The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
H. H. Sizer (Schooner), capsized, 27 Jun 1846

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DISASTERS OF LAKE MICHIGAN. -- We learn from Mr. Moore, clerk of the MADISON, which arrived Wednesday night from Chicago that the schooner HENRY H. SIZER was capsized in a squall on the afternoon of the 27th. about 10 miles below Southport, while on a passage from Racine. There was a family of emigrants on board, consisting of ten, all but three of whom perished. Two girls, 10 and 12 years of age, and a boy of 18 were saved. The following are the particulars as related to us; The family, who were English, had resided in Utica N. Y., in this State but a short time ago, had emigarted to Chicago; not being suited there, they took passage on the SIZER for Racine. About 4 o'clock on Saturday, while the passengers were below, the squall struck the vessel and she immediately capsized. Every effort was made by Capt. Martin and his crew to rescue the passengers, but they only succeeded in saving the three, one of whom, the girl was dragged out of the cabin window. Capt. M., cut away the mainmast and constructed a raft on which himself and two of the crew endeavored to reach shore to obtain assistance. The Schooner KNICKERBOCKER hove in sight after some 12 hours and picked up the Captain and the men, and took off the others from the wreck, a short time afterwards Capt. McFayden of the MADISON, spoke the KNICKERBOCKER, with colors at half mast, and immediately went to her assistance and took off the crew and the three children and landed them at Southport. The name of the family was not obtained Capt. Martin was making preperations for raising his vessel when the MADISON left Southport.
      Buffalo Courier
      Friday July 3, 1846

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The SIZER is repairing at Chicago.
      Buffalo Courier
      Thursday July 16, 1846

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Reason: capsized
Lives: 7
Remarks: Recovered
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 42.56308 Longitude: -87.81174
William R. McNeil
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H. H. Sizer (Schooner), capsized, 27 Jun 1846