Fairport, MI (Lake Michigan) Barges MARINETTE and MENEKAUKEE Lost, Nov 1886

DEAD MEN FOR TRIBUTE TO THE POWER OF THE KING WHO RIDES THE TEMPEST.

FORTY MORE LIVES QUENCHED IN THE WATERS OF THE GREAT LAKES.

Detroit, No. 20. -- The tow barges Menekaukee and Marinette, in tow of the steam-barge Manistique, laden with lumber at Oseoda for Chicago, broke loose during the gale Thursday twenty miles off Manitou Island, became water logged and went ashore near Herring Lake. Both are a total loss and the two crews of fifteen men in all were lost with the exception of one man, C. W. ANNIS. One body has washed ashore at the mouth of Herring Creek. Papers on his body show his name to be WILLIAM LOWRY, The Marinette was so old that the Inland Lloyds would not classify her. The Menekaukee was but three years old and was rated "A" and valued at $20,000. They were both owned by the M.B. line, of Racine, but were in the employ of Lager, Smith & Co., of this city, owners of the Manistique, to whom the lumber belonged.
The Menekaukee's crew consisted of:
Capt. JAMES COX, of Port Huron.
Mate JOHN BUNTING, of Detroit.
Cook WILLIAM LOWRY, of Buffalo.
WILLIAM ARBLEY, of Port Huron.
Three other foremast sailors whose names are not known.
The Marinette's crew were:
WILLIAM MITCHELL, Chicago, captain.
Seven others, including ANNIS and a woman cook and her daughter.
They all hailed from Chicago.

Logansport Pharos Indiana 1886-11-20

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marinette/menekaunee

I researched the sinking of the Marinette and Menekaunee a few years ago, and found some newspaper stories and some woodcuts about the sinking. I made a PDF of the story, along with modern photos of the wreckage and copies of the woodcuts, which I posted on my web page. If you'd like to take a look, it's here: http://www.snavemij.com/watervale/marinette.pdf