Great Lakes Shipwrecks V

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WALTER VAIL - See HERMAN H. HETTLER

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VALENTINE
Other names : none?
Official no. : 25732
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast
Build info : 1867, White, Conneaut, OH
Specs : 270 t.
Date of loss : 1877, Oct 10
Place of loss : off Fairport, OH
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : coal
Detail : Bound Ashtabula for Detroit with 485 t. coal. Waterlogged and abandoned in storm. As late as Nov 23, she was still making herself a hazard to navigation.
Also wrecked on Port Austin reef in 1873.
Owned out of Conneaut.
Sources: mv,slh,hgl,nsp

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VALETTA
Other names : none
Official no. : C ?
Type at loss : bark, wood, 3-mast*
Build info : 1864, L. Shickluna, St. Catharines
Specs : 407 t.
Date of loss : 1871, Oct 8
Place of loss : Chicago, inner harbor
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : Burned to the waterline and sunk during the great Chicago Fire.
Owned by P. Larkin of St. Catharines, Ont.
*May have been a schooner at the time of her loss.
Sources: nsp,hgl,is,clu,mpl,rsl not in mmgl

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A. C. VAN RAALTE
Other names : also seen as just VAN RAALTE
Official # : none
Type at loss : scow-schooner, wood
Build info : 1850, Marine City, Mich
Specs : 44x12x4, 50 t.
Date of loss : 1860, a few days before Mar 23
Place of loss : East Bay of Grand Traverse Bay
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : ice
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : Crushed by the Spring breakup of ice in the bay. "Total loss except the rigging." Capt. O Evans.
Probably out of Chicago
Sources : nsp,’54 tonnage list,is(4-99)

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VAN STRAUBENZIE- See SIR C.T. VAN STRAUBENZIE

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D.A. VAN VALKENBURG
Other names : none
Official no. : 6318
Type at loss : bark, wood, 3-mast
Build info : 1866, Albert Little, Tonawanda, NY*
Specs : 539 t.
Date of loss : 1881, Sep 15
Place of loss : in Whitefish Bay, WI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 8
Carrying : corn
Detail : Stranded in a gale and pounded to pieces.
*Also given as Toledo
Sources: usls,mv,wl,nsp

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LUCINDA VAN VALKENBURG
Other names : none
Official no. : 14614
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1862, Albert Little, Tonawanda, NY
Specs : 129 ft, 302g 286n
Date of loss : 1887, Jun 1
Place of loss : near Thunder Bay Island light, MI
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : none
Carrying : coal
Detail : Collided with the iron steamer LEHIGH in fog & storm and sank. Bound for Chicago with coal.
Out of Chicago, owned by Thos. Hood.
Major repairs in 1880 & 82
Sources: mv,stb,eas,polk,nsp,slh,lhdc,wb,hgl,sb,rsl

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GEORGE H. VAN VLECK
Other names : built as PORTAGE, renamed in 1910
Official no. : 150042
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight
Build info : 1875, Union Dry Dock, Buffalo hull# 15 as a package freighter
Specs : 238x35x13, 1020g 940n
Date of loss : 1918, Dec 4
Place of loss : Detroit R
Lake : Detroit R
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : Blown off her moorings and into the channel, then driven aground by strong current. Wrecked and later abandoned.
Also burned at Duluth, 8/3/14 (eas & lss). Wrecked in 1903, 1907 & July, 1914 also.
Rebuilt to bulker in 1907
Sources: mv,ns2,eas,lss,mpl

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WILLIAM VANATTA
Other names : none also seen as VENNETTA, VENETTA
Official no. : 26164
Type at loss : barge or schooner-barge, wood
Build info : 18
62, Hayes, Erie, PA
Specs : 119x25x8, 159 t.
Date of loss : 1886, Apr 1
Place of loss : Point Pelee
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : lumber
Detail : Tow of the prop BURLINGTON and bound from Detroit [where she had lain all winter with her cargo from Saginaw] for Cleveland, she broke loose in a gale. She drove ashore and went to pieces. Her crew was rescued by Canadian fishermen. Her anchor and chains were removed by the Canadian tug PILOT a few weeks later. Her owner later sued the skipper of the BURLINGTON, stating that the prop had not followed the safer south passage on Lake Erie, as promised, but had instead taken the more dangerous Pelee Passage.
Reg. out of E. Saginaw, owned by her skipper, Capt. Chas. Ford.
Converted from a schooner to an unrigged barge in 1876
Sources: win,phr,h,mv,es,wl,rsl,nsp

