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Merchant (Schooner), aground, 1 Nov 1842

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MERCHANT Schooner, Capt. Smith, ashore at Fairport, lost two men.
      Buffalo Courier
      Nov.?. 1842
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      DISASTERS BY THE GALE. -- Our list of disasters by the late gale is extended further. The Painesville Telegraph of the 23d instant has the following:
      The storm came on so sudden that vessels, even within a mile of port were unable to reach it. Some eight or ten vessels endeavored to run into Fairport harbor, but the attempt was unsuccessful. They were forced to cast anchor outside the harbor. The schooner BEN FRANKLIN was driven on the bar a few rods from shore, about a mile below the harbor, on Friday morning. The crew were saved from perishing by the exertions of the citizens of Fairport, and were got off on Saturday afternoon. She had on board about 30 tons railroad iron, and some 250 bbls. salt
      The schooner ALLEGAN was thrown nearly high and dry on the beach, a few rods above the FRANKLIN. She had no cargo, and will probably be got off with an expense of about $300.
      The schooner GENII ( Genie ?) , after remaining at anchor and weathering the storm during Thursday night, cut her cables on Friday morning, expecting to drift ashore. But she was carried out into the lake, and the crew being in a suffering condition, hoisted signals of distress, and were blown down the lake. It is rumored she went ashore on the point some five miles below. The GENII lost two of her crew when the gale first struck her on Thursday night.
      The schooner MERCHANT was within two miles of Cleveland when the storm came on. She was capsized twice, and lost one man. She endeavored to make Fairport harbor, but did not succeed until Sunday morning. She is now in port, together with some half dozen other vessels, that were her companions in distress during the storm.
      The Buffalo Commercial of the 23d, has the following additional particulars:
      The MARSHAL NEY, reported to be lost, made the harbor at Ashtabula, and escaped without much injury.
      The TIPPICANOE also is safe at Cleveland. The N. HUBBARD, Hatch, wrecked off Conneaut, was yesterday visited by Capt. Harris, of the ISSAC SMITH, and no one found on board, the small boat gone; The vessel lay with her head down and stern out. As nothing has been heard from any of the crew, the probility is that all perished. The only names of the crew we have learned are Harlow Vosburg & --- Conklin.
      The former master of the vessel, Wilbur, left her a few weeks ago, and she has since been in charge of the mate, who is reported to be at Cleveland--he not being on board at the time of the gale.
      THE BRANDYWINE. -- We learn from Sheriffs Brown and Smith, who were officially called upon to protect the effects drifting ashore from this vessel, that she lies among the rocks about 18 miles from this city, a total wreck. A passenger named Otis Burton, of Mendon, Monroe Co., was found on board, with some $18 of Rochester money on his person. None of the crew were found. All the flour, about 120 bbls., was saved--the cargo of wheat lost.
      The names of those supposed to be lost, are Fred. Tubbs; Gen. Whittington and brother, mate and cook, Erastus Wood and another hand.
      One of the hands lost overboard from the schooner MERCHANT, was named Jacob Beazer, of this city. The name of the other man lost has not been ascertained.
      The same paper of the 24th has the following:
      The steamer CONSTELLATION, Capt. Hazard, arrived this morning from Detroit with a full cargo of flour, &c., During the gale she lay 48 hours at the Middle Sisters, with her engine crippled, but finally succeeded in getting into Detroit in safety. By her we learn that the GREAT WESTERN was hard aground on the Flats, and the WISCONSIN is similary situated in a leaky condition further up west. The brig INDIANA was aground at the foot of Hog Island, Detroit River. The brig ILLINOIS had reached the mouth of Detroit River for the upper lakes, but got aground in coming out, and was towed off by the CONSTELLATION.
      The ROCKY MOUNTAIN and COLUMBIA were loaded and bound down. ALERT, from Monroe, in ballast, lost an anchor and chain. The R. HUNTER was also towed out, and may be expected here tonight. The B. BARTON was at Detroit.
      Erie Gazette
      December 1, 1842

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      The Storm on the Lakes - asks the question: could the gale of 18th Nov. have been anticipated? The answer is yes with the use of barometers.
      Losses on the Western Lakes
      The annexed list is supposed to comprise all the vessels that have suffered material loss the past season on Lake Erie & the Western lakes. The estimated damage, being founded on public report, is not to be relied upon; but the aggregate amount is supposed to be much short of the actual loss. No estimate has been made of furniture of emigrants, or baggage of passengers. The amount of losses covered by insurance heard of is $21,725.
      Loss and Loss and Lives
In the gale of 18th Nov. Damage to vessels damage of cargoes lost

Brig 0. Richmond, ashore in Buffalo Bay $700
Schr. Jefferson, do. do. (total loss) $2,500 $600 9
Schr Walter Joy, do do $1,000 $1,000
Schr Brandywine, do do (total loss) $1,000 $800 8
Schr Lord Seaton, (Brit) do do $1,000
S.B. Chicago, ashore near Catteraugus creek $5,000 $5,000
Schr N Hubbard, near Conneaut, (total loss) $3,000 7
Schr Ben Franklin, ashore near Fairport (total loss) $2,500
Schr Alleghan, ashore near do $500
Schr Ohio, ashore near Point Abino $400
Schr Edwin Jenny, do do $1,200
Brig Frances Mills, do do $1,500 $1,200
Schr Florida, do do (total loss) $2,000 $1,483
Schr Lagure, do do, do $1,500 $2,500 6
Schr M Kingman, do do $400
Schr Mississippi, do do $400 $75
Schr Indiana, do do (total loss) $3,000 $750
Ship Milwaukie, ashore near Kalamazoo, Mich. (total loss) 10,000 7,500 7
Schr Columbus, ashore near G. River, Mich. (total loss) 2,800 2,812
Schr Florida, ashore near St. Josephs, Mich. (total loss) 3,000
Schr Bancroft, do do, (total loss) 2,700
S.B. Wisconsin near Chicago $3,000
Schr S Juneau, dismasted and drifted into Grand River, Mich $500
S B C Trowbridge, ashore near Milwaukie $3,000
Schr Herald, (Br) ashore near G. River, Canada $500
Schr H Colvin, on Lake Erie, deck loading $80
Schr John Grant, on Lake Erie, chain and anchor $100
Schr A Wilcox, on Lake Huron, deck loading $375
Schr J Richards, ashore on Point Au Barques, Lake Huron $1,000
Schr Detroit, missing no tidings, (total loss) $750 6
Schr Carolina, missing on Lake Huron, (total loss) $1,500 6
Schr Emily, (Br) missing no tidings, (total loss) $2,500 8
Schr Merchant and schr J _ , lost 1 man each 2
      $58,850 $24,27552
Sept. 8 - Schr Acorn, run down and sunk on L. Erie $4,400 $3,000
Oct. - Schr. Lodi run down and sunk on Lake Erie $500
Nov. 5 - S B Vermillion burned at Huron, Lake Erie $25,000 $5,7003
Dec. - S B Erie, cut by ice and sunk on Lake St. Clair $3,000 3
      $91,750 $52,97569
[note - these figures don't add up but are as per originals]
      [Cleveland Herald]
      Upper Canada Herald (Kingston)
      January 31, 1843 p.2

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Merchant (Schooner), aground, 1 Nov 1842