The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 30 May 1826, page 3

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From the Sandusky Clarion.

The Morning Star.--On the 1st inst. the Canadian Schooner Surprise, Capt. McCall found the schooner Morning Star of this port, whence she sailed on the 22d of April for Miami, floating near the Canada shore, without a soul on board--sails down, but not furled, cable, anchor and deck loading on board but rudder gone. The companion way was open, and the births [sic], hats, boots, &c. exhibited signs of the vessel's having been left in a hurry. The vessel had very little water in and was towed into Malden. After this intelligence was received, various were the conjectures as to the fate of the crew, and nothing occurred to dispel the gloomy suspense of our citizens, until Sunday last, when three persons who had been on board the lost schooner, arrived and gave the following information.

On the 23th [sic] of April the Morning Star cleared from Miami, bound for this port, with the following persons on board, viz; Captain John Castelo, Thomas Goodwin, and John Furney of this town, a man by the name of Webber, (we believe,) of Chataque county, N.Y. and a woman named Julia, who had been residing on one of the Islands during the winter. In the night, during a gale, the vessel struck on a reef of rocks near Middle Bass Island, by which her rudder was unshipped, and it was supposed she had bilged. After the sails were hauled down, the captain cried that all who wished to save themselves, must take to the small boat. The boat was let down, and all hands succeeded in reaching the shore, carrying nothing with them but what they had on and a tinder box. A fire was kindled, and the captain went back alone, in the boat to learn the situation of his vessel; but it was gone, and he returned to the island. When day light appeared, it was in sight, but several miles distant.--The captain observed that all he was worth was afloat in that vessel, and requested Mr. Goodwin to go with him and endeavor to secure it. He consented and they embarked.--They were anxiously watched by those whom they had left behind, until both vessel and boat disappeared in the distance, and the latter has not been seen nor heard from since. Messrs. Castelo and Goodwin have both left families.

Those who were left on the Island were in a deplorable condition.--There was no human being besides themselves; no shelter from the weather; no bed but the earth; and no food but leeks and other wild roots, which they dug from the ground. In this miserable condition they spent six days and nights, when fortunately the schooner Guerrier was obliged by stress of weather to seek shelter under the lee of the Island. A shirt was hoisted on a pole as a signal of distress, by which the attention of the crew was attracted. A boat was sent on shore, and the sufferers were providentially saved from starvation.

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Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 30 May 1826, page 3