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Petrel (Schooner), capsized, 1 Jun 1854

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PETREL Schooner, capsized, lost and all hands (4) on Lake Michigan. Property loss $2,500
      Buffalo Democracy
      Feb. 28, 1855 (casualty list)

THE PETREL. -- By intelligence we this morning received from Capt. Morris, of the schooner St. LAWRENCE, just in from Oak Creek, we learn the painful probability of the loss of the schooner PETREL, with all on board, during the gale of Wednesday of last week. Capt. Fowle, of Oak Creek, has found drifted against the pier and along shore 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 this place and Milwaukee. All the circumstances go to show that the unfortunate vessel was the PETREL, Capt. Sexton, and there is little ground 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 this city. -- Chicago Journal, 15th.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Saturday, June 17, 1854

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Reason: capsized
Lives: 4
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.68473 Longitude: -86.53036
William R. McNeil
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Petrel (Schooner), capsized, 1 Jun 1854