20416
Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood, bulk freight
Build info : 1873, Bailey Bros., Toledo
Specs : 136x26x11, 285g 271n
Date of loss : 1912, Nov 1
Place of loss : 3 mi off Port Hope, Ont.
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Tow of the steamer JUNO, she foundered in a gale under Scarborough Bluffs.
Out of Toronto.
Sources: tfgl,ns2,mv,win

------------------------------------------------------ 1665
C.B. LOCKWOOD
Other names : none
Official no. : 126650
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight
Build info : 1890, Quayle’s Sons, Cleveland
Specs : 285x45x19, 2139g 1733n
Date of loss : 1902, Oct 13
Place of loss : off Fairport, Oh
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 10 of 19
Carrying : wheat
Detail : She foundered in a gale, her crew abandoning in two lifeboats. One was picked up by the steamer NISBET GRAMMER, the other was found upside-down on a nearby beach.
Sunk with heavy damage at Lime Kiln Crossing, Detroit R in 1895 and again in 1900. Stranded with heavy damage at Milwaukee in 1901.
Sources: sol,is,ns1,h,ledc,nsp,mpl

------------------------------------------------------ 3586
J.K. LOCKWOOD
Other names : none
Official no. : ?
Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood
Build info : 1869, C.P. Girden, Alpena
Specs : 102x27x7, 150g
Date of loss : 1870, Sep (1)
Place of loss : on Long Point
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : marble
Detail : Bound Buffalo for Cleveland, she went ashore in heavy weather and later broke up. Document surrendered 12/1/1877, annotated "wrecked in 1870."
Out of Alpena.
Sources: phr,nsp

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JAMES C. LOCKWOOD - See also CASE

------------------------------------------------------ 1666
LODI
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1834, Burton Parsons, Huron, OH
Specs : 64x19x6, 65gt
Date of loss : 1855, Nov 21
Place of loss : off Grand Haven MI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : light
Detail : Bound Chicago for Grand Haven, she drove on to the Grand Haven Bar and broke up. Her crew was rescued from shore by Capt. Smith and crew in the "Government Lifeboat." Owned out of Chicago at the time of her loss.
Also driven ashore and wrecked by a gale on L. Erie Nov 20, 1838. Shown as total loss, but recovered. the following spring.
Also sunk in collision with the steamer CHAUTAUQUA in October, 1842 off Sturgeon Pt., NY. Later raised.
She was an original member of large Newberry fleet of Detroit, purchased as a wreck at Conneaut in 1838.
Sources: is(4-60),slh,net,hgl,wb,nsp

------------------------------------------------------ 3739
ELIZA LOGAN
Other names : none
Official no. : 7312
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1855, B.B. Jones, Buffalo
Specs : 131x28x11, 265 t.
Date of loss : 1871, Oct 19
Place of loss : 12 mi off Erie, PA
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 2 of 8
Carrying : wheat
Detail : Bound Toledo for Buffalo, she foundered in a gale and came to rest with just her topmasts above water. Six crewmen clung to them for more than 24 hours until rescued by the passing schooner EMMA. Her skipper, who owned her with a partner, was one of the lost. Out of Buffalo.
Heavily damaged in a collision in 1861.
Rebuilt in 1871
Sources: nsp,mv,hgl,wl

------------------------------------------------------ 1667
LONDON
Other names : none?
Official no. : British
Type at loss : armed brig, military vessel
Build info : ?
Specs : ?
Date of loss : 1756
Place of loss : at Oswego
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : battle loss
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : none
Detail : Lost in armed conflict with the French during the Seven Years' War.
Sources: is,mpl

------------------------------------------------------ 1668
LONDON
Other names : ?
Official no. : none C
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast
Build info : 1852, D.D. Calvin, Garden Isla, Ont.
Specs : 132x22x11, 318 t.
Date of loss : 1858, Oct 20
Place of loss : near Big Sodus, NY
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : lumber
Detail : Bound for Oswego from a Canadian port, she stranded and became a total loss.
Sources: csv,hgl,nsp,mmgl

