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Oregon (Schooner), sunk, 12 Nov 1852

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OREGON Schooner, foundered above Erie, loss of all hands (10), cargo wheat. Property loss $16,425
      Buffalo Morning Express
      Dec. 25, 1852 (casualty list)

The Sandusky Register states that the schr. OREGON which cleared from the port some 2 weeks ago with a cargo of wheat for Ogdensburg has not since been heard from, and that there is no doubt she foundered and went down in the late sever gale on this lake. This is undobtedly the vessel that Capt. Marble saw go down off Erie.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      November 27, 1852 2-5

We have seen nowhere, as yet, the names of the crew of the schr. OREGON, which foundered in the late gale. We are enabled to give the names of 3 only - Capt. Wesley B. Sweet; Mate Isaac Thomas and cook William Shields. Capt. Sweet leaves a young wife resides at Vermilion, Ohio. The mate was a single man residence unknown; the cook was also a single man and his parents reside near Hamilton.
Friends of Capt. Sweet desire, that if his body is washed ashore, the fact be communicated to Capt. Geo. Judson, at Vermilion. On the left arm of Capt. Sweet is printed "W. Sweet."
      Buffalo Morning Express
      December 1, 1852 3-1

      (To the Editor of the Globe)
SIR,-The captain of the steamer BADGER STAE, which called here this moruing, en-route from Chicago, reports seeing thirteen vessels, ashore on Lake Michigan. The names or further particulars he was unable to give,as they were not approached near enough further than
to observe their relative positions with the aid of a telescope.
It is just 23 years since the northern lakes were visited by so severe a gale so early in September, and strange as it may appear, both occurred on the same date, with winds from the same quarter, though attended with far less loss of life and property in the former instance. Among other casualties occurring at that time was the loss of the schooner CLYDE near Toronto, having on board 50 hhds. of sugar, and 100 tons of coal; the wrecking of the schooner BUFFALO, and the loss of all hands, on Long Point; the Canadian prop. REINDEER
beached at Long Point Cut; the schooner OREGON foundered above Erie with the loss of all hands, with many others, the value of property lost being estimated by the underwriters at $47,125, and the number of lives sacrificed 37. It was also noticed in that year (I refer to 1852 ) that the equinoctial gales which usually occur on or about the 2Oth. of the month did not take place, nor did any weather of a violent character set in until towards the latter part of October. In short, the remainder of the season was not violently unpropitious for the shipping, or for navigation continuing uninterrupted until after the middle of December, the last disaster of the season being the loss of the brig JOHN HANCOCK, with a cargo of railroad iron, at Rond Eau,which occurred on the I8th. of that month.
The loss of such treacherous old crafts as the EQUINOX, COMET, and MENDOTA, can occasion no surprise. In the case of the EQUINOX, Capt. Dwight Scott, her principal owner, was the victim of his own recklessness, and the further loss of life has been most deplorable.
There are numerous old crafts yet afloat, and ere the season closes other casualties equally as sad and alarming, will doubtless occur. A Plimsoll would find much to occupy his time in going for these miserable old hulks
      J. W. H. Detroit, Sept. 14, 1875
      Toronto Daily Globe
      Thursday, September 16, 1875

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 10
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Total loss
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    Latitude: 42.12922 Longitude: -80.08506
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Oregon (Schooner), sunk, 12 Nov 1852