The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), October 23, 1867

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A VESSEL THIRTY-FIVE YEARS OLD. - In our comments last week relative to the loss of the schooner Gazelle, on Lake Michigan, we expressed some doubts as to her being the old and original craft of that name, which came out in 1832. After minute inquiry in this locality we learn that such is the case, and the errors rest on the part of the underwriter's register. We also have at hand a rejoinder in the Milwaukee Sentinel, which clearly and unmistakably gives a correct version of her record. Taking it thus for granted, the Gazelle was the last of our lake craft which were in service up to 1840.

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This is something you didn't see very often in the old newspapers -   
a correction. Or is it? In the first article [17 Oct 1867], the marine reporter obviously had some trepidation about challenging the story from another paper. Insurance underwriters' lists probably didn't show the 1832 Gazelle (1864 list doesn't), so he assumed she no longer existed. But here's the punch line: Capt. Hall's list of 1867 accidents has the following notation for Gazelle in September, "Schr Gazelle, cargo lumber, ashore at Little Point au Sable. Got off." She is not shown on his list of total losses for the year, either. Hall's three Gazelles come up like this: the 103 t. (om) Gazelle, built 1846, was out of Sheboygan in 1864, 69 and 71 (and shows in the 1869 Merchant Vessels as 78.55 t.), while the Lake Ontario Gazelle was 97.77 t (132 t om), and was out of Oswego in 1855, Sacket's Harbor in 1864 and probably shows up in the 1869 MV as out of Cape Vincent, NY. The third American Gazelle, which Hall claims was 93 t., but enrollment documents say was 60 t. - the one that doesn't show up on any lists in 1867 (or just before or after for that matter) - was built in 1832 (enrollment documents actually say '36), also at Maumee. Perhaps the 1836 and 1846 Gazelles are both the same vessel - enlarged and appearing as an essentially new vessel in 1846. She was still owned out of Perrysburg (Maumee) and Detroit in 1844. I wouldn't bet the farm on it either way. There may be, of course, still another (93 t, 1832) Gazelle. Perhaps the Sentinel or the Ludington/Muskegon papers can shed more light on the question of which Gazelle was really ashore, and what happened to her afterwards.
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), October 23, 1867