------------------------------------------------------ 1669
LONDON
Other names : none
Official no. : C72584
Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood, 3-mast
Build info : 1852, H. Roney, Garden Isl. as a bark
Specs : 263 t.
Date of loss : 1886, Oct 2
Place of loss : near Oswego, NY
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : none
Detail : Torn loose from the tug FERRIS and driven ashore in a gale. Total loss.
Registered out of Kingston.
Rebuilt in 1870.
Sources: mmgl,rsl,wl

------------------------------------------------------ 1672
LONE STAR
Other names : none
Official no. : 140454
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1881, Mud Creek, OH (also seen as Muck Creek)
Specs : 55x16x3, 21g 20n
Date of loss : 1892, Sep 26
Place of loss : Quarry Docks, near Sandusky, OH
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : lumber
Detail : She went ashore and was wrecked in gale. She had been bound Mud Creek to Turtle Creek, Ohio. Her crew of three made it to shore on their own.
Sources: mv,h,wb,hgl,usls

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ANN LONG - See W.E. GLADSTONE

------------------------------------------------------ 1673
JOHN J. LONG
Other names : none
Official no. : C100944
Type at loss : propeller, wood, mail and passenger boat
Build info : 1894, Collingwood, Ont.
Specs : 98x20, 201 t.
Date of loss : 1901, Sep 3
Place of loss : Meldrum Bay, North Channel
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : mail,passengers
Detail : Burned to a total loss.
Owned by Capt. Cleland
Sources: mmgl,slh,csv,

------------------------------------------------------ 1674
LOOKOUT
Other names : none
Official no. : 14675
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1855, G. Hardison, Buffalo
Specs : 127x28x10, 226g 215n
Date of loss : 1897, Apr 29
Place of loss : 3 mi north of harbor at Two Rivers, WI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none of 7
Carrying : light
Detail : Drove ashore and wrecked in spring storm
One source gives December as the month.
Rebuilt 1876, major repair, 1871, 1882
She was considered by many to be a particularly beautiful schooner.
Sources: h,lmdc,mv,wb,hgl,nsp,mpl,wl

------------------------------------------------------ 1675
B.R. LOOMIS
Other names : most often seen as B.R. LUMMIS - LOOMIS [official] is probably actually a misspelling
Official no. : 2240
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1855, D. Rogers, Sodus, NY
Specs : 158n
Date of loss : 1872, end of Aug
Place of loss : Grand Traverse Bay
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : 1 (also reported as "all but 1")
Carrying : ?
Detail : Foundered following a collision with the steamer CITY OF FREMONT.
Homeport: Racine [1869]
Major repair in 1861, 65
Sources: mv,slh,hgl,rsl,wl,nsp

------------------------------------------------------ 1676
EDWARD E. LOOMIS
Other names : built as WILKESBARRE, renamed in 1920
Official no. : 81733
Type at loss : propeller, steel, package freighter
Build info : 1900, Union Dry Dock, Buffalo hull# 92
Specs : 382x52x30, 4153g 3311n
Date of loss : 1934
Place of loss : off Harrisville, MI
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : She collided with the bulk freighter W.C. FRANZ(qv). She was able to limp to Port Huron with a badly crushed bow, but was later declared a constructive total loss. Lay idle until scrapped in 1940.
Sources: slh,mv,nsp

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LORA - See MANISTEE

------------------------------------------------------ 878
LORD ELGIN
Other names : built as SYRACUSE
Official no. : C33457
Type at loss : sidewheel steamer,* wood, passenger & package freight
Build info : 1845, Oswego, NY (or 1841)
Specs : 116x21x12, 345 t.
Date of loss : 1856, Dec 2
Place of loss : on Lake Ontario's Long Point [Also shown in error as Lake Erie's Long Point]
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : 2,000 bbl flour
Detail : Bound Toronto for Montreal, she was driven ashore in a gale and became a total wreck.
Sold Canadian, 1851, owned by Hooker, Pridham & Co. of Toronto
*US registration of 1845 says she was a "propeller of the Erikson Plan."
Sources: osdo,mmgl,csv,nsp,wl,rnc

