The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), Nov. 7, 1832

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p.2 Shipwreck on Lake Erie - The Connecticut Courant publishes the following letter, dated Windsor, Ohio, October 4th - "Dear Sir - With painful emotions I hasten to announce to you the sad intelligence of the loss of Friend Thrall and his family, from Granby, Con., and Henry A. Holcomb's wife and child, from Simsbury, together with four other persons, viz. two sailors, a lady, and a little girl, belonging to Ashtabula, on the lake, Saturday morning, 28th September, about four or five o'clock. Respecting particulars, I can merely say, that the vessel capsized in a gale of wind and went to the bottom. Mr. Thrall and family, with Mrs. Holcomb and child, are probably in the vessel, which is sunk in 50 or 60 feet of water, the top of the mast is about 8 feet out and, strange to relate, the captain and the hands, with Mr. John White of Ohio, Alexander Holcomb Esq. and his son Henry A. Holcomb, from Simsbury, clung to the rigging about the top of the mast until Saturday evening at 5 o'clock, say 12 or 18 hours, when they were taken off by a vessel passing up the lake, and were carried to Cleaveland. - They staid at my house last night, and have gone this morning down the lake to the place where the vessel is. The vessel went down off Salem about 5 or 6 miles. They are in hopes of being able to raise it and obtain the bodies, which seem now to be their greatest trouble. You will please communicate to soothe them, and assure them that the survivors are in pretty good spirits, although they had to put in requisition the last efforts of expiring hope to sustain themselves, until they were discovered. Mr. Holcomb was so much exhausted that he declared it impossible for him to hold on one minute longer, even when the boat to relieve them was close by; but being encouraged and assisted by his companions, he was kept from going down, until the boat arrived, and took him in so fatigued as to be apparently lifeless. You may expect the particulars as soon as it is ascertained whether the vessel is raised or not, but you need not expect to get an adequate idea of the sufferings of the survivors, for language is without words to express it."

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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), Nov. 7, 1832