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U C 97
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : submarine, steel, mine-laying
Build info : 1918, Blohm und Voss, Hamburg, Ger.
Specs : 184x19x12[draft], displacement [not tonnage]: 491 t. [surfaced], 571 t. [submerged]
Date of loss : 1921, Jun 7
Place of loss : offshore from Highland Park, IL
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : gunfire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : none
Detail : German submarine was a WWI prize and display ship which toured the Lakes in a post-war bond drive [1919-20]. After her usefulness was ended, and in line with naval treaty, she was sunk in gunnery practice from the gunboat U.S.S. WILMETTE (former EASTLAND, qv).
She had been launched but was not commissioned into the
Kreigsmarine before the end of hostilities and was turned over to the allies.
Divers have been looking for her for several years.
Official U.S. Navy history of the boat.
Sources: is,janes,lmdc,anfs,mpl

------------------------------------------------------ 3035
U.S. 240
Other names : none
Official no. : 167523
Type at loss : barge, steel, bulk freight
Build info : 1919, Foundation Const. Co., Erie, PA
Specs : 294g 263n
Date of loss : 1923, Sep 13
Place of loss : off Port Colborne, Ont., near Windmill Pt.
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : (storm)
Loss of life : 3
Carrying : sulphur
Detail : Foundered enroute from Cleveland to New York City.
Laid down for U.S. Shipping Board [WWI].
Out of Buffalo
Sources: eas,mv,rkr,ledc

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U.S.C.E. TUG No. 84 - See WILLIAM M. HATCH

------------------------------------------------------ 4148
UARDA
Other names : none
Official no. : 25243
Type at loss : propeller, iron, passenger & freight
Build info : 1881, D. Bell, Buffalo as a yacht
Specs : 93x12x8, 93g
Date of loss : 1912, Jun 4
Place of loss : Ripley, Mich [near Hancock]
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : fire [arson?]
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ? [probably empty - she was undergoing repairs]
Detail : This small steamer was discovered to be afire late one evening while tied to Seager's wood dock at Ripley. Her skipper/owner believed the fire was purposly set. She burned to a shell. The hull was later removed to West Hancock, where she was sunk by ice early the following spring. She still lies there, in 20 feet of water, where she was discovered by divers in 1970.
Out of Hancock, owned by Scott & Werner.
Sources: bb,mv

------------------------------------------------------ 3036
UGANDA
Other names : none
Official no. : 25289
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight
Build info : 1892, F. Wheeler, W. Bay City hull# 88
Specs : 291x41x20, 2053g 1709n
Date of loss : 1913, Apr 19
Place of loss : 4 mi E of White Shoals, Western Straits
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : ice
Loss of life : none
Carrying : corn
Detail : Bound Milwaukee for Buffalo, struck pack ice and cut her hull. Despite frantic effort by the crew to save her she finally sank. Crew of 22 saved by steamer DONALDSON.
Sources: ssm,eas,mv,vbs,slh,sbs,sol,ns2,h,lmdc,mpl

------------------------------------------------------ 3037
UNADILLA
Other names : none
Official no. : 25021
Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood, 2-mast, lumber
Build info : 1862, Lafrinier or Peck & Masters, Cleveland as a 3-mast schooner
Specs : 154x31x13, 396g 376n
Date of loss : 1913, Dec 2
Place of loss : at Cleveland
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Driven on breakwater and constructive total loss. Hulk was out of the water, left in place until destroyed by fire Nov 15, 1915. 51 years old!
Ashore on Gull Isl, L. Michigan and declared a total loss, Sep 1893. Also reported broken by storm in the Straits, Nov 20, 1886.
Rebuilt 1879, major repair 1881,86,94
Sources: eas,mv,ns2,nsp,mpl

------------------------------------------------------ 3038
UNCLE SAM
Other names : none
Official no. : 25131
Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood
Build info : 1863, A. Abernethy, Buffalo
Specs : 59x15x5, 24 gt
Date of loss : 1882, spring
Place of loss : Straits of Mackinac
Lake : Hur/Mich
Type of loss : ice
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : none
Detail : Crushed by ice and sank. Document surrendered in 1884.
Rebuilt at E. Saginaw, 1874
Rebuilt in 1880 after a fire at E. Saginaw
Sources: phr,hgl,lhl,ssm,slh,sbs,nsp

------------------------------------------------------ 3039
UNCLE SAM
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1833, Treat, Grosse Ile, MI as a sidewheeler
Specs : 107x23x7, (170 t.)
Date of loss : unreported
Place of loss : Kelley's Isl.
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : sank
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : No detail.
Rebuilt sidewheeler to bark, 1844.
Sources: hgl,lhl,ledc,wl

