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H. C. Winslow (Schooner), U11200, capsized, 15 Oct 1871

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Schooner H.C. WINSLOW, capsized by a squall on Lake Michigan; got into port.
      Marine Disasters on the Western
      Lakes during 1871, Capt. J.W. Hall

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      CAPSIZED. - A dispatch from Milwaukee of yesterday says: " The schooner H.C. WINSLOW was struck by the gale Sunday, off Point Brules, and capsized. Her crew were saved, but the wife and two daughters of Paul Kingsley, a passenger, were drowned."
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wednesday, October 18, 1871

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      RIGHTED. - The bark H.C. WINSLOW, which capsized near Point Betsey a few days since, has been righted and towed to South Manitous. It is expected she will go to Chicago for repairs. Her cargo consists of lumber.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wednesday, October 25, 1871

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      THE BARK H.C. WINSLOW. - The revenue cutter JOHNSON towed this schooner into Milwaukee on Tuesday. After repairing a leak the WINSLOW is to be taken to Chicago for repairs.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Friday, October 27, 1871

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      Sudden Death Of A Shipwrecked Sailor.
      From the Milwaukee Sentinel, Oct. 30th. - Last week we gave an account of the arrest of a seaman named Paul Kinsley for chasing the mate of the WINSLOW through the streets with a carving knife, while laboring under a fit of insanity caused by the shipwreck of the vessel upon which he was employed.
      It will be remembered that he was one of the men rescued from the bark WINSLOW when she was capsized off Point Betsey, during the recent gale. Mr. Kinsley, his wife and two daughters, Mary and Martha, aged thirteen and fifteen, were passengers on the ill-fated bark. The family were in the cabin when the boat went over, and the husband, who happened to be on duty on deck at the time, heard their dying shrieks. When the boat righted Kinsley saw the cabin washed away, and his family with it. The thought of their horrible death, and his inability to save those who were his dearest treasures on earth, fairly crazed him. "Lost ! Lost !" he would mutter as he passed along the streets after his release from custody last week, and since which time he wandered about the city in a careless, purposeless manner.
      Yesterday afternoon he called at the saloon of Philip Kaspar, on Market street, beyond Knapp, and asked for a glass of beer, placing a handful of five cent pieces upon the counter to pay for it. Mr. Kaspar pushed back the money, and Kinsley took a seat at one of the tables. He next pulled a large phial out of his pocket, drew the cork with his knife, and poured the contents into the beer until it foamed over, when he drank a portion of it, and then poured in the balance of the liquid . After drinking the last dose, he ordered another glass, but did not touch it. Leaning back in his chair, he was soon soundly asleep, at least so it appeared to the landlord, whose suspicions were not aroused until he noticed a remarkable change in Kinsley's features. Stepping up to him, he found that he was dying.
      Dr. Kasten was summoned, but it was too late to interpose his skill to save the life of the wretched man. His body was shortly after removed to the dead-house, whence it will be buried today, the coroner deeming it unnecessary to hold an inquest. The phial, marked "Laudanum," "Swift & Smith." was found in the coat-pocket where the deceased had placed it, after taking the fatal draught.
      When Kinsley was released he informed Station-keeper Watson that he would return to Portland, Maine, where he formerly resided.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 1, 1871

Schooner H.C. WINSLOW. U. S. No. 11200. Of 252.02 tons. Home port Detroit, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871

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Reason: capsized
Lives: 3
Freight: lumber
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 44.69111 Longitude: -86.25537
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H. C. Winslow (Schooner), U11200, capsized, 15 Oct 1871