Shipwrecks of the 1913 Great Lakes storm

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This is a list of shipwrecks during the Great Lakes Storm of 1913.

Ships foundered
Ship Gross tons Length (ft) Beam (ft) Built Cargo Approximate location Damage ($) Deaths
Lake Superior
Leafield 1,454 369 35 1892 steel rails Angus Island 100,000 18
Henry B. Smith 6,631 525 55 1906 iron ore Marquette, Michigan 350,000 25
Lake Michigan
Plymouth (Barge) 776 225 35 1854 lumber Gull Island 5,000 7
Lake Huron
Argus 4,707 436 50 1903 coal Point aux Barques, Michigan 136,000 28
James Carruthers 7,862 550 58 1913 grain Goderich, Ontario 410,000 22
Hydrus 4,713 436 50 1903 iron ore Goderich, Ontario 136,000 25
John A. McGean 5,100 452 52 1908 coal Sturgeon Point, Michigan 240,000 28
Charles S. Price 6,322 524 54 1910 coal Port Huron, Michigan 340,000 28
Regina 1,956 269 42.5 1907 steel pipe, package freight Harbor Beach, Michigan 125,000 20
Isaac M. Scott 6,372 524 54 1909 coal Sturgeon Point, Michigan 340,000 28
Wexford 2,104 250 40 1883 steel rails 8.6 miles NNE of Grand Bend, Ontario 125,000 (actual number uncertain) 17 to 24 victims reported
Lake Erie
Lightship 82 180 105 21 1912 none Buffalo, New York 25,000 6 {Lightship salvaged}
Ships stranded
Ship Gross Tons Length (ft) Beam (ft) Built Cargo Approx Location Damage ($) Notes
Lake Superior
Fred G. Hartwell 6,223 504 58 1908 unknown Point Iroquois, Michigan 30,000 rebuilt
Huronic 3,330 321 43 1902 passengers Whitefish Point, Michigan 30,000  
J.T. Hutchinson 3,734 346 48 1901 unknown Point Iroquois, Michigan 40,000  
Major 1,864 303 41 1889 unknown Crisp Point, Michigan unknown rebuilt
William Nottingham 4,234 377 50 1902 wheat Whitefish Bay, Michigan 75,000 3 men lost
Scottish Hero 2,202 297 40 1895 unknown unknown 500  
Turret Chief 1,881 273 44 1896 unknown Copper Harbor, Michigan unknown rebuilt 1914 as Salvor
L.C. Waldo 4,466 472 48 1896 iron ore Gull Rock, Michigan unknown rebuilt 1916 as Riverton
St. Marys River
Meaford unknown unknown unknown unknown unknown   500  
Lake Michigan
Halsted (Barge) 497 191 32 1873 lumber Washington Harbor,

Washington Island (Wisconsin)

unknown  
Louisiana 1,753 287 39 1887 empty Washington Harbor,

Washington Island (Wisconsin)

  burned to waterline
Pontiac 2,298 300 40 1889 unknown Simmon's Reef 7,500  
Lake Huron
Acadian 2,305 246.5 43 1908 unknown Thunder Bay, Michigan 30,000  
Lightship # 61 aka "Corsica Shoals" 160 87'2" 21'6" 1893 none Forced from Corsica Shoals to Point Edward Canada-reportedly contributed to loss of "Matthew Andrews" {See article United States lightship Huron (LV-103)} refloated
Matthew Andrews 7,014 532 56 1907 unknown Corsica Shoal 2,500 refloated
Howard M. Hanna Jr. 5,667 500 54 1908 coal Port Austin, Michigan   rebuilt 1916
Henry A. Hawgood 6,839 532 56 1906 unknown Weis Beach 7,000 refloated
J.M. Jenks 4,644 414 50 1902 unknown Georgian Bay 25,000  
Matoa 2,311 310 40 1890 coal Point aux Barques, Michigan 117,000 total loss
D.O. Mills 6,598 532 58 1907 unknown Harbor Beach, Michigan 45,000 refloated
Northern Queen 2,476 300 41 1889 unknown Kettle Point 44, Ontario 25,000  
A.E. Stewart 3,943 356 50 1902 unknown Thunder Bay, Michigan 30,000 refloated
St. Clair & Detroit Rivers
W.G. Pollock 4,872 420 52 1906 unknown St. Clair Flats 5,000  
Saxona 4,716 418 50 1903 unknown Lake St. Clair 1,500  
Victory 4,527 450 48 1895 unknown Livingston Channel 12,000  
Lake Erie
Donaldson (Barge) unknown unknown unknown unknown unknown Cleveland, Ohio 800  
C.W. Elphicke 1 2,058 273 42 1889 flax Long Point, Ontario unknown  
Fulton unknown unknown unknown unknown unknown Bar Point 2,500  
G.J. Grammer 4,471 418 48 1902 unknown Lorain, Ohio 1,500 refloated
Pittsburgh Steamship
   Co. Barges
unknown unknown unknown unknown unknown Cleveland, Ohio 100,000 unmanned
1. The steamer C.W. Elphicke reportedly struck a submerged obstruction on Lake Erie, off Long Point, on October 21, 1913, during a gale; it was beached just above the Long Point Lighthouse 212 hours later. Before it could be salvaged, the November gale hit and it became a total loss. No lives lost. It was on voyage from Fort William, Ontario, for Buffalo, NY, with cargo of flax.

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