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Anawan (Scow), capsized, 11 Dec 1851

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ANAWAN Scow, capsized off Huron, a total loss with 5 lives. Property loss $1,600. Dec. 11, 1851
      Disasters on the Lakes in 1851
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser. Jan. 2, 1852

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      Reported Loss Of The Scow ANAWAN, And Five Persons.
Mr. Jeremiah Luddington, of Euclid, owner of the Scow ANAWAN, informs me that the Scow, in command of his son, Lewis Luddington, and having on board George Freer; John Moore and wife, and two men whose names he did not learn, left Kelly's Island for Cleveland, Thursday night last, and at four o'clock Friday morning, capsized off Huron River, eight or ten miles from shore.
The crew took to the yawl boat, the wind being S.W., until four o'clock P.M., and after that from the N.W., and about eight o'clock Friday evening they made Cleveland, but the yawl striking the piles, near Stokley's Pier, Freer sprang from the boat, leaving the others on board, who have not since been heard from.
Such is the story of George Freer, who on Friday night, came cold and speechless, to the house of an Irish family, near the Pier. As soon as he could make himself understood, the family proposed seeking the others, but he objected, saying they were all lost. Freer did not seek Mr. Luddington, nor inform him of the loss of the Scow until Monday.
      The story, as related, is improbable, but Mr. Luddington says that the ANAWAN is missing, and that Freer was one of the crew:- Cleveland Herald 18th.
      Morning Express, Buffalo
      Tuesday, December 23, 1851

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Reason: capsized
Lives: 5
Hull damage: $1,600
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.39505 Longitude: -82.55517
William R. McNeil
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Anawan (Scow), capsized, 11 Dec 1851