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FRANK L. VANCE
Other names : none
Official no. : 120697
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight
Build info : 1887, W. Radcliffe, Cleveland, OH
Specs : 258x40x24, 1952g 1642n
Date of loss : 1910, Oct 4
Place of loss : 25 mi SW of Ludington, MI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : coal
Detail : Caught fire offshore and destroyed. Crew rescued without casualty by steamer MAGGIE MARSHALL.
Sources: mv,ns2,eas,mpl

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VANDALIA
Other names : some sources say she was named MILWAUKEE after 1846
Official no. : none
Type at loss : propeller, wood, passenger & package freight
Build info : 1841, (Bronson & Crocker?), Oswego, NY (perhaps as a sail vessel)
Specs : 127x20x8, 248 t. om
Date of loss : 1851, Oct 27
Place of loss : near Pt. Pelee
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : none
Cargo : general merchandise
Detail : She collided with the schooner FASHION and sank.
She was the first propeller-driven vessel on the Great Lakes.
Rebuilt, 1846. Sold Canadian in 1850.
Sources: wl,is(1-88),hgl,lhl,rp,do2

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VANDERBILT
Other names : none also seen as VANDERBUILT
Official no. : C
Type at loss : propeller, wood, steambarge with some passenger accommodations*
Build info : 1873, J. Simpson, Chatham, Ont.
Specs : 92x22 ft., 188 gc, 107 nc
Date of loss : 1882, Jun 10
Place of loss : near Serpent Isl., Meldrum Bay, N Channel
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none of 30
Carrying : ?
Detail : Discovered ablaze, beached and burned to a total loss while bound Midalnd, Ont. to Mamainse, lake Superior.
Out of Chatham, owned by Appleton & Co.
Not lost on Thunder Bay, MI as sometimes stated
*one source calls her a schooner-barge. Her oscillating engine and boiler came from the prop ADELAIDE HORTON, lost at Kincardine in 1871.
Sources: polk,csv,mmgl,clu,slh,win,rp,es,rb

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WILLIAM H. VANDERBILT
Other names : none often seen as W. H. VANDERBILT
Official no. : 26842
Type at loss : bark, wood, 3-mast
Build info : 1867, S. Tripp, Bay City
Specs : 169x35x12, 520n
Date of loss : 1883, Sep 24
Place of loss : E side of Long Point
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none of 10
Carrying : iron ore
Detail : Bound Escanaba for Buffalo, she was driven into shallows and wrecked, later pushed off into deep water. Long Pt. Canadian Lifesaving Service rescued crew from rigging. Wrecking schooner LOUISE removed much of her cargo in 1887. Reg. out of Buffalo, owned by S.L. Watson.
Rebuilt, 1871
Sources: vbs,polk,phr,nsp,h,ledc,eas,win,hgl,es

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VARADA
Other names : ?
Official no. : ?
Type at loss : steamer
Build info : ?
Specs : ?
Date of loss : 1915
Place of loss : Mineral Rock
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Burned and sunk, no detail.
Sources: gwgl not in mmgl

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VEGA
Other names : none
Official no. : 161706
Type at loss : propeller, steel, bulk freight
Build info : 1893, Globe Iron Works, Cleveland, OH hull# 52
Specs : 301X39x25, 2144g 1735n
Date of loss : 1905, Nov 29
Place of loss : Fox Islands
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none of 19
Carrying : iron ore
Detail : Bound for Gary, Ind., caught in the "Big Blow" of 1905 and hurled onto the rocks of South (North?) Fox Island, where she broke in two and was pounded to pieces.
Owner: Gilchrist Transportation Co.
Sources: mv,ns1,eas,mol,lmdc,nsp,mpl

