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President (Schooner), capsized, 4 Sep 1836

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It is feared that a vessel was lost not far below, the night before last. A box was driven ashore sometime yesterday, a few miles below, pretty muck broken to pieces, containing a Piano Forte, directed to Portsmouth, Ohio, for a gentleman in Cincinnati. We understand the vessel BUFFALO, for this port, was passed before the gale, and was expected in, a day or two ago, but has not been heard from.
      Cleveland Weekly Advertiser
      Thursday, September 8, 1836

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      Since the above was in type, we learn that the articles spoken of above, with numerous other articles which floated ashore yesterday, were from the Schooner PRESIDENT, which was wrecked on Monday afternoon. We have just conversed with the captain, William Kennedy, who with one of his hands were taken from the wreck this morning, by the Steamboat UNCLE SAM, and who states that the vessel capsized during the gale, about three o'clock on Monday afternoon. There were six persons on board at the time--four of whom were drowned. The names of those who perished, are Henry Ford, Jacob Jones, a mulatto, a man whose name was unknown, and a lad named Lucius Cannon. The Schooner lies about five miles out from this city in the Lake -- the captain states that three vessels passed near the wreck without discovering it -- one within 20 or 30 rods, but an hour or two after the vessel capsized. As might be expected, the surviving hands were nearly exhausted -- having remained on the wreck about 50 hours without sustenance, and the weather extremely cold for the season. It is supposed that the vessel and a part of the cargo may be saved.--Gazette of Yesterday.
      Cleveland Weekly Advertiser
      Thursday, September 8, 1836

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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
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President (Schooner), capsized, 4 Sep 1836