Joseph Cochrane (1856)
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Final Voyage


October 22, 1870. The schooner Joseph Cochrane, laden with 236,000 feet of lumber bound from Cheboygan, Michigan for Chicago, sprung a leak during a gale. The following morning she attempted to put into Bailey's Harbor, but the Cochrane missed the channel and stranded upon the reef. The captain and crew were stranded over night until the brig H.E. Mussey managed to rescue them. Within two days the schooner went to pieces, spilling the load of lumber, of which, 100,000 feet were later salvaged by the schooner Market Drayton.
Service History


The wooden three masted schooner Joseph Cochrane was built in 1856 by Rogers & Dickson at Charlotte, New York. Most sources refer to her as a schooner, although a couple mention her as a barkentine. In 1861 the vessel was valued at $9,000 and rated A2. At the time of her loss the vessel was rated B1 and may have been worth $10,000. The official registry number was 12755.

1859: Reportedly went to the Atlantic Ocean.

June 1862: Collided with the schooner L.B. Crocker on the St. Clair River.

November 1863: Collided with the schooner J. Fretter on the Detroit River.

1865: Readmeasured.

June 1869: Sunk in the Welland Canal and raised.

Last Document Of Enrollment Surrendered: Chicago: 6/30/1871: "Vessel Lost".
 
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