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Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 3 Nov. 1820, page 3

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Diving Machine--We have noticed in some newspapers that the invention of the diving machine, "resembling a coat of mail" &c. is attributed to some person in Philadelphia. It is proper to say that Mr. William Brookfield, a citizen of this place, is the inventor of the diving machine alluded to, for which he obtained a patent during the past summer, and disposed of the right to use the invention on all the rivers and water of the U.S. (with the exception of the whole extent of the Lakes and waters of the St. Lawrence,) to some person in New-York or Philadelphia. The newspapers from Baltimore and other places contain notices of exhibitions of the utility of the invention, and we learn with pleasure that Mr. Brookfield is now preparing his diving machine to favor the inhabitants of this place with a similar exhibition.


Eels--We are told by a person who has resided in this territory for several years, in answer to a query contained in our paper of the 20th ult. that there are "plenty of eels" in Lake Erie. This is certainly news to us, and if the information be correct, we would further ask to be informed the reason why they have never ventured into our strait.


Erie, Oct. 21

Melancholy Shipwrecks.--It is with extreme regret we have to record the loss of the schooner Franklin, Capt. Hayt, belonging to Mr. P.S.V. Hamot of this place. When the gale commenced on Tuesday the 10th inst. she was lying at anchor at the mouth of Grand River, where she had stopped to discharge some merchandise she had on board for Hamot & Tracy, of Painsville. She was seen to put to sea about 8 o'clock on Tuesday night, and was discovered on Wednesday about twelve miles below Grand River, apparently stationary. That evening her boats were found on the beach, and a number of salt barrels came ashore, together with her companionway, binacle and pump. On Wednesday night she went to the bottom, and, painful to state, all her crew have found a watery grave. She was discovered on Friday the 13th, by capt. Eaton, of the schr. Rachael. She is about three miles from shore, near where seen on Wednesday, in ten fathoms water;--stand erect, with her top-mast out of water.--Her cargo, consisting of Salt and Merchandise, is supposed to have been worth between four and five thousand dollars. The crew consisted of capt. Charles Hayt, formerly of Boston, Mass. Daniel D. Norton, James Bothel, and Robert Cory. None of the bodies have yet been found.

Capt. Hayt has left a wife and four children, who reside in Millcreek township, in this county.

Was also wrecked, on Tuesday night, 10th inst. near Conneaught, the schr. Elizabeth, of Ashtabula, capt. Naper. The crew consisting of the capt. and one sailor, with a Miss Rhoda Sloan, formerly of Canandaigua, passenger, perished. The wreck and several trunks were found on Wednesday and Thursday following.--The bodies of those who were in her, have not yet been found.


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Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 3 Nov. 1820, page 3