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President (Schooner), capsized, 31 Aug 1836

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PRESIDENT Schooner :- Loss of the Schooner PRESIDENT mentioned on Saturday, proves true. She was capsized on Monday afternoon during the gale, about 5 miles out in the lake from Cleveland. We learn from the Gazette of that place that there were but two persons saved from the wreck. Capt. Kennedy and a sailor, and four drowned. The two were taken off by the steamboat UNCLE SAM, after remaining in the wreck about 50 hours, without sustenance. It is supposed the vessel and a part of her cargo will be saved.
      Detroit Free Press
      Tues. Sept. 6, 1836

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DISASTERS ON THE LAKE.-The schooner PRESIDENT, of Buffalo, bound for Detroit, was wrecked on the 29th ult. within five miles of Cleveland, and of six hands on board at the rime, four were drowned. -- Capt. Kennedy, and the other survivor, were taken from the wreck about fifty hours after the disaster nearly exhausted from starvation and cold. The names of those who perished, are Henry Ford, Jacob Jones a Mulatto, a boy named Lucius Cannon, and a man whose name could not be ascertained. The schooner, and part of the cargo, it is believed, may be saved.
The schooner WHITE PIGEON, bound for Buffalo, with ballast, was wrecked some time last week, in the Detroit river.
      Black Rock Advocate
      September 8, 1836

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It is feared that a vessel was lost not far below, the night before the last. A box was driven ashore sometime yesterday, a few miles below, pretty much broken to pieces, containing a Piano Forte, directed to Portsmouth, Ohio, for a gentleman in Cincinnati. We understand the vessel BUFFALO, for this port, was passed before the gale, and was expected in, a day or two ago, but has not been heard from.
Since the above was in type, we learn that the articles spoken of above, with numerous other articles which floated ashore yesterday, were from the schooner PRESIDENT, which was wrecked on Monday afternoon. We have just conversed with the Captain, Wm. Kennedy, who with one of his hands were taken from the wreck this morning, by the steamboat UNCLE SAM, and who states that the vessel capsized during the gale, about three o'clock on Monday afternoon. There were six persons on board at the time -- four of whom were drowned. The names of those who perished, are Henry Ford, Jacob Jones, a mulatto, a man whose name was unknown, and a lad named Lucius Cannon. The schooner lies about five miles out from this city in the lake -- the captain states that three vessels passed near the wreck without discovering it -- one within 20 or 30 rods, but an hour or two after the vessel capsized. As might be expected, the surviving hands were nearly exhausted -- having remained on the wreck about 50 hours without sustenance, and the weather extremely cold for the season. It is supposed that the vessel and a part of the cargo may be saved. --- Gazette of yesterday.
      Cleveland Weekly Advertiser
      Thursday, September 8, 1836

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    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
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President (Schooner), capsized, 31 Aug 1836