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Young Lion (Schooner), sunk, 6 Jul 1836

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      Erie, Pa. July 13, 1836
      The Schooner YOUNG LYON, Capt. Moran, bound for Maumee with a cargo of rail road iron, sprung a leak on Wednesday last about one o'clock, when about ten miles above this port, and six miles from shore, and so great was the leak, that with all the diligence which could be used to counteract it, the vessel sunk in about half an hour after it was first discovered, and before the hands were enabled to lower the small boat. Eight persons were on board, of whom three, including the Mate have not since been heard from, and are unquestionably drowned. The other five remained swimming in the water a few minutes when the vessel righted up so as to leave a portion of her masts out of the water to which they attached themselves, and remained until morning, when they were take off by the crew of the Schooner NEW YORK, which had heard the cries of distress during the night, but not being able to ascertain the point, cast anchor and remained there until daylight. The cause and character of the leak could not be ascertained, but it was supposed that the butt of a plank had sprung off. - Observer.
      Cleveland Weekly Advertiser
      Thursday, July 21, 1836

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      The Buffalo papers state that on the 6th. inst., about midnight, the schr. YOUNG LION, Capt. Moran, bound to Toledo with railroad iron and lumber, when about 12 miles from Erie during a hard blow, sprung a leak and sunk in a few moments. Eight persons belonging to the vessel were on board, three of whom, the mate, cook and one of the hands, were lost. The remaining five, including the Captain, saved themselves by clinging to the top mast, about 8 feet of which was above the water, where they remained about 8 hours, when they were fortunately seen and relieved by the schr. NEW YORK. The schr. YOUNG LION is
owned by Smith, May and Russell.
      Democratic Free Press (Detroit)
      July 27, 1836 1-3

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 3
Freight: R/R.iron, lumber
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Pennsylvania, United States
    Latitude: 42.12922 Longitude: -80.08506
William R. McNeil
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Young Lion (Schooner), sunk, 6 Jul 1836