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Traveler, capsized, 11 May 1858

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Scow schooner TRAVELLER, capsized off Point Pelee and three of her crew perished. Property loss $4,200.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 15, 1859 (1858 Casualty List)

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      Schooner Capsized And All Hands Lost. - The Northern Transportation Co's
propeller WISCONSIN which arrived last evening, reports seeing a schooner
capsized off Point au Pelee on Tuesday morning. The schooner had got so far
in on the northern side of the point that she could not weather the point.
Crowding on sail to get her out from her position she was suddenly capsized.
Her crew of seven men clung to the vessel, until washed off by the waves and
drowned, one after another. Capt. Hickey of the WISCONSIN, said it was
impossible for him to render any assistance, owing to the violence of the gale
and the dangerous location of the schooner. The capsized vessel was a black
top-sail schooner. Her real name could not be ascertained. - Cleveland Herald.
We since learn, that the scow above referred to, proves to be the TRAVELLER,
owned by Mr. J. Prouty of this city. There were only three drowned, viz.: Mrs.
Draper, wife of one of the seamen, Charles Gates, son of the late Horatio Gates
of Buffalo, and another seaman, name not learned. The other four were rescued
from the wreck by the propeller PORTSMOUTH, and taken to Dunkirk.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, May 15, 1858

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PARTICULARS OF THE LOST VESSEL - THREE LIVES LOST. - The propeller PORTSMOUTH arrived from Dunkirk Saturday, and from Capt.,. McNiff we learn the particulars of the vessel which was reported as having capsized off Point Pelee. The vessel proves to be the scow-schooner TRAVELLER, bound from Monroe to Buffalo with a cargo of staves. She met the gale Monday, off Ashtabula, and was driven back nearly to the Point, when a sea carried away one half her deck-load, with her bulwarks, and from the weight of the other half, she capsized. When she lurched over, Mrs. Draper, wife of one of the sailors, was swept off and drowned. The vessel then drifted till she struck Point Pelee Reef, when she righted and went hard on. At this time two sailors, one named Charles Gates, and another, unknown, were also lost from the vessel. This was about 10 A. M., Tuesday. There were then remaining on the vessel five men, including the captain. They remained on the boat until nearly noon next day, (Wednesday) when Capt. McNiff of the PORTSMOUTH, rescued them and took them into Dunkirk. Their condition on the vessel was one of intense suffering and peril. Their provisions were all washed away, and they were some 48 hours without any food except a few potatoes, and it was with difficulty they kept from perishing with cold. Mrs. Draper, the woman drowned, lives at Silver Creek. Her husband, who was on the vessel, survives her. One of the men lost leaves a wife and family of children somewhere in the State of New York. The TRAVELLER was owned by Mr. J. Prouty, of Buffalo, and was insured. She is an old vessel, and, being badly stove, will not probably be got off. - Detroit Adv., 17th.
      Buffalo Republic & Times
      Tuesday, May 18, 1858

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 41.908055 Longitude: -82.508888
William R. McNeil
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Traveler, capsized, 11 May 1858