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Walter Joy (Schooner), aground, 15 Nov 1842


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Vessels ashore on the American side of Lake Erie during the big storm of November 14, 15, & 16th, 1842. Schooner W. JOY ashore between Sturgeon Point and Cattaraugus Creek.
      Cleveland Plain Dealer
      November 30, 1842 p.2 col.2 & 3

      . . . . .

      The schr. WALTER JOY, Capt. Lacy, went ashore about the same time, near the
OLIVE RICHMOND, (Sturgeon Point; with a deck load of flour, which will be partly lost, but the vessel will be got off with trifiling injury.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 19, 1842

      . . . . .

      Losses By The November Gale - We have several times attempted to complete a statement of losses by the destructive gale upon the lakes in November last, but not being able to obtain such data as we could wish, we have deferred presenting a statement until today, when we are enabled to do so through the aid of the Cleveland Herald. The loss of life and property is appalling, and having made such corrections in the original table as we could obtain; it is submitted. Sixty-four lives are accounted for, but it is generally believed that from 80 to 100 persons were lost. In the total loss is also omitted the estimated injury to sails, rigging, spars, boats, &c. which were not less than $5,000 or $8,000.
      The annexed list is supposed to comprise all the vessels that have suffered material loss on Lake Erie and the western lakes. The estimated damage being founded on public report, is not to be relied upon; but the aggregate amount is supposed to be much short of the actual loss. No estimates have been made of furniture of emigrants, or baggage of passengers. The amount of losses covered by insurance cannot be ascertained.
      In the gale of 18th Nov. Losses and Loss and
      damage to damage of Lives
      vessels cargoes lost
Brig O. RICHMOND, ashore in
      Buffalo Bay $700 - -
Schr. JEFFERSON, do. $1,000 $700 9
Schr. WALTER JOY, do. $1,000 $1,100 -
Schr. BRANDYWINE, do. total loss $1,000 $800 8
Schr. LORD SEATON, do, (British) $1,000 - -
Stmr. CHICAGO, ashore near Cattaraugus
      Creek. $5,000 $5,000 -
Schr. N. HUBBARD, near Conneaut, total
      loss $3,000 - 7
Schr. BEN FRANKLIN, ashore near
      Fairport, total loss $2,000 $2,000 -
Schr. ALLEGAN, ashore, do. $500 - -
Schr. OHIO, ashore near Pt. Abino $400 - -
Schr. E, JENNEY, do. $1,700 - 1
Brig FRANCIS MILLS, do. $1.500 $1,200 -
Schr. FLORIDA, do. total loss $2,500 $1,483 -
Schr. LIGURE , do. do. $1,500 $ 2,500 6
Schr. M. KINGMAN do. $400 - -
Schr. MISSISSIPPI do. $400 $75 -
Schr. INDIANA, do. total loss $3,000 $750 -
Ship MILWAUKIE, ashore near
      Kalamazoo, Mi., total loss $10,000 $7,500 10
Schr. COLUMBUS, ashore near Grand
      River, Mi., total loss $2,800 $4,000 -
Schr. FLORIDA, ashore near St, Joseph,
      total loss $3,000 - -
Schr. BANCROFT, do. total loss $3,000 - -
Stmr. WISCONSIN, near Chicago $3,000 - -
Schr. S. JUNEAU, dismasted and drifted
      into Grand River, Mi. $500 - -
Stmr. C. TROWBRIDGE, ashore near
      Milwaukie $3,000 - -
Schr. HERALD, (British) ashore near
      Grand River, Canada $$500 - -
Schr. H. COLVIN, on Lake Erie,
      deck loading - $80 -
Schr. JOHN GRANT, on Lake Erie,
      chain and anchor - $100 -
Schr. A. WILCOX, on Lake Huron,
      deck loading - $375 -
Schr. J. RICHARDS, ashore on Point
      Au Barques, Lake Huron $1,000 - -
Schr. DETROIT, missing, no tidings,
      (total loss) $750 - 6
Schr. CAROLINE, missing on Lake
      Huron, total loss $1,500 - 6
Schr. EMILY (British) missing, no tidings,
      (total loss) $2,500 - 8
Schr. MERCHANT, and schr. JUNA lost
      one men each - - 2
      -------------- ------------- --------
      $38,150 $25,613 62
Sept. 8 - Schr. ACORN, run down
      and sunk on Lake Erie $4,400 $3,000 1
Oct. - Schr. LODI, run down and
      sunk on Lake Erie $500 - -
Nov. 5 - Stmr. VERMILLION burned at
      Huron, Lake Erie $25,000 $5,700 3
Dec. - Stmr. ERIE, cut by ice and sunk
      on Lake St. Clair $3,000 - 3
      -------------- ---------- ------
      $81,050 $33,313 69
      The information in regards to the losses upon the upper lakes is quite vague, and we think much greater than given above. Yet in the absence of something more authentic it must go forward.
      The loss of life and property upon Lake Michigan by wreck of vessels and the like were as follows.
      Year Lives Vessels Loss of property
1834 1 2 $37,500
1835 53 11 $178,500
1836 4 5 $298,750
1837 - 9 $171,400
1838 1 8 $78,000
1839 33 13 $111,800
1840 1 3 $31,000
1841 25 28 $145,000
      ------ ----- ---------------
      Total 118 89 $1,052,45
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 18, 1843
     
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Notes:
Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: flour &c.
Remarks: Got off
Date of Original:
1842
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Local identifier:
McN.W.11376
Language of Item:
English
  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.69089 Longitude: -79.04754
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Walter Joy (Schooner), aground, 15 Nov 1842