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William Penn (Schooner), capsized, 15 Jul 1853

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PENN, WILLIAM Schooner (Br.), capsized on Lake Erie, cargo timber, got up. Property loss $500
      Buffalo Express
      Jan. 2, 1854 (casualty list)

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      MARINE DISASTER. - The steamer MISSISSIPPI, on her down trip Saturday
evening, picked up seven persons in a small boat about 20 miles off Cleveland.
They proved to be the officers and crew of the schooner WILLIAM PENN, belonging
to Kingston and loaded with timber. The schooner sprang a leak and capsized on the
day previous, and the poor fellows had been drifting about, without any oar to assist
them, or a mouthful of food, ever since.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Monday, July 18, 1853

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LOSS OF THE WILLIAM PENN. - The Cleveland Plaindealer says: On Sunday
night last the steamer TELEGRAPH, on her voyage from Canada, when about twenty
five miles off this port, fell in with a vessel lying on her beam ends, with a flag of
distress trailing. Not a soul was on board. The vessel was entirely sound and wore
the British colors, but her name, being under water, could not be ascertained.
Captain Burrow was unable, on account of the scarcity of fuel, to tow the vessel into
port. She was laden with oak timber.

POSTSCRIPT - Last night we conversed with Kenneth Clark, one of the crew of
the WILLIAM PENN. He informs us that she became water logged on Saturday
morning, when the crew were obliged to lash themselves to the main chain to
preserve themselves from drowning. They remained in this situation until 8 o'
clock in the evening, when they were picked up by the boats of the MISSISSIPPI.
When rescued the men were exhausted and almost famished, not having tasted
food for twenty-six hours !
Mr. Clark speaks in the warmest terms of gratitude of the kindness shown the
by the Captain, officers and crew of the steamer MISSISSIPPI. The TELEGRAPH
went out on Sunday night to tow the PENN into port, but found her too heavy to
Captain Harrington, who commanded the WILLIAM PENN, is now in this city, and
will probably take measures to raise his vessel. Captain Barrow of the steamer
TELEGRAPH saved some $200 or $300 worth of rigging, sails and spars, before she
left the wreck.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, July 20, 1853

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The schooner WILLIAM PENN, which was capsized last Saturday, was towed into
Cleveland on Tuesday night by the steam tug TOLEDO, which, in company with a
sail vessel, went to her relief. Nothing was left of all her sails, but the flying jib.
Her rigging and spars were considerably cut up. Some scoundrel had evidently
robbed her.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Friday, July 22, 1853

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Reason: capsized
Lives: nil
Freight: timber
Remarks: Recovered
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
William R. McNeil
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William Penn (Schooner), capsized, 15 Jul 1853