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Freedom (Schooner), capsized, 6 May 1844


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May 6 - Schooner FREEDOM, Ward, master, capsized on Lake Huron, master and two others lost.
      Lake Disasters of 1844
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      February 8, 1845


"On May 4th, the schooner FREEDOM, Captain Ward, capsized 15 miles above Fort Gratiot lighthouse and three miles off shore. There were six persons on board, three of whom were drowned. The vessel was loaded with lumber and shingles."
from Hist., of the Great Lakes
      by Mansfield Vol.1, p.645



      We have just learned that the schooner FREEDOM, Capt. Ward, capsized during a squall on Lake Huron, about I:00 today, when she was about 15 miles above Fort Gratior lighthouse and 3 miles from shore. There were 6 persons on board at the time, 3 of whom were drowned. The names of the persons lost were John Wright, and ---- Brown of Newport. They were all young men under 20 years of age.
The FEEDOM was owned by Z, Wright of Lexington, and was loaded with shingles and bound for Detroit. She turned completely over, but will be raised with but little damage, ------ Lake Huron Observer.
      Since the following was in type, we have seen Capt. Ward, who arrived here with the schooner on Wednesday, and was able to correct the above in 1 or 2 particulars.
The disaster occurred about 12 miles from the Fort Gratiot Iighthouse, on Friday last. The names of those drowned are John Wright and John Herrick of Lexington, and Oliver Taylor of Algonac, Wright being a boy of 14 only. The survivors after being out for 5 1/2 hours were picked up by Jason and David Wildes, of St, Clair county, who deserve great credit for their generous succor amid no little danger. The schr. BALTIC, Capt. Newell, was lying off at some distance, but failed to recognise the signal of distress. Two of the persons lost sank almost immediately, but the third Herrick, caught hold of one of the survivors and was borne along for some distance when finding both would be drowned, he voluntarily released his grasp with a heroism that would have conferred mortality, if performed on a gander scene. - Detroit Adv.
      Daily Courier & Economist
      May 10, 1844
     


DISASTER. - The schooner FREEDOM, Capt. Ward, capsized during a squall on Lake Huron, about one o'clock Tuesday, when she was about 15 miles above Fort Gratiot lighthouse and 3 miles from shore. There was six persons on board at the time, of whom three were drowned. The names of the persons lost were John Wright, --- Taylor, and --- Brown, of Newport. They were all young men, under 20 years of age.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 11, 1844

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We have just learned that the schooner FREEDOM, Capt. Ward, capsized during a squall on Lake Huron, about 0ne o'clock today, when she was about fifteen miles above the Fort Gratiot lighthouse and three miles from shore. There were six persons on board at the time, three of whom were drowned. The names of the persons lost were John Wright, -- Taylor, and - - Brown, of Newport. They were all young men, under 20 years of age.
      The FREEDOM was owned by Z. Wright, Esq., of Lexington, and was loaded with shingles and bound for Detroit. She turned completely over, but will be raised with but little damage. --- Lake Huron Observer, 29th.
      Buffalo Daily Gazette
      May 12, 1844
     
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The Detroit Advertiser says the names of the persons lost by the capsizing of the schooner FREEDOM, on Lake Huron, noticed in Saturday's paper, are John Wright and John Herrick, of Lexington, and Oliver Taylor, of Algonac - Wright being a boy of 14 only. The survivors after being out about three and a half hours, were picked up by Jason and David Wildes, of St. Clair county, who deserve great credit for their generous succor amid no little danger. The schooner BALTIC, Capt. Newall, was lying off some distance, but failed to recognize the signal of distress. Two of the persons lost sank almost immediately, but the third, Herrick, caught hold of one of the survivors and was borne along for some distance when finding that both would be drowned, he voluntarily released his grasp with a heroism that would have immortality, if performed, on a grander scene.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 13, 1844


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Reason: capsized
Lives: 3
Remarks: Recovered ??
Date of Original:
1844
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McN.W.10562
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.640833 Longitude: -81.768055
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William R. McNeil
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Freedom (Schooner), capsized, 6 May 1844