The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 30 Aug, 1863, page 1

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NAVIGATION A CENTURY AGO. - A correspondent of the Buffalo Commercial Advertiser sends to it the following reminiscence of what was transacted on the lakes on the 28th of August, 1763:

"August 28, 1763, the sloop Beaver was lost at 'Cat Fish creek, fourteen miles up Lake Erie.' Her guns and cargo were all lost, except 185 barrels of provisions which were saved and taken to Detroit in the schooner Gladwin*. These vessels left Detroit on the 13th of August to procure troops and supplies for the Fort, then beseiged by Pontiac. On the 23d of August they arrived at Fort Erie. On the 3d of September the Gladwin arrived at Detroit with 160 bbls. Pork and 47 bbls. Flour. This pork and flour came from New York by way of Oswego and Niagara and was carted around the falls over the road built by Stedman and finished June 20, 1763. In the Detroit river she was attacked 340 Indians embarked in canoes, who cut her cable, tried to cut holes in her stern, killed Capt. Horsey and another, wounded four of her crew, and were leaping over the bulwarks, when Jacobs, the mate, called out to blow up the schooner. This desperate command being understood by the Indians, they fled with the loss of 8 killed and 20 wounded.

Sept. 11, 1864, the Gladwin, Capt. St. Clair, sailed for "Macinaw."

In 1768 the Gladwin left Macinaw for Detroit with Captain J. Carver on board, who says the Gladwin was a vessel of about 80 tons burthen, and was lost, with all her crew, on Lake Erie, through the obstinacy of her commander, who could not be prevailed upon to take ballast. This subsequent to 1771. I cannot ascertain where these vessels were built. The guns and anchor found on Ingersoll farm at 18 mile creek, an account of which was published in the Commercial Advertiser, Jan 26, 1848, were probably those of the Beaver. Mr. Turner, in his history of the Holland Purchase, says there is no record of any vessel being wrecked at this place previous to 1805."

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Column 3 *usually spelled GLADWYN
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30 Aug, 1863
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 30 Aug, 1863, page 1