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Erie (Schooner), aground, 6 Sep 1823

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SEVERE GALE. -- On the 7th inst. a strong wind commenced from the northeast which occasioned several disasters on the lakes. By the Cleaveland Herald we learn that the schooner ERIE was thrown upon her beam ends off Vermillion river, that she righted after some of her spars were cut away, and that she was afterwrds driven on shore six miles above the mouth of that river. By the Herald we also learn that the schr. WIDOW'S SON was driven on shore at Grand river.
      The schr. DREAD left Buffalo for this place a few hours before the gale commenced with upwards of 30 emigrants, principally from Ontario County, N, Y. and from the rumors which went abroad on the arrival of the Steam-Boat last Tuesday, we were under the painful apprehension that she had been lost---On Wednesday, however, information arrived that she was driven on shore at Long Point. We have not heard that any lives have been lost in the above disasters.
      Detroit Gazette
      September 9, 1822

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      We have seldom known a more severe rain storm than was experienced here on Sunday last. The wind was north-east, and blew violently through the afternoon and during the night. The schooner ERIE, Capt. Pease, which left here for Buffalo on Friday, was driven back before she reached port, and was capsized off Vermillion River, about 40 miles above this; after cutting away some of her spars, &c. she righted, and drove ashore six miles above the mouth of the river. Fortunately no lives were lost.
      Cleaveland Weekly Herald
      Thursday, Sept. 11, 1823

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      Black Rock, Sept.11.
By passengers in the steam boat, just arrived, we learn that the schooner ERIE, Capt. Pease, belonging to S. Thompson & Co.,of this port, was capsized by a sudden squall on Sunday last at 2 o'clock P.M. while nearly in the middle of Lake Erie. She had 13 or 14 passengers on board, among whom were Mrs. Barton and two children, and a daughter of Mr. S. Thompson, all of this place. By the great exertions of the captain, and passengers, she was again righted, after cutting away her spars, and shifting her ballast; and at a little past sunset was unfortunately driven on shore near the Huron River, a few miles only, west of the iron bound shore. The passengers were all saved, and it is expected that the vessel will be got off. They gave great credit to Captain Pease and his men for their promptitude and coolness in righting the vessel, and speak in terms of the warmest gratitude of a young gentleman by the name of Brewster, who was a fellow passenger, and a son of Judge Brewster of Monroe County, not only for his zeal and alacrity in helping to recover the vessel, but for his great kindness and attention to the ladies and children on board. Captain Rogers hearing of this disaster, with his characteristic humanity, called at Cleveland to inquire into the circumstances and has brought the sufferers to Buffalo.
      Cleaveland Weekly Herald
      Thursday, October 2, 1823

NOTE: The wreck of the ERIE PACKET (seperate casualty, Nov. 1823) sounds very much like the same casualty as the one above ???

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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.39505 Longitude: -82.55517
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Erie (Schooner), aground, 6 Sep 1823