------------------------------------------------------ 3407
UNDINE
Other names : none
Official no. : C71158
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1868, D. Lavallee, Hamilton, Ont
Specs : 108x23x12, 217gc 196nc
Date of loss : 1890, Nov 1
Place of loss : 20 mi W of Charlotte NY
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : coal
Detail : Bound Sodus, NY for Hamilton. Caught by gale while hugging the south shore. She struck bottom and was holed. Water quickly overwhelmed her pumps and she sank, while her crew abandoned in her yawl.
Owned out of Hamilton by her skipper, Capt. Ure.
She had iron knees and was wire-rigged.
Major repair in 1883
Sources: nsp,polk,hgl,mmgl

------------------------------------------------------ 3545
UNION
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : sidewheel steamer, wood
Build info : 1855, J. P. Arnold, Port Union (Port Huron?), MI
Specs : 92x18x8, 116 t. om
Date of loss : 1865, Dec 30
Place of loss : at Detroit
Lake : Detroit R
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Burned to total loss.
Sources: lhl,wl,nsp,eas

------------------------------------------------------ 3041
UNION
Other names : none
Official no. : 25083
Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood
Build info : 1863, Lockport, NY
Specs : 75x16x6, 36gt
Date of loss : 1870, Nov 14
Place of loss : Saginaw Bay off Pte Au Gres
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : none
Detail : She was loitering in the bay, waiting for a tow ,when she caught fire and burned to a total loss. The crew, which had been at dinner at the time, launched her boat quickly and got away just before she sank.
Rebuilt in the winter of 1865-6. Owned by B. Boutelle & Co., Saginaw.
Heavily damaged in a boiler explosion at Muskegon in 1866, and had another boiler explosion on Lake Huron in September of the same year.
Sources: phr,hgl,eas,slh,lhl,nsp

------------------------------------------------------ 3042
UNION
Other names : none
Official no. : 25048
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight
Build info : 1861, S. Bates, Manitowoc, WI
Specs : 163x26x12, 553g 434n
Date of loss : 1873, Sep 25
Place of loss : Au Sable Point
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : iron ore
Detail : Blown into shallows near point by westerly gale. Later pounded to pieces. Out of Green Bay.
Engine recovered in 1874, boiler recovered in 1875.
At the time of her loss there were 16 lakes vessels with this name, causing some confusion.
Most of her machinery, as well as her first skipper, came from the Goodrich steamer OGONTZ.
Sources: lhl,mv,nsp,gwgl,ms,lss,rsh,nsp,rsl

------------------------------------------------------ 3040
UNION
Other names : none
Official no. : C none
Type at loss : sidewheeler, wood, passenger & package freight
Build info : 1857, Knight & Hunter, Windsor*
Specs : 163x33x10, 1190 t.
Date of loss : 187
6, Jun 16**
Place of loss : at Port Huron, MI
Lake : St Clair R
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Burned to total loss.
*also given as 1856, Jenking, Walkerville
**also given as 1867, 1875 and 1877. She may have had another fire at Port Huron in the summer of 1875.
Sources: csv,mmgl,clu,slh,is,st,es

------------------------------------------------------ 3627
UNION
Other names : none
Official no. : 60064
Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood
Build info : 1877, W. Bay City
Specs : 33x8x3, 5g
Date of loss : 1883?
Place of loss : unreported
Lake : unreported
Type of loss : unreported
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : No detail. Enrollment surrendered at Port Huron Dec 15, 1883, annotated "wrecked," shown in 1884 Merchant Vessels as "lost or otherwise out of service."
Sources: phr,vbs

------------------------------------------------------ 3043
UNION
Other names : none
Official no. : C
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1873, J. Glover, Port Ryerse, Ont.
Specs : 71x18x7, 72 t.
Date of loss : 1886, Sep 18
Place of loss : near Rondeau, Ont.
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : lumber
Detail : Bound Tyrconnel for Detroit, dismasted and thrown ashore the 17th, pounded to pieces the next day.
Out of Port Dover, owned by Charles Aid, et.al.
Sources: polk,nsp,mmgl,win,clu,ledc

------------------------------------------------------ 3845
UNION
Other names : built as WATERTOWN [replaced an earlier vessel of the same name, see below] Last name in 1888
Official no. : C92654
Type at loss : propeller, wood
Build info : 1866, F. Jenkins, Kingston, ONt.*
Specs : 132x24x7, 267gc 163nc
Date of loss : 1902
Place of loss : Niagara R. at Fort Erie
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : hull failure
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Sunk.
Out of St. Catharines
*Mills list says she was built in 1864, and rebuilt in ‘66, so may BE the vessel WATERTOWN, below.
Sources: mmgl,csv,ns1

