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Chicago (Brig), capsized, 13 Oct 1851

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The Brig CHICAGO, Capt. Napier, which cleared on Saturday for Chicago in ballast, was capsized about 4 o'clock yesterday morning by a sudden squall, about 90 miles from this port and nearly in the middle of the lake, and we regret to hear that John Fuloch, 1st. Mate, W.L. Reed, 2nd. Mate and John Carver seaman were lost. The Schooner HOME, Capt. Jeffords, bound for this port, fell in with the wreck about 10 o'clock and took off Capt. Napier and the balance of the crew and brought them to port. Capt. Napier informs us that when taken off himself and the men were nearly exhausted, and could have held out, but a short time longer. The first mate belonged to Cleveland, where he had a young wife, having been married but a short time. The 2nd. mate resided at Chicago, and he also leaves a young wife, having been married but a few months. Young Carver was a single man and belonged at Chicago. The vessel was owned by Tom Dyer of Chicago, and was insured for $6,000 equally in the Buffalo Mutual and North Western of Oswego.
At dark last evening the wind was blowing a gale from the west, and no boats left port.
      Morning Express, Buffalo
      Tuesday, October 14, 1851

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MARINE DISASTERS -- LOSS OF LIFE. -- A gale sprang up night before last which we fear has caused much damage, but as it still continues in all its fury, we are without much intelligence from the west.
The schooner HOME, Capt. Jeffords, arrived yesterday afternoon having on board Capt. Napier and a portion of the crew of the fine brig CHICAGO. From Capt. Napier we learn that a squall struck his vessel about four o'clock yesterday morning when off Long Point, about 90 miles from this port, which completely capsized her in less than 5 minutes, giving her crew no time to clear away her yawl or make any effort to right her. The captain and one of the others succeeded in getting on to her keel, where by knotting their clothing together for a line, they hauled up the remainder of the crew, with the exception of John Tuloch, 1st. mate, Wm. L. Reed 2nd. Mate, and John Carver, seaman, who had become so much exhausted clinging to the vessel, that when they let go their hold to get within reach of the line and thus reach the vessel's keel, they sank almost immediately and were seen no more. The 1st. mate resided in Cleveland, and leaves a young wife, to whom he had been married but a short time. The 2nd. mate was also married a few days since, and leaves his wife at Chicago where they resided. Carver was also from Chicago.
      The CHICAGO is owned by Thomas Dyer of Chicago and was insured for $6,000, equally in the Buffalo Mutual and North-Western Companies.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Tuesday, October 14, 1851

CHICAGO Brig, capsized near Long Point, Oct. 13, 1851. Total loss with three men. Property loss $8,000.
      Disasters on the Lakes in 1851
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 2, 1852

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Reason: capsized
Lives: 3
Hull damage: $8,000
Freight: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.555833 Longitude: -80.197222
William R. McNeil
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Chicago (Brig), capsized, 13 Oct 1851