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LORD NELSON - See SCOURGE

------------------------------------------------------ 1677
JARVIS LORD
Other names : none
Official no. : 75499
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight
Build info : 1873, W. Morley, Marine City
Specs : 178x33x18, 771g 641n
Date of loss : 1885, Aug 17
Place of loss : Manitou Passage, E of Manitou Isls.
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : foundered
Loss of life : none
Carrying : iron ore
Detail : She picked up a log in her propeller and forced it through her hull planking. She sank quickly.
Had suffered a collision with a schooner in June of the same year and it was implied that she was unseaworthy following but there is no evidence to that effect. She had been inspected following the first accident..
Out of Cleveland 500 hp engine
Sources: mv,nsp,sb,nb,hgl,mpl

------------------------------------------------------ 3599
LORETTA
Other names : also seen as LORETA
Official no. : 141238
Type at loss : propeller, wood
Build info : 1892, Carpenter Bros., Sebewaing, MI as a schooner
Specs : 140x31x9, 395g 284n
Date of loss : 1896, Oct 8
Place of loss : at Lorain, OH
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Destroyed by fire in Lorain harbor.
Driven ashore with heavy damage on Pt. Lookout, Lake Huron, May 19, 1894.
After her 1st year as a schooner she was considered structurally weak and was strengthened and rebuilt as a prop at Bay City.
Sources: phr,vbs,mv,hgl

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LORNA P. - See JENNIFER

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LOS MAYAS - See FRANCISCO MORAZAN

------------------------------------------------------ 1678
LOTHAIR
Other names : none
Official no. : C71170
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight "steambarge"*
Build info : 1872, M. Simpson, St. Catharines Ont.
Specs : 130x23, 413 t.
Date of loss : 1893, Jan
Place of loss : Windsor, Ont.
Lake : Detroit R
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : none
Detail : She caught fire and burned at her dock. Thought to be a total loss, but the hull later was recovered and rebuilt to an unrigged barge.
*also shown as a tug
Rebuilt and enlarged, 1877, originally 351 t.
Sources: mmgl,is,csv,

------------------------------------------------------ 1679
LOUISA
Other names : none
Official no. : C88636
Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood, 3-mast
Build info : 1856, L. Shickluna, St. Catharines, Ont.
Specs : 129x23x11, 250gc 233nc
Date of loss : 1890, Nov 13
Place of loss : Magnetic Reef, near Cockburn Isl. Ont.
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : She was the tow of the tug BRUNO, when both went on the reef in a storm on Nov 4. LOUISA broke up in another storm on the 13th
See also BRUNO
Out of St. Catharines
Major repair, 1863, 1880
Sources: mmgl,h,sol,win,hgl

------------------------------------------------------ 1681
LOUISA
Other names : none(?)
Official no. : 140127
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1874, M. Heblar, Bangor, MI
Specs : 61x17x5, 39g 37n
Date of loss : 1897 (probably - see below)
Place of loss : unreported
Lake : (Superior)
Type of loss : "lost"
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : No detail. Document surrendered at Marquette, Jun 18, '97, endorsed "vessel lost", does not appear in 1895 MVUS.
Sources: RKR,vbs,

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LOUISE - See also HUNTER WILLS

------------------------------------------------------ 1680
LOUISE
Other names : none
Official no. : 140288
Type at loss : propeller, wood, yacht and packet
Build info : 1878, Sandusky, OH
Specs : 88x19x8, 84g 44n
Date of loss : 1902, Sep 5
Place of loss : off Kincardine, Ont. [60 mi NE of Sand Beach]
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?(none)
Detail : Caught in a storm and foundered. Those aboard abandoned her in a gale and were picked up by steamer H.W. FISK. In use as a pleasure yacht at the time.
Sources: nsp,is,mv

