The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Zephyr (Schooner), sunk, 1 Jun 1869

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ZEPHYR Schooner, cargo coal; sprung a leak in Lake Erie; a total loss.
      Marine Disasters on the Western
      Lakes during 1869, Capt. J.W. Hall

On Thursday night (6/10) the schr. ZEPHYR bound from this port for Detroit, with a cargo of 250 tons of coal, sprung a leak when about 15 miles off Long Pt., filled rapidly and sunk in 20 fathoms of water. The crew took to the yawl, and pulled to Grand River, where they arrived in safety. The vessel and cargo are fully insured.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      June 12, 1869 1-8

We learn that the schr. ZEPHYR bound to Detroit, sprang a leak during the heavy wind of the 10th, and finally sunk below Long Pt. She was loaded with coal for Detroit and will without doubt prove a total loss. The crew reached Grand River in safety, but very much exhausted, after pumping 18 hours in an open boat.
      Detroit Free Press
      June 13, 1869 4-7

We learn that the schr. ZEPHYR which left this port for Detroit with 250 tons of coal, sprung a leak Thursday afternoon and sunk in 25 fathoms of water 15 miles east of Long Pt. All hands were saved. They took to their boat and pulled down to Grand River, Ontario. The ZEPHYR we believe is fully insured.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      June 14, 1869 3-3

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.454166 Longitude: -81.121388
William R. McNeil
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Zephyr (Schooner), sunk, 1 Jun 1869