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Souvenir (Schooner), U22579, capsized, 17 Jun 1862

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SOUVENIR Schooner, capsized on Lake Michigan. Total loss with four of her crew.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Jan. 22, 1863. Casualty List, 1862

SCHOONER SOUVENIR WRECKED, AND THREE MEN DROWNED. -- Tuesday night about seven o'clock, the schooner SOUVENIR, Capt. Abrabamson, of this city, was wrecked about two miles east by north from Amsterdam. She capsized in a squall, and three men -- all on board except the Captain -- were drowned. Their names were Soren Sorenson, (who was mate) Johannes Anderson, and Ole Oilson (the cook), all Norwegians. They were all single men, and lived in Milwaukee.
      The vessel was light, and was bound to Sheboygan for a load of wood. After she capsized it was not over from 5 to 10 minutes before they were drowned. The schooner LIBERTY was in sight at the time, and witnessed the catastrophe, but the captain thought it impossible to render any assistance.
      The propeller CHICAGO, Capt. Collins, of the Western Transportation Company, fortunately was passing along about the time of the accident, and seeing the craft go down, steered for it, and reached it in time to save the captain, who had kept himself up by a buoy.
      Capt. Abrabamson feels as though he cannot by thankful enough to the Captain and all hands of the propeller CHICAGO, for their kindness to him, after rescuing him from a watery garve. --- Milwaukee Daily Wisconsin.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, June 21, 1862
The schooner SOUVENIR of Milwaukee, was capsized off Port Washington on Tuesday evening last, and three of her crew were drowned. The propeller CHICAGO, Capt. Moses H. Collins, came up to the scene of disaster about half an hour after the vessel was capsized. The Captain of the boat, a Mr. Abramson, was found clinging in the wildest despair to the bottom of the vessel. Notwithstanding the fearfully threatening aspect of the waters, a boat was a once dispatched to the wreck, and the Captain, with his trunk containing his money, &c., was taken off. The rescuing party was composed of the following men who volunteered to dare the maddened seas to save a human being: H. D. Nichols, 1st mate; Wm. Dixon, 2nd. mate; Taylor Johnson, Steward; John O'Conner, 2nd. engineer. One of the passengers of the CHICAGO informs us that the captain, the only person saved, was delirious when taken into the boat. Capt. Collins and his men are deserving if infinate credit for the performance of a duty which imperilled so many lives.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, June 23, 1862
Schooner SOUVENIR. U. S. No. 22579. Of 87.42 tons gross; 83.05. Built Milwaukee, Wis., 1854. Home port, Racine.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

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Reason: capsized
Lives: 3
Hull damage: $800
Remarks: Recovered
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.38722 Longitude: -87.87564
William R. McNeil
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Souvenir (Schooner), U22579, capsized, 17 Jun 1862