------------------------------------------------------ 1682
LOUISE
Other names : ?
Official no. : ?
Type at loss : gas screw
Build info : ?
Specs : 11 t.
Date of loss : 1946, Mar 22
Place of loss : Detroit waterfront, near "Chickenbone Reef"
Lake : Detroit R.
Type of loss : (ice)
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Sank, no detail
Sources: h

------------------------------------------------------ 3485
LOUISIANA
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : sidewheel steamer, wood
Build info : 1846, Buffalo
Specs : 777 t.
Date of loss : 1857, Oct 20
Place of loss : near Port Burwell, Ont.
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : Bound Green Bay - her homeport - for Buffalo, she attempted to put in to Port Burwell for bunker wood in a gale. Stranded and pounded to pieces near the harbor entrance. Declared a total loss the 24th.
Sources: lhl,hgl,nsp

------------------------------------------------------ 1683
LOUISIANA
Other names : none
Official no. : 140882
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight
Build info : 1887, Morley & Hill, Marine City, MI
Specs : 267x40x20, 1753g 1259n
Date of loss : 1913, Nov 11
Place of loss : Washington harbor, Washington Isl., WI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm/fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : Heavily battered by the famed "Big Storm" of 1913, she sought shelter in harbor night of the 10th, but caught fire early the next morning and burned to a total loss.
Sources: gsgl,ttgl,sol,mh,ns2,is,mv,lmdc,nsp,mpl,eas

------------------------------------------------------ 1684
LOUISVILLE
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : propeller, wood, passenger & freight
Build info : 1853, G.S. Weeks, Buffalo
Specs : 137x26x11, 366 t.
Date of loss : 1857, Sep 29
Place of loss : off Calumet, IL
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : 1 (some sources say none)
Carrying : flour, grass seed, hops
Detail : Fire was discovered in her cargo hold approximately amidships. Even though she had to be abandoned quickly, of her crew and the fifteen passengers aboard, only one died, a fireman who was lost when one of her lifeboats capsized. She burned to a total loss. The Northern Transportation Liner was bound Chicago for St. Joseph, MI.
Also heavily damaged by fire on St. Lawrence R. the previous year.
Sources: sol,lmdc,lhl,hgl,nsp,mpl,eas

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SARAH LOW - See SARAH CLOW

------------------------------------------------------ 1685
LOWELL
Other names : none
Official no. : 14666
Type at loss : brig, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1848, Jones & Bagnall, Buffalo
Specs : 122x24x9, 202 t.
Date of loss : 1871, Sep 22
Place of loss : Cove Island, mouth of Georgian Bay
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : She was driven aground by a storm and stuck fast. The tug THOMAS QUAYLE worked to release her for some time, but could only save her outfit. She broke up in October. Homeport: Chicago.
Heavily damaged in an accident on Lake Michigan in 1857.
Also damaged in storms on Lake Michigan in 1852 and 70. Major repair in 1861.
Sources: slh,mv,hgl,nsp,mpl,wl,rsl

------------------------------------------------------ 1686
LOWELL
Other names : none
Official no. : 14655
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight "steam barge"
Build info : 1865, Ira Fafrinier., Cleveland as a package/passenger freighter [Quayle & Co. also given as builder]
Specs : 136x26x11, 344g 255n
Date of loss : 1893, Nov 10
Place of loss : abreast of St. Clair, MI
Lake : St. Clair R.
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : (lumber)
Detail : Caught fire while underway and burned to a total loss.
Registered out of Sandusky to C.T. Wagner.
Rebuilt from a package freighter to a steam barge in about 1880.
Sources: slh,mv,nsp,hgl,lhl,st,mpl

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J.B. LOZEN - See RICHARD BURNS

