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Fame (Schooner), U9213, capsized, 1 Aug 1858

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FAME Schooner, capsized off Monroe, Lake Erie. Property loss $1,800.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Jan. 15, 1859 (1858 Casualty List)

      Mr. C. H. Blosier, of this city, has received a dispatch from Capt. Groves, stating that the schooner FAME, Capt. G., capsized 6 miles off Monroe, on Tuesday night, and now lies out in the lake, on her beam ends. It is not known if the crew were all saved, but it is thought that if any of them had been lost Capt. Groves would have so telegraphed. Mr. Blosier's son, William, a lad of about nine years of age, was aboard. He floated off on a plank or some other support, and remained in the water for nearly 70 hours, before being picked up. Last accounts report him all safe, but very sick. -- Sandusky Register.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, August 19, 1858

      FALSE ACCOUNTS OF THE LOSS OF THE SCHOONER FAME. -- The Sandusky Register says: -- The romance is completely taken out of the story of the disaster to the schooner FAME, off Monroe, Michigan, when we come to ascertain the "facts" in the case. Instead of the boy William floating on "a plank" or other support for the space of nearly "seventy hours," he and the captain and the mate, who comprised the entire crew, went ashore in the boat belonging to the schooner without getting even their feet wet. The mate, instead of being lost, is in the Toledo Hospital, slightly indisposed. This is another evidence of what enormous exaggerations truth is subjected to in traveling but a short distance. The scow TEMPERANCE, of this port, was caught in the same blow that capsized the FAME, and, putting into Maumee Bay for safety, found the latter vessel along side wrecking her. The FAME had no cargo. Parties have been engaged to right her up and bring her to this port.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Saturday, August 21, 1858
      Bark FAME. U. S. No. 9213. Of 281.50 tons. Home port, Detroit, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1869

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 41.91643 Longitude: -83.39771
William R. McNeil
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Fame (Schooner), U9213, capsized, 1 Aug 1858