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Outward Bound (Schooner), sunk, 17 Apr 1849

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OUTWARD BOUND Schooner, with a cargo of wheat reported lost with all hands on lake Michigan, in the gale of the 17th. April 1849.
      Casualty List for 1849
      Erik Hyle's private papers

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      Schooner OUTWARD BOUND, foundered on lake Michigan; loss of vessel, cargo and
      crew - 10 ..... Loss $17,000.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Thursday, January 3, 1850 ( extracted from list)

      MARINE DISASTER. -- By a telegraphic despatch received in this city last evening from Chicago, we learn that the schooner OUTWARD BOUND sunk about four miles out from Chicago, and all hands perished. She was seen by the crew of the schooner TEMPEST when she went down.
      Buffalo Daily Republic.
      April 27, 1849
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      MARINE DISASTERS. -- Considerable anxiety has been felt in relation to the persons known to have been on board the schooner OUTWARD BOUND, which vessel it will be recollected was lost near the Manitou Islands, on the 17th. inst., with all on board. The disaster was witnessed by persons on board the schooner TEMPEST, and the captain of the latter vessel reports that he saw the schooner OUTWARD BOUND on the 17th. of April near the Manitou Islands, with a signal of distress flying--ensign set--union down--and that he immediately stood towards her. It was blowing a very heavy gale of wind, snowing and weather extremely cold, and the vessel making ice very fast. He approached near enough to distinguish the people on board, all of whom were gathered aft on the quarter, and counted them, -- ten in number, including the captain's wife. When he was within 30 rods of the ill-fated vessel, she went down and all hands perished. She went down bodily, fore and aft, the last vestage he saw of her being the head of the jib. He saw no one on the surface of the water after she sank. The probability is that the suction of the vessel drew them all down with her. The OUTWARD BOUND was commanded by Capt. Churchill.-- Last year he sailed the brig OLIVE RICHMOND. He was a good sailor and a smart, active man, and very much esteemed by all who knew him. His wife was aboard and perished with him.
      The OUTWARD BOUND was a good vessel of 260 tons burthen, three years old this summer. She was owned by Richmond & Co.,of Chicago, and her cargo consisted of 270 barrels of pork, 30 barrels beef, 940 bbls flour, and 4,200 bushels of wheat. Both vessel and cargo were insured.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday, April 30, 1849 p.2

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THE OUTWARD BOUND - LATER NEWS. - The schooner BALTIC at Milwaukee, and the LARNED at Racine from Manistee, bring the following news in relation to this ill-fated vessel:-
      The crew of the TEMPEST states that they sailed in company with the OUTWARD BOUND - that when a few miles distant, and off the Sleeping Bear, she was observed to hoist a signal of distress, when the TEMPEST immediately bore down for her. When about a half mile distant, however, the OUTWARD BOUND went down with all on board. The TEMPEST had run so far to leeward, to assist the OUTWARD BOUND, with the wind blowing fresh, that she was driven on shore, with loss of cargo. She has since been got off.
      It will be recollected the news of the TEMPEST going ashore reached here some days since. Mr. Pierce, brother to Capt. Pierce of the GENESEE CHIEF, was on board the OUTWARD BOUND. She was loaded with 4,000 bu of wheat from Richmond & Co., her owners, some flour for Ely & Co.; and 300 bbls of provisions from Mosier & Clapp, all of which was insured. The vessel was insured for $4,000, but two-thirds her value. - Chicago Dem. 23.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Thursday, May 3, 1849

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The following account of the loss of the Schr. OUTWARD BOUND is from an affidavit of Capt. Slauson of the schooner TEMPEST. The vessels were together on the night of April 16. (?)
At about 12 o'clock M. on the night of the 19th. The wind changed to N. N. West, blowing a tremendous gale and accompanied with a thick snow without any cessation, so that it was seldom possible to see a half mile distant. At about half past four o'clock he discovered as near as he could judge about 30 rods to the leeward the schooner OUTWARD BOUND, with a signal of distress hoisted. She was lying in the troughs of the sea rolling heavily and careening partially on her side to the leeward, and appeared to be rapidly sinking. One man was aloft in her fore rigging and the rest of the crew were on the quarter deck, all making signals of distress and by signs and gesticulations imploring aid.
In a very short time, perhaps three to five minutes, she went down and every soul on board disappeared. A few minutes after, a man aloft on the TEMPEST observed her yawl boat a little distance to the windward of the TEMPEST, bottom upwards. The weather was so intensely cold that the man aloft had both hands frozen in a few minutes. The rigging of the TEMPEST was completely enveloped in ice, which rendered her well nigh unmanageable. The OUTWARD BOUND had no sail set but her jib, and was heading eastward.
The TEMPEST afterward went ashore on a point near the Sleeping Bear.
      Cleveland, Daily True Democrat
      Friday, May 11, 1849

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 10
Hull damage: $17,000
Cargo: included
Freight: wheat, beef &c.
Remarks: Total loss
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Outward Bound (Schooner), sunk, 17 Apr 1849