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Nicholas Biddle (Schooner), capsized, 11 May 1844

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May 11 - Schooner BIDDLE, Bartholomew, master, in ballast, capsized near Cleveland; one man lost. Loss $300.
      Lake Disasters of 1844
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      February 8, 1845

On the 18th. of May the schooner NICHOLAS BIDDLE, lying under bare poles, capsized about two miles above Cleveland. The crew were all saved and the vessel subsequently recovered.
      from Hist., of the Great Lakes
      by Mansfield Vol. 1, p. 645

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We are informed by the captain of the stm. BUFFALO that the schr. N. BIDDLE was capsized in a squall, about 5 miles below, Cleveland, on Saturday evening (5/11). The BUFFALO towed the brig O. RICHMOND to her assistance.
      Daily Courier and Economist
      May 10, 1844
lake disasters. --Two schooners, the N. BIDDLE and SHAMROCK, the former bound west in ballast from this port, and the latter filled with pork, &c., for the Welland Canal, were capsized in the gust that passed over the lake on Saturday last. One hand was lost from the SHAMROCK.
By Mr. Stone of the steamer Buffalo, we learn that the brig O. RICHMOND was towed down from Cleveland to the BIDDLE for the purpose of righting her and the OTTAWA. GOV. MARCY went off from our port yesterday and towed the SHAMROCK under Pt. Abino, where she now lies. A sail vessel will be sent to secure the cargo.
      Buffalo Daily Gazette
      May 14, 1844

SCHOONER "N. BIDDLE" -- This vessel, which was capsized in the squall of last Saturday, was yesterday morning towed into port. She received no material injury in her hull, the main damage being in her light work. The steamboat COLUMBUS, Capt. Powers, on Wednesday night towed her in from the lake until she grounded some two hundred yards from the pier, from whence by the timely and efficient aid rendered by the officers and men of the Revenue Cutter, commanded by Capt. Knapp, who had fortunately arrived here, she was got into port and rendered manageable by the crew. -- Cleveland Herald, may 17.
      Buffalo Daily Gazette
      May 21, 1844

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Reason: capsized
Lives: 1
Hull damage: $300
Freight: nil
Remarks: Recovered
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
William R. McNeil
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Nicholas Biddle (Schooner), capsized, 11 May 1844