------------------------------------------------------ 1687
LUCERNE
Other names : none
Official no. : 15914
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast
Build info : 1873, Parsons & H(umble), Tonawanda, NY
Specs : 195 ft., 728g 692n
Date of loss : 1886, Nov 17
Place of loss : off Chequamegon Pt., near Ashland, WI
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 9 [all]
Carrying : iron ore
Detail : Outbound in NE gale, she foundered with all hands in 40 feet of water. Four crewmen were found frozen to her rigging, the others were never found. Tow of propeller RALEIGH. Probably the wreck shown in Great Lakes Pilot as 1 mi, 113 deg, 30' from La Pointe light.
Out of Cleveland, she was an early member of the Corrigan fleet [just purchased].
Sources: mv,glp,nsp,gwgl,sol,lss,wb,hgl,usls,sb,mpl,eas

------------------------------------------------------ 1688
LUCILE or LUCILLE
Other names : built as steamer PICKUP, renamed in 1886
Official no. : 150304
Type at loss : propeller, wood, passenger & package freight
Build info : 1883, C. King, Marine City, MI
Specs : 80x19x7, 137g 107n
Date of loss : 1906, Aug 9 [Aug 18 also given]
Place of loss : 1 mi E of Turtle Isl. light, near Toledo, OH
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : hull failure
Loss of life : none
Carrying : none
Detail : She foundered after springing a leak in good weather. Her crew abandoned in the lifeboats.
Sources: ledc,nsp,mpl,eas

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CHARLES A. LUCK - See OAKWOOD

------------------------------------------------------ 1689
LUCKNOW
Other names : built as WILLIAM H. PRINGLE, renamed INTERNATIONAL in 1885, renamed ONAPING in 1887, last name in 1916
Official no. : C88623
Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood
Build info : 1871, A. Rust & Arnold, S. Saginaw, MI
Specs : 120x22x9, 236gc 174nc
Date of loss : 1935, Dec 5
Place of loss : at Midland, Ont.
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : none
Detail : Destroyed by fire after 64 years of service. May have been purposely burned in lieu of scrapping.
Burned at Port Huron in 1877.
Sold Canadian in 1885, original number US #80176
Sources: vbs,slh,csv,nsp,mmgl,mpl

------------------------------------------------------ 1690
LUCKPORT
Other names : built as propeller ST. MAGNUS, renamed MAGNOLIA in 1898, given this name in 1919.
Official no. : C103690**
Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood
Build info : 1880, A. Robertson, Hamilton Ont, as a passenger vessel
Specs : 126x22, 231 t.+
Date of loss : 1934, Dec
Place of loss : at Midland, Ont., Georgian Bay
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : none
Detail : Destroyed by fire after 54 years of service. Maybe burned instead of scrapping.
When built she was 180x28, 853 t, rebuilt to 136x21, 367t in '98, last dimensions in '18
**originally C77693, renumbered in 1898 after an extensive rebuild following a fire in Sep of 1895. Also rebuilt, '18
Sources: slh,lhdc,csv,mmgl,mpl

------------------------------------------------------ 1691
LUCKY
Other names : ?
Official no. : ?
Type at loss : (construction) scow
Build info : 1931
Specs : 109 t.
Date of loss : 1951, Sep 22*
Place of loss : off Cordwood Pt., just E of Cheboygan, MI
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : stranded
Loss of life : (none)
Carrying : ?
Detail : Grounded and went to pieces.
*year also given as 1957.
Sources: slh,h,eas

------------------------------------------------------ 4079
DUKE LUEDTKE
Other names : buildt as ALPENA, renamed in 1974
Official no. : 216022
Type at loss : propeller tug, steel, diesel
Build info : 1917, Great Lakes Towing, Cleveland, OH
Specs : 70x21x11, 73g 32n
Date of loss : 1993, Sep 21
Place of loss : 13 mi off Avon Pt., OH
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : foundered
Loss of life : 1 [Coast Guardsman]
Carrying : none
Detail : Bound West Harbor, OH for Ashtabula when she sprang a leak for an unknown reason. The Coast Guard responded to her distress call and two of them were below trying to find the leak when she turned turtle and sank in 70 feet of water. Only one of the two was able to escape.
Owned by Luedtke Engineering, Frankfort, MI
Rebuilt and enlarged in 1957 - originally 69x17x11, 65 gt.
Sources: gmw,nsp