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VEGA
Other names : built as ST. PAUL, renamed A.J. COVILL in 1881, last name in 1886
Official no. : 22418
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast, lumber
Build info : 1856, Lent, Erie, PA
Specs : 118x26x9, 200g 190n
Date of loss : 1905, Oct 20
Place of loss : at Ludington, MI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : cordwood and slabs
Detail : Bound Cecil Bay for Milwaukee, thrown against pier and wrecked in the greatest storm of this decade. Ludington Lifesaving Service saved her crew.
Sources: ns1,mv,nsp,eas,h,mpl

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VELOCIPEDE
Other names : none
Official no. : 25848
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1869, J. Dickie, Menominee, MI as a sloop
Specs : 40x11x4, 10 t.
Date of loss : 1877, Apr 27
Place of loss : off Racine, WI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 2 [all]
Carrying : light
Detail : Left Racine, WI for Muskegon in fair weather, but a severe squall blew up shortly after, and it developed into a big storm. After the sytorm had blown out, the shattered remains of this vessel were found 8 miles off Racine. No trace of her crew was ever found. She probably carried no lifeboat.
Rebuilt in 1876
Sources: usls,hgl,bb

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VELOCITY - See W.A. GLOVER

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VENICE
Other names : (none)
Official no. : (25556)
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : (1869 or earlier, maybe built at Rochester by Bagnall, as 253 t. brig in 1847)
Specs : (217 t.)
Date of loss : 1879, Aug 16
Place of loss : Off Pelee Island Lighthouse
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : stranded
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Stranded and wrecked. Reported "high and dry" by a passing skipper, who also reported 98 other vessel sheltering in the vicinity.
Out of Toledo
Recovered. Vessel shown appears as schooner in '69 mvus and barge in '84 mvus
Sources: (mv),win,h,es,rsl

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VENUS
Other names : none
Official no. : 61088
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1872, MacLeod, New Jerusalem, OH
Specs : 123 ft., 233g 221n
Date of loss : 1887, Oct 3
Place of loss : near mouth of Black R., S of Thunder Bay, MI
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 7 [all]
Carrying : grindstones
Detail : Foundered in gale with all hands. Owned out of Caseville by A.G. Stone.
Official no. is that of unrigged barge
Major repair in 1880 after stranding on Lake Michigan near North Manitou Island.
Sources: mv,eas,nsp,polk,slh,stb,h,lhdc,wb,hgl,usls

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VERANO
Other names : built as IDLER, renamed PAUL REESE II in 1933, VERANO in 1935
Official no. : 224830
Type at loss : gas screw yacht and sometime cargo carrier
Build info : 1925, Consolidated Shipbuilding, Morris Heights, NY
Specs : 102 t.
Date of loss : 1946, Aug 28
Place of loss : 8 mi N of S. Haven about a mile offshore
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : (storm)
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Foundered.
Wreck located by divers near Glen in Aug 1994.
Sources: eas,h,mpl

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VERBENA MAY
Other names : also seen as MAY VERBENA
Official no. : C94913
Type at loss : propeller, wood
Build info : 1888, J. Trimble, Saugeen, Ont.
Specs : 38x12x5, 16gc 11nc
Date of loss : 1896, Aug
Place of loss : near Stokes Bay, west shore of Bruce Pen.
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : (storm)
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : "Wrecked."
Reg closed 1897. Later reported dismantled in 1937, her engine having gone into a sawmill.
Sources: mmgl,slh,hgl,mpl

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VERMILLION or VERMILION
Other names : later NEW ORLEANS(?)
Official no. : none
Type at loss : sidewheel steamer, wood
Build info : 1838, B.S. Goodsell, Vermilion, OH
Specs : 132x26x11, 385 t.
Date of loss : 1842, Nov 8
Place of loss : at Huron, OH
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : 5 at least, but probably more, as a number of passengers were apparently trapped belowdecks..
Carrying : barreled flour, fish and potash
Detail : Bound Detroit for Buffalo, she had put in at Huron and caught fire when two men were carrying a large tin of turpentine and spilled its contents on the deck above the boiler. The boat quickly turned in toan inferno. Her hawsers were burnt away a short time later and she drifted away from the dock. She burned to the waterline, but most of her crew and passengers either made it to the dock or were saved by the steamer CHICAGO. The fire which destroyed the steamer ERIE the previous year was also caused by a container of turpentine.
She may have been recovered and part of her hull used in the steamer NEW ORLEANS.
Owned by Gelston & Evans [Northern Transportation Co.] of Buffalo.
Also reported burned at Detroit in Nov, 1842, with the loss of 5 lives.
Sources: eas,slh,is,lhl,hgl,nsp,wl

