The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Big Z (Schooner), sunk, 22 Sep 1849

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Schooner BIG Z., bound from Toledo to Buffalo, September 22, 1849, in trying to make Cleveland Harbor, struck the East pier and sunk inside. Cargo 7,000 bu. corn.
      Casualty List for 1849
      Erik Hyle's private papers

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      The Storm Saturday Night.
It blew wildly on Saturday night, a little after nine. At six the sky was clear. At seven the moon was out bright, and the stars shone out beautifully; yet there was that, above and around, which made the observer say, "there is a storm brewing."
At eight black patches of cloud, loose and ragged, floated along the sky; they thickened aand spread until, a little after nine, the sky was nearly covered; and the blast came over the lake, and upon the city, with the fury of a wild storm. The wind roared as if it had voices to terrify, and for an hour blew with an angry power.
      A little after ten rain fell, and the fury of the storm eas over. But all day yesterday the weather was unpleasant, and the wind high and gusty. We fear for vessels on the lake. The schr. BIG Z. on entering the harbor at midnight on Saturday, struck the bar, and pier and sunk.
      She had on board7,000 bushels of corn, and was from Toledo, bound to Buffalo. She now lies right across the river at the foot of Bath street. Today they are attempting to raise her.
      The Daily True Democrat
      Monday, September 24, 1849

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      The Cleveland Plaindealer notices several disasters that occurred on Saturday evening and Sunday. The gale commenced on Saturday morning and still continues: The schooner "BIG Z." loaded with corn -- 7,000 bushels -- from Toledo, came into that port during the height of the gale, and brought up against the west pier, carrying away her bowsprit. She then passed off and ran her stern against the east pier, this stove a hole which caused her to sink in few minutes afterwards at the foot of Bath Street, where she now lies, crosswise of the channel. She was from Silver Creek, and owned, we believe, by H.M. Kinne of Buffalo. The corn is said to belong to the Hollisters. Efforts are making to raise her, as she Obstructs the navigation of the river.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      September 26, 1849

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: corn
Remarks: Raised
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
William R. McNeil
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Big Z (Schooner), sunk, 22 Sep 1849