------------------------------------------------------ 3354
LULU BEATRICE
Other names : none
Official no. : C97104
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1896, P. Hagglorn, Port Burwell, Ont.
Specs : 72x18x6, 48gc 48nc
Date of loss : 1900, Sep 16
Place of loss : Near harbor entrance at Port Burwell, Ont.
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 1 (captain’s wife)
Carrying : coal
Detail : Bound Conneaut for Port Burwell, she missed piers in gale and drove ashore.
Registry closed Nov 15, 1902
Sources: nsp,mmgl

------------------------------------------------------ 3680
LUMBERMAN
Other names : none
Official no. : 14828
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast
Build info : 1862, H. Litchfield, Blendon's Landing, (Grand Haven), MI as a bark
Specs : 127x24x7, 160g 152n
Date of loss : 1893, Apr 20
Place of loss : just S of Milwaukee, 6 mi off the mouth of Oak Creek
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : light
Detail : Bound Chicago for Kewaunee, WI., she capsized in a squall and sank to her topmasts in 70 feet of water. Crew scambled up the masts as she went down and were rescued by the steamer MENOMINEE after several hours.
The wreck was later flattened as a navigational hazard.
Out of Milwaukee
Wreck located in 1983 in 80 feet of water.
major repairs in 1871, 78 & 79
Sources: wb,mv,hgl,polk,net,mpl,wl

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LUMMIS - See LOOMIS

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LUPUS - See PRINDOC

------------------------------------------------------ 1692
LURLINE
Other names : none
Official no. : C90780
Type at loss : steam yacht and cargo vessel, wood
Build info : 1888, W. Lane, Walkerville, Ont.
Specs : 79x16x8, 66gc 40nc
Date of loss : 1907, Oct 26
Place of loss : at Goderich, Ont.
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : (storm)
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Wrecked while entering the harbor, total loss.
Sources: mmgl,slh,csv

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J.V. LUTTS - See C.B. WALLACE

------------------------------------------------------ 1693
LYCOMING
Other names : none
Official no. : 140416
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight
Build info : 1880, F. Wheeler, W. Bay City as package freighter. hull #7
Specs : 251x36x15, 1610g 1423n
Date of loss : 1910, Oct 21
Place of loss : off Rondeau, Ont.
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : coal
Detail : Upbound with schooner EMMA G. HUTCHINSON in tow, she caught fire and burned to total loss.
Out of Tonawanda, NY.
Rebuilt from package freighter to bulker after a major fire in 1905.
Sources: sbs,ns2,vbs,h,ledc,win,mpl,eas

------------------------------------------------------ 1694
LYDIA
Other names : none
Official no. : 140056
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1874, Rand & Burger, Manitowoc, WI
Specs : 80x20x7, 84g 80n
Date of loss : 1905, Oct 20
Place of loss : S of Muskegon, MI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none of 3
Carrying : ?
Detail : Overwhelmed while riding out a storm, she dragged her anchors and was driven ashore and wrecked, a total loss. Her crew was rescued by Lifesaving Service using a breeches’ buoy.
This was one of several major gales in 1905.
Sources: nsp,gs,sol,mv,mpl,bcha

------------------------------------------------------ 1695
LYDIA
Other names : none
Official no. : 211562
Type at loss : propeller fish tug, wood
Build info : 1913, Menominee
Specs : 47x15x5, 26g 18n
Date of loss : 1932, Nov 25
Place of loss : just off Grand Marais, MI
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 5 [all]
Carrying : fish
Detail : She capsized and sank just off the harbor entrance in violent gale while running for shelter.
Sources: gwgl,lss,lssc,mv

