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Sylph (Schooner), aground, 12 May 1824


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SHIPWRECK----During the gale on the night of Wednesday the 12th. inst. the schooner SYLPH, Captain Haskins, of Sandusky, was wrecked near the Islands. There were five persons on board besides the captain, all of whom perished. Some of the bodies were found, and carried into Sandusky for internment, on Sunday morning last.
      Cleaveland Weekly Herald
      Friday, May 21, 1824

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      WRECK OF THE SYLPH. -- The small schooner rigged vessel, SYLPH, owned and commanded by Capt. Henry Haskins, sailed on the evening of the 12th inst. from Sandusky for this place. Her lading was light, consisting of a few barrels and a quantity of wooden bowls. Shortly after she left harbor a very severe gale arose; and on Sunday last it was discovered that the SYLPH had been wrecked upon the island called the North Bass, about 30 miles from Sandusky. There were on board the SYLPH at the time she sailed, besides Mr. Haskin and his son, a man who belonged to the state of Ohio, and a woman and her infant child, all of whom perished. All the bodies have been found excepting the woman's. It is supposed that the SYLPH capsized when she was some distance from the Island, as some part of her lading was found scattered along on both its sides. We have not learnt the names of the man and woman who were drowned. Mr. Haskins was much esteemed for his industry and punctually in business.
      Detroit Gazette
      May 21, 1824

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      Sandusky, May 19.
      MELANCHOLY SHIPWRECK. -- The schooner SYLPH, Harry Haskin master and owner, sailed from the port on Wednesday the 12th inst. about 12 o'clock, for Detroit, with two barrels of whiskey, a wagon load of wooden dishes, and three passengers, besides his brother Charles, who assisted in the management of the vessel. In the afternoon a gale commenced from the north-west, which in the night became tempestuous; yet, no apprehensions were entertained for its safety, as its commander was a good seaman, and as the numerous islands between this place and Detroit, it was supposed would afford a secure retreat from almost any storm. But in the evening of the 14th, two men arrived at this place in a skiff, with the distressing intelligence, that the SYLPH was wrecked on North Bass Island, and that every person on board was lost! They also informed that the bodies of 4 persons, viz. Harry and Charles Haskin, a man whose name is supposed to be ----- Roberts, of Florence, in this county; and a child about a year old, belonging to a Mrs. Hunter, who went on board at this place, had been found and buried.
      On Saturday morning, a number of men, accompanied by L. Haskin, brother of the deceased, left this place in the schooner FOX, Capt. Green, for the Island, and returned in the night, bringing the bodies of the Messrs. Haskin's, the sails and rigging, and all that could be saved from the wreck of the vessel. The funeral of the two brothers was attended on the following day, by their afflicted relatives, and a respectable concourse of deeply sympathizing acquaintances and friends. Harry Haskin was 23 years of age and Charles 17 --they were both promising young men.
      Mrs. Hunter, the mother of the child above mentioned, has not been found. It is said that she formerly resided near this place, was originally from Schoharie, N. Y., and recently from Buffalo.
      We are informed that the wreck exhibited a frightful appearance, on the morning of the 13th, when it was first discovered by the family of Mr. Martin, whose house was but a few rods distant. The hull lay in two or three feet water, the stern beat in, and both masts carried away--the foremast broken in two places. The cable was coiled on the bow, and the anchor hung in its proper place. The sails were double reefed, but had not been lowered away, and together with the spars, were hanging to the wreck.
      The captain was hanging lifeless across a rope with his head and feet over the bow, and the person who owned the wooden dishes, and whose name is supposed to be Roberts, was found in the hold, under a barrel of whiskey. It is supposed that the woman was lost before the vessel went ashore; and that Charles attempted to save himself and the child, but was exhausted by the violence of the waves, as they were found on shore, but a few yards apart, about fifty rods from the wreck.. ---- Clarion
      Detroit Gazette
      May 28, 1824

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Reason: aground
Lives: 6
Remarks: Total loss
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1824
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McN.W.11936
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English
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William R. McNeil
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Sylph (Schooner), aground, 12 May 1824