The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Convoy (Schooner), sunk, 1 Dec 1854

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CONVOY Schooner, sailed from Detroit, 28th. Nov., last bound for Buffalo, loaded with 7,000 bushels wheat and a quantity of flour and fish, and has not been heard of since - supposed to have foundered with all on board, eight lives. Property loss $27,000
      Buffalo Democracy
      Feb. 28, 1855 (casualty list)

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      Capt. Ertes, of the CLAYTON, reports that he saw the mast head of a vessel sticking out of the water off Conneaut, which he thinks was the head gear of the schooner CONVOY, which sailed a short time ago from the Maumee River, loaded with wheat. The convoy has been missing for over two weeks. It is supposed the crew are lost as well as the vessel.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Friday, December 15, 1854

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      THE CAPTAIN OF THE "CONVOY". -- Wm. P. Payne, a relative of the Captain of this unfortunate vessel, lost with all on board last November on her passage from Detroit to this port, publishes the following in the Detroit papers, in the hope that it will lead to the identifacation of the body of the deceased. The schooner is supposed to have foundered off Conneaut:
      "The captain of said schooner was a man of middle size, wore small ear-rings, has sandy hair, and O. C. Payne marked on his arm. Should any person discover a body corresponding with the above description, and inform by telegraph or otherwise, Wm. P. Payne, Sackets Harbor, N. Y., such person will be liberally rewarded, and confer a lasting favor on the friends of the deceased. - Wm. P. Payne."
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      April 26, 1855
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      The Conneaut Reporter of the 11th., says :-
On Friday the schooner EDWARD, Capt. Wm. Pike, arrived at this port from Clevelamd, for the purpose of exploring the wreck of the steamer CHESAPEAKE which came in collision with the schooner PORTER, in June, 1848 (sic), and also that of the schooner CONVOY, which was sunk about thirteen miles out from our harbor last fall, and on which
all hands perished. They visited the wreck of the CONVOY and attached buoys to her, and then returned to the CHESAPEAKE, which lies a little below the piers, and out about mile and three fourths, in seven fathoms of water. On Sunday, the diver, Mr. Campbell, descending to the wreck, and finding the anchor, he arose and returned with a cable and made fast to it, which was secured. The cable in connection with a quantity of copper, &c., will be fished out during the week, when they will commence upon the CONVOY.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Saturday, July 14, 1855

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 8 ?
Freight: wheat, flour, &c.
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.94756 Longitude: -80.55424
William R. McNeil
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Convoy (Schooner), sunk, 1 Dec 1854