More located Great Lakes Ships
  • Wood Propeller
  • 50ffw 17m
  • 260ft Length
  • Conneaut Ohio, Lake Erie

Chronological History #

  • 1881, Jul 16 Collision with schooner JONES, Chicago River.
  • 1881, Oct 2 Collision with canalboat VICTOR, Buffalo River.
  • 1881, Nov 26 Lost both smoke stacks & damaged a boiler & steampipes in gale on Lake Michigan; disabled, raised sail & headed to shore for repairs.
  • 1882 Towed barge J.M. HUTCHINSON.
  • 1883, Jun Aground St. Clair Flats, St. Clair River.
  • 1883, Jul Collision with schooner J.M. HUTCHISON, Chicago.
  • 1883, Oct Collision with & crushed canalboat MARY WALKER as towed.
  • 1883, Nov Aground St. Clair Flats.
  • 1884, Sep 11 Caught fire at Buffalo; minor damage.
  • 1887 Received new steel arches, stanchions, rails & bulwarks at Miller Brothers shipyard.
  • 1887, Nov 12 Aground Chicago, Lake Michigan with grain.
  • 1889, Nov Aground Buffalo, Lake Erie.
  • 1892, Jun Owned J.C. Gilchrist et al, Vermillion, OH.
  • 1892, May 10 Aground Sand Beach, Lake Huron with oats & corn.
  • 1893, May 17 New boilers, Cleveland, OH.
  • 1896 Rebuilt.
  • 1897, Mar 26 Owned Gilchrist Transportation Co, Vermillion.
  • 1897, Nov 17 Aground White’s Shoal, Lake St. Clair off Peche Island.
  • 1898 Towed S.H. FOSTER & H.D. ALVERSON.
  • 1900, Sep 11 Foundered, Lake Erie.
  • 1900, Sep 15 Enrollment surrendered, Sandusky, OH.

Selection of News Articles for more #

Saginaw Courier-Herald 
      September 23, 1900  #

      Story of W. H. Braund, One of the Survivors of the Disaster. 
Marine City, Sept. 22. — W. H. Braund, a survivor of the JOHN B. LYON disaster, on lake Erie, on the night of September 1, is here and gives a thrilling tale of the experiences of the crew. He had a hard fight with the terrific seas that were running, and after an all-night struggle, tossed about with all sorts of wreckage, was picked up in an unconscious condition in the surf, minus the life preserver which was given him at the last moment by Capt. Senghas, whose body with those of the mates and first engineer, was found off Erie. Braund states that the captain ordered the first mate to take a man and chop holes in the side under the deck, above the water line, to relieve the steamer of the weight of water that had accumulated through the breaches made in the deck by the tremendous seas, some of which reached the top of the funnels. The mate refused, declining to risk himself beneath the deck, which threatened to give way any moment, so the captain and Braund went below with axes and were at work when a portion of the deck collapsed under the strain, and the two narrowly escaped being pinioned under the mass. Shortly after this the steamer, unable to stand the weight of the heavy seas, broke in two and sank like a shot. Braund and the captain, with one or two others, were standing near the pilot house; Braund says, when the steamer sank, he grasped the iron ladder leading to the pilot house and was compelled to exert all his strength to hang on. The suction as the boat sank was irresistible and carried everything with it. When he felt the boat strike bottom, he let go, rose quickly to the surface, and was partially stunned by his head coming in contact with a plank. ‘Twas a black night, and nothing was to be seen, and Braund was badly bruised by contact with planks and other stuff from the wreck, that was dashed about by the waves. 
      The cook, the only woman aboard, had a remarkable escape, the method of which can only be conjectured. When found, she was floating on a hatch cover, without a life-preserver, with legs and arms thrust through the iron rings on the corners of the float. Considering the fact that she could not swim, her coming to the surface and being carried ashore, is considered a miracle. 
      The LYON left Fairport, where she had stopped for coal, only an hour before, without warning of the storm, there being no weather service at that place, and it seemed the storm was concentrated in a narrow space, and the vessel encountered it at the worst point. 

Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885 #

 Steam screw JOHN B. LYON. U. S. No. 76199. Of 1710.33 gross tons; 1330.82 tons net. Built Cleveland, O., 1881. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 255.0 x 38.0 x 20.0. Of 1,426 nominal horse-power. 

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