------------------------------------------------------ 1696
MARY ANN LYDON
Other names : none
Official no. : C71162
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast*
Build info : 1874, W. Yewell at Pontine shipyard, Port Burwell, Ont.
Specs : 121x26x10, 245gc 245nc
Date of loss : 1912, Oct 14
Place of loss : south shore
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Driven ashore and destroyed.
*Some sources say 3-mast, but 2 is official.
Major repair in 1884
Sources: mmgl,ns2,osdo

------------------------------------------------------ 1697
JOHN B. LYON
Other names : none
Official no. : 76199
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight
Build info : 1881, T. Quayle & Sons, Cleveland
Specs : 256x39x20, 1710g, 1330n
Date of loss : 1900, Sep 11
Place of loss : off North Girard, PA
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 11 of 16
Carrying : iron ore
Detail : Challenged the storm [actually a dying hurricane which had flattened Galveston, Texas], even though nearly all other traffic had left the lakes. She was overwhemed, torn apart and sunk.
Damaged in collisions at both Chicago and Buffalo in 1881. Involved in other damaging collisions in 1882, 1884, 1891.
Member of Gilchrist Fleet
Sources: sol,ns1,h,ledc,hs,hgl,mpl

------------------------------------------------------ 1698
NELLIE LYON
Other names : built as unrigged lumber barge H.C. SPRAGUE, named RELIANCE in '06, given this name in '10
Official no. : C126229
Type at loss : sandsucker barge, wood, former steamer
Build info : 1880, Bailey Bros., S. Rockwood, MI US#42652
Specs : 146x30x9, 384gc
Date of loss : 1911, Apr 9
Place of loss : at Algonac, MI
Lake : St Clair R
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Burned to a total loss.
Based in Duluth
Sold Canadian in 1910 after capsizing in the St. Clair R. in Dec. 1909.
Converted to a schooner-barge in 1892, converted to a propeller in 1906, converted to a sandsucker barge in 1910
Sources: mv,ns2,mmgl,mpl

------------------------------------------------------ 1699
DANIEL LYONS
Other names : none
Official no. : 6780
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1873, G. Goble, Oswego, NY
Specs : 137x25x11, 318 t.
Date of loss : 1878, Oct
Place of loss : 5 mi off Wolf River [Foscoro], WI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : none
Carrying : wheat
Detail : Collided with the schooner KATE GILLETT (see HORACE H. BADGER) and sank in 15 minutes. The two collided at night in heavy seas. Eight crew were rescued by GILLETT. LYONS sank in 18 fathoms of water. Bound Chicago for Black Rock, NY
Owned by Lyons & Goble of Oswego, NY
Sources: osdo,sol,nsp,tel,hgl,mpl,bb

------------------------------------------------------ 1700
KATE LYONS
Other names : none
Official no. : 14063
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast, lumber
Build info : 1867, W. Jones, Black R., OH
Specs : 122x26x8, 201g 191n
Date of loss : 1905, Oct 20
Place of loss : near Holland, MI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none of 4
Carrying : ?(lumber)
Detail : Stranded on a bar after missing the piers, then broken up by waves.
Sources: nsp,eas,gs,slh,ns1,h,lmdc,mv,mpl

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W.S. LYONS
Other names : none
Official no. : 26236
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1866, Black River, OH
Specs : 136 ft., 258n
Date of loss : 1871, Oct 11
Place of loss : White Shoals, near Waugoschance Pt.
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : iron ore
Detail : She piled onto the reef and wrecked, a total loss. The wrecking tug MAGNET tried for weeks to salvage her, but was only able to remove her masts and some gear before she broke up in November. Homeport: Black River, OH.
Also sunk near Bar Pt., L. Erie, in 1869
Sources: slh,mv,hgl,nsp,ssm

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LYRIC
Other names : none
Official no. : 140903
Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood
Build info : 1887, Buffalo
Specs : 34x7x4, 12g 10n
Date of loss : 1898, Aug 25
Place of loss : Duluth harbor
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : 1
Carrying : none
Detail : She was rammed amidships by the much larger tug GEO. EMERSON and sank.
Owned by Witt Towing of Duluth
Sources: gwgl,mv,lss


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