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Ceres (Schooner), sunk, 28 Aug 1837

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MELANCHOLY SHIPWRECK - During the squall on the 28th, a schooner was sunk off the mouth of the Chagrin River, about 4 miles. The masts have been discovered in about 60 feet of water, and no doubt every person on board found a watery grave. The schooner is supposed to be the CERES from Oswego, laden with salt and iron, bound to this port. We learn by the Painesville Telegraph, of the 8th. inst, that the bodies of three persons, supposed to have been drowned by the sinking of the schooner, have floated ashore. The wallet of one contained a receipted bill made to Isaac Coolidge, by Robinson, White & Williams. Another had the letters W. S. B. in India Ink, on the right wrist, and anchor on the left hand. The third was apparently a boy, about 16 years of age. No clue to his name.
      Daily Herald & Gazette, Cleveland
      Monday, September 11, 1837


THE SHIPWRECK --The CERES, Capt. Morris, wrecked and sunk off Chagrin in the gale of the 23rd., sailed from Oswego on the 11th., bound to Sandusky, laden with merchandise, salt and pig iron, and manned by a crew of six persons including the Master. All on board must have perished, and we learn the bodies of five persons recognized as belonging to the unfortunate craft, have floated ashore. The Oswego Herald says the CERES was owned by Messrs Lancing & Weed of Oswego, and insured for $1,750. No insurance on cargo.
      Daily Herald & Gazette, Cleveland
      Thursday, September 21, 1837
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      SHIPWRECK. -- We feel pained to learn that the schooner CERES, Capt. Morris, which sailed from this port on the 11th, ult., for Sandusky, Ohio, with a cargo of merchandize, salt and pig iron, was lost on Lake Erie, in the gale of the 23d, and all hands on board perished. She was owned by Messrs. Lansing & Weed, of this village, and was insured by the North Western Insurance Company of Oswego for $1,750. There was no insurance on the cargo, (300 barrels of salt, worth about $450, and about $1,000 in value in pig iron, &c) There were on board six persons, the bodies of four of whom have been picked up on shore near Grand River. We have learned the names of but three persons on board, viz: L. Morris, Capt.; Wm. S. Black, mate; J. Coolidge, cook. ---- Oswego Advertiser.
      LAKE DISASTER. -- On Saturday last the dead body of a man by the name of Mitchel was found on the beach near Euclid, supposed to have been lost off the steamboat CONSTITUTION. On the same day a schooner was discovered sunk about one mile below the mouth of the Chagrin River, five miles from shore with her masts about 20 feet out of water. It is supposed to be the "GEN. HOUSTIN." from Lake Ontario, owned at Oswego, N. Y., as an oar has come to land marked " G. Houston." No doubt she was lost in the thunder storm last week, and that all on board perished. Three bodies have been found on the beach adjacent the wreck. In the pocket of one of them was found a paper purporting to be a bill of account against Issac Coolidge, embracing also an account against Lake A. White. The bill was in favor of, and receipted by Robinson, White & Williams, and dated 14th. June, 1837.
      One of them had no papers about him, but had an anchor marked on his left hand, and on his right, the letters "W. S. B." with India ink. The two last were supposed to be each about 25 years of age. The other was a lad about 16 years of age, with a blue roundabout, and horn buttons buttoned up close.
      We understand that efforts are being made to raise the vessel and if their exertions are attended with success, something further will be ascertained in regard to the vessel and her crew. --- Painesville Republic, Sept. 7.
      Erie Observer
      September 23, 1837

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 6
Freight: iron & salt
Remarks: Total loss
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    Latitude: 41.67755 Longitude: -81.43761
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Ceres (Schooner), sunk, 28 Aug 1837