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VERMONT
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1842, St. Clair, MI
Specs : 100 t.
Date of loss : 1855, Dec 9*
Place of loss : near Grand Haven, MI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : lumber camp supplies and 100 bags of oats
Detail : Bound Chicago for Grand Haven in company with the schooner TELEGRAPH. The latter made it into port, but the wind changed as VERMONT was coming in and drove her ashore. Reported pounded to pieces, but she was also reported in the press to have been raised in 1859.
*year also given as 1863, in error (see VERMONT below).
Sources: hgl,is,nsp

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VERMONT
Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : propeller, wood, passenger & package freight
Build info : 1851, Ohio City, OH
Specs : 136x22x9, 257 t.
Date of loss : 1863, Nov 1
Place of loss : just east of Long Point
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : She was sunk in a collision with the downbound propeller Marquette. Very little information is available on the loss of this significant-sized steamer.
Burned at Grand River, on the Ontario side of L. Erie, Oct 26, 1852, with $22,000 damage.
Rebuilt at St. Catharines, Ont, in 1853, by A.D. Keating.
Sources: lhl,hgl,wl,nsp

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VERNON
Other names : none
Official no. : 161557
Type at loss : propeller, wood, passenger & package freight
Build info : 1886, J.P. Smith, Chicago
Specs : 158x25x18, 560 t.
Date of loss : 1887, Oct 25
Place of loss : 6 mi NE of Two Rivers Point
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 36-41 with only one survivor
Carrying : gen freight
Detail : She foundered in a gale. The sole survivor was picked up on a small raft 2 days later. Most casualties died of exposure. Bound Mackinac Isl. & upper L. Mich ports for Chicago. Most contemporary reports of the number of casualties say about 50 were lost, but later reports revised the number downward.
She had stopped at many small ports in Michigan on her way to Chicago from Cheboygan, Mich., so many of those who had embarked at those points were unknown.
There were accusations at the time that she was overloaded, causing her cargo doors to be left open. These were confirmed in 1969 when the vessel was found.
When she came out, marine men said she was unstable, because of her narrow beam and high upperworks.
Sources: eas,nsp,is(3-58)sol,lmdc,h,wb,hgl,usls,mpl,bb,
es3-1

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VERNON
Other names : ?
Official no. : ?
Type at loss : fishing tug, propeller
Build info : ?
Specs : 13 t.
Date of loss : 1950, Aug 5
Place of loss : off Grand Marais, MI
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : none
Carrying : none
Detail : Rammed and sunk in dense fog by freighter HARRY COLBY. COLBY picked up her crew.
Sources: gwgl,lssc

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VERONA
Other names : none
Official no. : 25874
Type at loss : schooner or sloop, wood
Build info : 1873, Quayle & Martin, Cleveland
Specs : 190x34x15, 728g 692n
Date of loss : 1904, Sep 3 (Sep 12 also given)
Place of loss : at Toledo, OH
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : none
Detail : Burned to total loss at Mitchell & Rowland lumber yard. In spring of the same year she had been lifted bodily onto the yard property by a seiche. She was in the process of being refloated when a fire in the yard destroyed both the VERONA and the yard.
Sources: polk,mv,atl,mpl

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VERONICA - See MURIEL W

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VESTA
Other names :
Official no. : C
Type at loss : schooner-barge, wood
Build info : 1873,
Specs : 135 ft, 260 t.
Date of loss : 1905, Oct 17
Place of loss : St. Michael's Bay, Manitoulin Isl.
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : lumber
Detail : Tow of steamer JUNO, was sheltering from a gale when she caught fire and burned to a total loss.
Owned by W. Pulling of Windsor, Ont.
Maybe EUGENIA VESTA
Sources: nsp

