The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
William Henry (Schooner), capsized, 1 Jul 1855

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WILLIAM HENRY Schooner, cargo staves, from St. Joseph to Chicago, capsized in Lake Michigan. Crew picked up 5 days after, nearly exhausted. Property loss $1,500.
      Buffalo Morning Express (casualty list)
      Jan. 11, 1856

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SCOW WILLIAM HENRY CAPSIZED.---We learn from the Chicago Tribune, that the scow SACHEM, when off New Buffalo, Last Thursday, she picked up a small boat containing two men and a dog, who were on the point of expiring from starvation and exposure. When sufficiently recovered to speak, they informed their rescuers that they were of the scow WILLIAM HENRY, bound with a load of staves from St. Joseph to Chicago, which had been capsized five days previous; since which time they had been floating about in the boat with their dog. They had eaten nothing during that
period, and although suffering acutely from the pangs of hunger, forbore to sacrifice the life of their canine fellow sufferer in order to prolong their own existence.
Driven to desperation, however, they were on the point of killing the dog, when they discovered the scow SACHEM bearing down on them.
They were fuly restored to strength when they reached that port.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Thursday, August 2, 1855

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Reason: capsized
Lives: nil
Freight: staves
Remarks: Total loss ?
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.68473 Longitude: -86.53036
William R. McNeil
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William Henry (Schooner), capsized, 1 Jul 1855