1885 Jarvis Lord

Somewhere off Sleeping Bear Point lies the wreck of the JARVIS LORD.  Not well known, but easily within reach of today’s technical divers and ROVs, the JARVIS LORD will undoubtedly become one of Northern Michigan’s premiere dive sites in the near future.  She is 178 feet long and has a 33 foot beam. 

The following article appeared in the Buffalo Daily Republic on Tuesday, August 19, 1885 and describes the freighter’s loss.


Chicago, Aug. 19 – Captain Condon of the steamer OCEANICA, which arrived from Buffalo at a late hour last night, reported the loss of the steamer JARVIS LORD, bound from St. Ignace for Chicago with a load of iron ore. On Monday morning, while off the Manitous, the JARVIS LORD sprang a leak and made water so rapidly that the pumps were useless. It was then decided to run her on the beach, and she was put about and headed for Glen Haven. About 1 o’clock, when within two miles of Glen Haven, the steamer was abandoned and sank stern first in about forty fathoms of water. The crew narrowly escaped with their lives, but succeeded in making Glen Haven in small boats.  From Glen Haven they will take passage on the propeller LAWRENCE for Chicago this morning. The steamer and her cargo are a total loss. She was built at Marine City in 1872, was of 938 tons register, was rated A 2 1/2, was valued at $32,000 and owned in Cleveland. She is said to be insured for $28,000 in the hull pool.

The JARVIS LORD has been looked for by many shipwreck hunters over the years, but uneven underwater topography has kept her location secret.  Maybe soon the mystery of her final resting place will be solved.

Actual photo of the Jarvis Lord.
Actual photo of the Jarvis Lord.