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UNION JACK
Other names :
Official no. : C?
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1867, Norman, Mill Pt., Ont.
Specs : 227 t.
Date of loss : 1875, Sep 10
Place of loss : 5 mi ESE from Bar Pt. lightship
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Cargo : corn
Detail : Bound Toledo for the Welland Canal and Belleville, Ont., in heavy weather, she sprang a leak and went down off Bar Point, despite a great effort on the part of her crew to save her. They escaped in her small boat just before she went down. The large schooner MICHIGAN narrowly avoided striking her emergent mast-tips on about Oct 7
Owned by Thompson & Co. Belleville, Ont.
Sources: nsp,wl,hgl,es not in mmgl

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UNITED EMPIRE - See SARONIC

------------------------------------------------------ 3044
UNITED KINGDOM
Other names : built as ALCIOPE, renamed in 1832
Official no. : C none
Type at loss : sidewheel steamer, wood, passenger & package freight*
Build info : 1828, Niagara, Ont.
Specs : (140x28)
Date of loss : 1835, Nov
Place of loss : near Oswego, NY
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : wrecked
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Reported wrecked. One of first vessels lost in this area.
*may have been converted to a schooner just before her loss.
Rebuilt, 1832
Sources: csv,(lhl),mmgl

------------------------------------------------------ 3546
UNITED STATES
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : sidewheel steamer, wood
Build info : 1835, Huron, OH
Specs : 140x28x10, 366 t.
Date of loss : 1849, Mar 7
Place of loss : at Buffalo
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : Destroyed by fire. Total loss.
Hgl says she was "broken up at Buffalo"
Stranded and damaged east of Erie, PA. when she ran up on the rocks in a fog. in June, 1836.
Sources: lhl,hgl,nsp,wl,eas

------------------------------------------------------ 3045
UNITED STATES
Other names : rebuilt to bulk freighter BATISCAN
Official no. : 206330
Type at loss : propeller, steel, passenger & package freight
Build info : 1909, Manitowoc Ship Building & Dry Dock, Manitowoc, WI
Specs : 193x41x16, 1374g 811n
Date of loss : 1927, Jun 6
Place of loss : Sarnia, Ont.
Lake : St Clair R
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : none
Detail : Burned to a shell at her dock. Salvaged by Reid Towing and Wrecking and rebuilt as shown below.
Built as excursion steamer, then a large yacht, then this vessel.
Sold Canadian as a hulk and rebuilt as the odd-looking engine-forward bulk freighter BATISCAN [C#154467], which served until scrapped in 1944 or 5. BATISCAN came out in 1930.
Loss date also given as Dec 8, '27 and Mar 5, '28.
Sources: mv,ns4,csv,eas,slh,sol,h,win

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URANUS - See W.C. FRANZ

------------------------------------------------------ 3930
UTICA
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1834, Oswego, NY
Specs : 72x20x8, 104 t. om
Date of loss : 1837, Oct 2
5
Place of loss : 10 mi NW of Presque Isle, MI
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none [in addition to her crew, she was carrying five passengers]
Carrying : light
Detail : Bound Green Bay for Cleveland, she encountered a heavy snow squall after passing the Straits. She was thrown on her beam ends and driven ashore, where she went to pieces in a few hours.
Her people camped on the beach under a piece of sail in frigid weather for forty-eight hours until rescued. Her skipper was a highly respected captain of over 30 years’ experience on salt & fresh water.
Owned by C.M. Giddings of Cleveland.
Sources: nsp,wl

------------------------------------------------------ 3846
UTICA
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : bark, wood, 3-mast
Build info : 1846, J. Averill, Milwaukee
Specs : 131x26x11, 334 t.
Date of loss : 1854, Nov
Place of loss : Erie basin of Buffalo harbor
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : barrelled beef
Detail : Struck a bar while entering the harbor in heavy seas but light wind. Driven into the shallows, bilged and broke in two. Pounded to pieces by the 25th.
Owned by J. Leavenworth of Chicago.
Sources: nsp,hgl,wl

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UTICA
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : sidewheel steamer, wood, passenger and tug [riverine]
Build info : 1849, Sacket's Harbor, NY
Specs : (59 t.)
Date of loss : 1850, Apr [17]
Place of loss : near Port Ontario, NY
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : navigational error
Loss of life : none
Carrying : none
Detail : Bound Sacket's harbor for Rochester, NY, she was beset by "boisterous weather." Her skipper mistook the lights at Port Ontario for those at Oswego and tried to put in, striking the pier and going ashore. The new vessel, which had just been purchased for use on the Genesee River and Rochester harbor, was never recovered.
Sources: rp,lhl,bc


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