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VIATOR
Other names :
Official no. : "L.F.G.H."
Type at loss : propeller, steel, package freight
Build info : 1904, Bodo, Norway
Specs : 241 ft, 619 t.
Date of loss : 1935, Oct 31
Place of loss : off Thunder Bay Island, MI
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : none
Carrying : pickled herring and other fish products
Detail : Collided in fog with steamer ORMIDALE and sank.
Norwegian registry.
Sources: stb,win,slh,h,lhdc

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MARIE VICTOIRE
Other names : ?
Official no. : ?
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : ?
Specs : ?
Date of loss : 1887, Oct
Place of loss : Saginaw Bay
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Lost in a squall.
Sources: slh, not in mmgl, polk or '84 mv

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VICTOR - See also SUNBEAM

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VICTOR
Other names : *
Official no. : C
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1867, W.Andrews, Port Dalhousie, Ont.
Specs : 320 t.
Date of loss : 1889, May 30
Place of loss : S of Sand Beach, MI or W of 40-mi Pt.,Straits
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : coal
Detail : Tow of steamer C.W. CHAMBERLAIN, broke loose in gale and went ashore. Split in two lengthwise and total loss.
Had a very similar accident in October, 1887.
USWB and Seaboard List gives date as May 30, 1888.
*may have been built as VICTORIA
Major repairs in 1877 and 82
Sources: mmgl,eas,clu,nsp,slh,h,lhdc,is,wb,hgl

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VICTORIA
Other names : none
Official no. : C none
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1862, W. Chisholm, Oakville, Ont.
Specs : 125x24x10, 238 t.
Date of loss : 1871, Oct 9
Place of loss : Ford’s Shoal, near Oswego, NY
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : Bound Detroit for Oswego, stranded in a gale and pounded to pieces.
May have been US# 25762, 207 t. schooner out of Oswego that was involved in this accident. Infomation above is from Canadian National Archives.
Sources: hgl,nsp,mmgl

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VICTORIA
Other names : none
Official no. : C71235
Type at loss : sternwheeler, wood, excursion steamer*
Build info : 1880, L. Rodgers & T. Wastie, London, Ont.
Specs : 64x23x4, 44g 28n (80 ft oa)
Date of loss : 1881, May 24
Place of loss : London, Ont., Thames R.
Lake : Thames R
Type of loss : capsized
Loss of life : 181 of 600
Carrying : passengers
Detail : Overloaded excursion vessel capsized when a mass of passengers moved to one side of her to view a shell race. She listed and rolled over, killing many. She was reportedly rated for only 200 passengers.
Ferrying passengers to a park for Queen Victoria’s birthday.
Built on hull of riverboat ENTERPRISE
*several sources show her as a propeller.
Sources: mmgl,hgl,is(4-59),csv,rp

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VICTORIA
Other names : built as steamer SCOTIA
Official no. : C61161
Type at loss : propeller, wood, "steam barge"
Build info : 1870, Detroit
Specs : 78x22, 88t.
Date of loss : 1884
Place of loss : Kettle Point, NE of Sarnia
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : ?
Detail : Stranded and wrecked.
Out of Sarnia, owned by Jex.
Sold Canadian, 1873.
Sources: csv,hgl,mmgl,slh

------------------------------------------------------ 3072
VICTORIA
Other names : ?
Official no. : C ?
Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood
Build info : 18??, Canada (1891, W. Oelshlager, Port Elgin, Ont.)
Specs : 3 t. (31x7x3, 3gc 2nc)
Date of loss : 1896,
Place of loss : Georgian Bay
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : unreported
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : none
Detail : No detail.
(out of Saugeen, Ont.)
(registry closed in 1916, no reason given)
Sources: hgl,slh,(mv),(mmgl) not in clu,

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VIENNA
Other names : none
Official no. : 25875
Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight
Build info : 1873, Quayle & Martin, Cleveland
Specs : 191x34x14, 1006g 829n
Date of loss : 1892, Sep 16
Place of loss : Whitefish Bay
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : none
Carrying : iron ore
Detail : Towing barge MATTIE C. BELL(qv) in fog. Rammed broadside by wooden propeller NIPIGON and went to bottom quickly with huge hole in her side. NIPIGON tried to take her in tow.
Octagonal pilothouse
Built for Cleveland Navigation Co. registered out of Cleve.
Wreck located in 1974.
Sources: mv,hgl,is(2-69),lssc,gwgl,lss,wb,mpl

