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Iowa (Schooner), sunk, 1 Nov 1856


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Schooner IOWA, cargo wheat, lost with all hands on lake Michigan, supposed foundered.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 31, 1857 (1856 casualty list)

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      MISSING VESSELS. - The schooner IOWA, which left Chicago for this port about the same time as the bark J. V. AYRE, has not since been heard of. She was formerly commanded by Capt. McClaning, who was in command of the ill-fated AYRE. The schooner A. BELMONT is also missing, and it is feared she is lost with all on board.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, November 18, 1856

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A MAN SAVED FROM THE SCHOONER IOWA. -- A gentleman in this city received the unexpected news last evening that the steward of the schooner IOWA has been almost miraculously saved. His name was Theodore La Corgny and he writes from Detroit, giving the particulars of his escape from the wreck, He says that at the time of the wreck, he was in the cabin and as the water was running in quite freely, he went on deck. The sea was breaking over the vessel, and he was unable to stand. He bethought him of the provision box, and by some means succeeded in reaching it. He crept into it, and in a few hours found himself on land, the lake on one side and a forest on the other. There was nothing in the box except one ham, and this was his only food for two days, during which he traveled in the woods. At the expiration of this time he came across an Indian who kindly took him to his cabin, and took care of him during an illness of several weeks. The Indian then took him to Mackinaw, from whence he came to Detroit, where he is now in a destitute condition. His friends here will send for him. The full particulars can be learned of John Prothais, No. 16 Main Street, to whom we are indebted for these facts.
      It is not known that any other person on board the IOWA was saved. The schooner and all hands went down.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      January 14, 1857

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THE LOST MATE OF THE SCHOONER IOWA. - It will be recollected that some considerable interest was manifested in the fate of the schooner "IOWA," which was lost on Lake Michigan last fall. A report was circulated, commencing with the Buffalo Courier, that the mate of the schooner, Theodore Le Gorigney was saved and was in Detroit. It now turns out that this account was a hoax got up by some person who was acquainted with Le Corigney, and probably familiar with his circumstances, for the purpose of raising the wind. The Detroit Free Press of yesterday says a letter was received by parties in Buffalo from some body claiming to be Le Gorigney, appraising them of his having escaped from the wreck of the IOWA, and demanding his pay from the owners of the vessel. This they refused to give until he presented himself in person to claim it. The friends of Le Gorigeny sent seven dollars to the writer of the letter to pay his passage to Buffalo, since which time nothing has been heard from him. The conclusion is, that a fraud was intended. The matter was placed in the hands of officer Sprague for investigation, but nothing has yet been ascertained in regard to the whereabouts or identy of the writer of the letter.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Friday, February 27, 1857

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 9
Hull damage: $14,000
Cargo: $19,000
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1856
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Local identifier:
McN.W.2829
Language of Item:
English
  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.68473 Longitude: -86.53036
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Iowa (Schooner), sunk, 1 Nov 1856