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North Carolina (Brig), capsized, 30 Jul 1837

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SHIPWRECK AND LOSS OF LIFE :--A gentleman, who left Chicago on the 1st. inst., in the Steamboat BUNKER HILL, gives us the following account: " The Brig NORTH CAROLINA sailed from Chicago on Sunday the 30th., having several passengers on board, the number not known. Several more are known to have got on board at Michigan City. On the arrival of the BUNKER HILL at Mackinaw, they learned that there was a vessel capsized upon Lake Michigan, about 40 miles distant. The BUNKER HILL immediately returned, and found the NORTH CAROLINA capsized, her sails under water, and her spars much broken. The vessel was so deep in the water that all efforts to get into the cabin were fruitless. On the return of the BUNKER HILL, two boats were despatched from Mackinaw to the wreck. Every soul on board must have perished, as the wreck was about 20 miles from the shore. There was quite a number of passengers on board the NORTH CAROLINA, according to our informant. P.S. We have since learned that the BUNKER HILL towed the wreck a few miles. Fifteen lives are supposed to have been lost.
      Daily Herald & Gazette, Cleveland
      Friday, August 7, 1837


from the Buffalo Commercial Advertiser--Brig NORTH CAROLINA by the following letter from our attentive correspondent, we are glad to learn, that the loss of life by the shipwreck of the NORTH CAROLINA is much less than was reported.
      Chicago, August 4, 1837
      Gent.--The Barque DETROIT arrived in port today having on board the Captain, Mate and four of the crew of the Brig NORTH CAROLINA, whom they picked up at sea. The Brig, it appears after undergoing slight repairs here, left a short time since for the lower lakes - was struck by a squall a few days after, at about 8 o'clock P.M. and capsized. The Captain and five others saved themselves by climbing up on her bottom, The cook and one passenger were drowned. She had no freight or ballast.
      Yours D.
      Daily Herald & Gazette, Cleveland
      Wednesday, August 16, 1837


      The Brig NORTH CAROLINA, which capsized and sunk some weeks since in Lake Michigan, has since been raised, with very little damage, and at a trifling cost.--Buffalo Journal
      Daily Herald & Gazette, Cleveland
      Thursday, September 14, 1837

{Advert} FOR THE UPPER LAKES:-- The fast sailing brig NORTH CAROLINA, C.W. Newall, Master, will leave this port for Mackinac, Cheboygan, Milwaukee and Chicago on Tuesday 28th May.
For opassage or freight apply to R. Winslow & Co.
      Daily Herald & Gazette, Cleveland
      Monday, May 21, 1838 2:5

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Reason: capsized
Lives: 2
Freight: nil
Remarks: Recovered
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.68473 Longitude: -86.53036
William R. McNeil
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North Carolina (Brig), capsized, 30 Jul 1837