------------------------------------------------------ 3075
VIENNA
Other names : none
Official no. : C90558
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1871, L. McDermont, Port Burwell (also given as Geo. Suffel)
Specs : 102x24x9, 135gc 135nc
Date of loss : 1906, Oct 27
Place of loss : NNE of Thunder Bay Isl., MI
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : light
Detail : Foundered in gale. Crew picked up at height of storm by steel steamer SIR THOMAS SHAUGHNESSY just before she sank. Bound for Spanish R., Georgian Bay.
Out of Bowmanville, Ont.
Also wrecked at "Manitou Beach," 1893.
Sources: mmgl,stb,slh,ns1,nsp,win,hgl,mpl

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VIGILANT - See MUSCALLONGE

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FRANK E. VIGOR
Other names : built as SIR WILLIAM SIEMENS, renamed WILLIAM B. PILKEY in 1929, last name in 1941.
Official no. : 116732
Type at loss : propeller, steel, bulk freight crane ship
Build info : 1896, Globe Iron Works, Cleveland hull# 67
Specs : 413x48x28, 4344g 3293n
Date of loss : 1944, Apr 27
Place of loss : Pelee Passage
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : none of 32
Carrying : sulphur
Detail : Rammed near midships by ore-laden steamer PHILIP MINCH. MINCH took her crew off before she rolled over and sank.
Registration at Wilmington, Del.
Converted to a crane ship in 1941.
Sources: ns4,mv,eas,sol,is,ledc,win,mpl

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VIKING
Other names : none
Official no. : 205868
Type at loss : gas screw tug, wood, fishing
Build info : 1897, Washington Isl., WI
Specs : 37x10x6, 10g 9n
Date of loss : 1918, Sep 17
Place of loss : off Lester Park, near Duluth
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : 2
Carrying : none
Detail : Cut between tug CHARLEY FERRIS and her towed scow AJAX and was rammed by the latter. Skipper was knocked overboard, engineer drowned as she sank to her decks. Towed into Duluth by FERRIS. Later rebuilt.
Out of Marquette.
Sources: mv,gwgl,lss

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JO VILAS
Other names : none
Official no. : 12767
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast, lumber
Build info : 1857, Rand & Harbridge, Manitowoc, WI*
Specs : 107x26x9, 149 gt
Date of loss : 1876, Oct 9
Place of loss : midlake abreast of Kenosha in 400 ft of water
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm/hull failure
Loss of life : none
Carrying : lumber
Detail : Waterlogged, capsized and sank in a gale. Crew abandoned to a makeshift raft and drifted in the storm for 6 hours until picked up by the passing schooner ANDREW JACKSON.
The JACKSON had to round to in a gale [a very risky maneuver] five times before she was able to pick up all of the men.
*Hull launched at Two Rivers, vessel completed at Manitowoc
Owned by G. Wiegland of Chicago
Sources: bb,nsp,mv

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VIOLA
Other names : none
Official no. : 61027
Type at loss : canal boat, wood
Build info : 1869 or earlier
Specs : 67 t.
Date of loss : 1871, Jun 17
Place of loss : 20 mi W of Cleveland
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : (storm)
Loss of life : none
Carrying : minstrel show equip.
Detail : Broke loose from tow of prop MICHIGAN and wrecked, total loss. Minstrels from the show had stayed aboard the steamer. There had been bound for Toledo to do a show, but lost all of their equipment.
Sources: nsp,mv

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VIOLET
Other names : none
Official no. : 161617
Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood, fishing
Build info : 1890,
E. Heath, Benton Harbor, MI
Specs : 48x13x6, 18g 9n
Date of loss : 1910, Dec 24
Place of loss : off Charlevoix, MI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : none
Detail : Foundered. Commercial fisher.
Sources: mv,h,phr
,hcgl

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VIOLET G.
Other names : ?
Official no. : C138009
Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood
Build info : ?
Specs : 51 ft, 37g 25n
Date of loss : 1927, Jul 21
Place of loss : Port Arthur, Ont. (Thunder Bay)
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : none
Carrying : none
Detail : Pushed against Booth Dock and crushed by steamer AMERICA.
Reg out of Port Arthur
Sources: win,mmgl,gwgl,is,lss

