PETREL Schooner, froze in, leaking badly at Grand Traverse Bay, Lake Michigan. Property loss $2,000 estimated.
Feb. 28, 1855 (casualty list)
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THE PETREL. -- By intelligence received by the Chicago Journal, from Capt. Morris, of the schooner St. LAWRENCE, which arrived at that port the same day from Oak Creek, we learn the painful probility of the loss of the schooner PETREL, with all on board, during the gale of Wednesday of last week. Capt. Fowler, of Oak Creek, has found drifted agains the pier at that point, the hatches, rails, bulwarks and spars of a small craft painted black, as also portions of her cargo of ash lumber, barrel hoops, &c., and a wreck bottom upwards has been seen by several vessels passing between Chicago and Milwaukee. All the circumstances go to show that this unfortunate vessel was the PETREL, Capt Sexton, and there is little grounds for hope that any of her crew escaped. She was a small old craft, of 70 tons burthen, and carried three hands. She was owned by parties in Chicago.
Cleveland Morning Leader
Monday, June 19, 1854
SCHOONER PETREL.- We learn from a passenger and one of the hands of the schooner PETREL, who arrived in this city on Monday, that the PETREL, while near Grand Traverse Bay, on the 8th. inst., experienced a heavy storm, during which she was beat over the bar, by continual heavy seas, and now lies safely inside in deep water. The vessel was leaking badly, but could be kept afloat by pump pumps. Our informants came through to the nearest settlement, by an Indian trail. Then travelled ninety miles without food or fire, froze their feet, and suffered extremely from cold and hunger. The vessel was owned by E.K. Bruce, of Buffalo. She was loaded with wheat, and was bound from Milwaukee to Buffalo.-----Detroit Tribune
The Democracy, Buffalo
Friday, December 29, 1854