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VIRGINIA
Other names : built on the bottom of the old schooner OREGON
Official no. : none
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1854, G.L. Dickenson, Henderson, NY
Specs : 170 t. om
Date of loss : 1860, May 31
Place of loss : Hen & Chickens Reef, west end of the lake
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : stranded
Loss of life : none
Carrying : corn
Detail : The downbound schooner VIRGINIA ran on the reef and was tightly stranded. Though the tug RED ERIC worked on her for several days,recovering part of her cargo and rigging, she was eventually destroyed by waves.
Out of Oswego, NY
Sources: nsp,bb,rp,wmn,jm

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VIRGINIUS - See THOMAS D. STIMSON

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VISION
Other names : none
Official no. : C72570
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1864, L. Harris, Dog Lake, Ont. as a sloop
Specs : 73x17x6, 65gc 57nc
Date of loss : 1885, Nov 12*
Place of loss : 1 mi E of Oswego harbor entrance
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : ?
Carrying : barley
Detail : Inbound for Oswego, foundered in gale.
*year also given as 1883
Rebuilt, 1873
Sources: mmgl,h,wl,eb

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VISITOR
Other names : ?
Official no. : none
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : ?
Specs : small
Date of loss : 1855, May 16
Place of loss : off W Sister Isl.
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 1 of 2
Carrying : stone
Detail : Foundered at night. Her small crew clung to the tip of her mast until it broke off and her skipper drowned. The schooner ANDOVER finally maneuvered in and took the survivor off in a difficult rescue.
Owned by Capt. Bordman of Port Clinton, OH, who was lost with her.
Sources: hgl,ledc,nsp

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VOLUNTEER - Entry appearing in previous editions is deleted. Vessel was recovered.

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VOLUNTEER
Other names : none
Official no. : 25669
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1863, Pierson, Ogdensburg, NY
Specs : 72x18x6, 52g 50n
Date of loss : 1893, Oct 14
Place of loss : off Grindstone City, MI
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : lumber
Detail : Struck a reef and foundered in a heavy gale. Later broke up.
Maybe same vessel as previous entry
Sources: mv,hgl,phr,wb

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VOLUNTEER
Other names : none
Official no. : 161607
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1889, J. Allen, Saganing, MI
Specs : 50x17x4, 31g 29n
Date of loss : 1896, Jul 15
Place of loss : near Au Sable Point
Lake : Huron
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : ?
Detail : Driven ashore and pounded to pieces.
Sources: mv,hgl,vbs,slh,h

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ANNIE VOUGHT
Other names : none also seen as ANNIE VOIGHT
Official no. : 1588
Type at loss : schooner, wood
Build info : 1867, Bailey Bros., Fairport, OH as a bark
Specs : 199x36x14, 680g 666n
Date of loss : 1892, Nov 21
Place of loss : N side of S. Manitou Isl.
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : none
Carrying : coal
Detail : Blown on rocks and destroyed. Lifesaving Service rescued the 8-person crew by breeches buoy. Bound Buffalo for Milwaukee.
Cargo partially recovered.
Out of Buffalo
She was ashore on Spectacle Reef and expected to become a total loss in December, 1867.
Sources: mv,is(1-61),gs,h,nb,hgl,mpl,usls,nsp

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VULCAN
Other names : none
Official no. : 25760
Type at loss : propeller steam tug, wood
Build info : 1868, Campbell & Owen, Detroit hull# 6
Specs : 134x22x13, 249g 158n
Date of loss : 1883, Jun 8*
Place of loss : off Vermilion, OH
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : fire
Loss of life : none
Carrying : barges
Detail : Bound Saginaw for Cleveland. She caught fire offshore, burned to hull and sank. Out of Detroit, owned by Alger, Smith & Co.
*year is also given as 1882.
500 hp engine
Sister of famous tug CHAMPION(qv), she was known for riding herd on huge rafts of lumber in the 1870's.
Sources: mv,polk,atl,slh,lhl,hgl,usls,mpl,es,nsp


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