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Morning Star (Schooner), aground & capsized, 30 Apr 1826


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THE MORNING STAR. -- This little schooner, owned by the master, Capt. Castello, of Sandusky, was found adrift by a British boat, last week, about forty miles below Amherstburg. She had on board about eighty barrels of fish; several articles of ladies' apparel, two pairs of boots, four hats, a quack-doctor's saddle-bags, and several other articles were found in the cabin, which had the appearance of having been deserted in great haste. Her anchors and flying-jib were up, and there was but little water in her hold, not more than is usual after a severe gale. Her boat was not with her. There was no appearance of her having been on her beam ends, as first reported.
      Whether the passengers and crew were lost, or saved themselves by taking to the boat, and landing on some of the islands, is uncertain. It is supposed that she was deserted during the gale of Friday night.
      Detroit Gazette
      May 9, 1826

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We learn by Capt. Wilkison, of the schooner GUERRIER, who arrived here on Friday last from Detroit, that on passing a small island called the West Sister, on the 4th. instant, his attention was attracted by a signal; and on arriving at the island, he found two men and a woman, who had been there five days and nights, subsisting entirely upon roots and herbs. It appears the schooner MORNING STAR, Captain Costello, of Sandusky, ran on a reef of rocks, near the island, about 12 o'clock at night. Apprehensive of danger, all on board, took the boat and safely reached the shore. The next morning, the schooner being in sight, at no great distance, the captain and one of the sailors put off to her for the purpose of obtaining provisions and ascertaining her condition, neither of whom returned, and are supposed to be lost. The schooner has since been discovered, keel upwards, between the Islands and Amherstburgh. The three persons left on the island were taken on board the GUERRIER, and landed at Sandusky. They succeeded in attracting the attention of Capt. Wilkison, by raising a shirt on a pole; and their joy at their deliverance can be better conceived than described.
      Cleveland Weekly Herald
      Friday, May 12, 1826

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      From the Sandusky Clarion.
THE MORNING STAR. -- On the 1st inst. the Canadian schooner SURPRISE, Capt. McCall found the schooner MORNING STAR of this port, whence she sailed on the 22d of April for Miami, floating near the Canada shore, without a soul on board--sails down, but not furled, cable, anchor and deck loading on board but rudder gone. The companion way was open, and the births [sic], hats, boots, &c. exhibited signs of the vessel's having been left in a hurry. The vessel had very little water in and was towed into Malden. After this intelligence was received, various were the conjectures as to the fate of the crew, and nothing occurred to dispel the gloomy suspense of our citizens, until Sunday last, when three persons who had been on board the lost schooner, arrived and gave the following information.
      On the 23th [sic] of April the MORNING STAR cleared from Miami, bound for this port, with the following persons on board, viz; Captain John Castelo; Thomas Goodwin, and John Furney of this town, a man by the name of Webber, (we believe,) of Chataque county, N. Y. and a woman named Julia, who had been residing on one of the islands during the winter. In the night, during a gale, the vessel struck on a reef of rocks near Middle Bass Island, by which her rudder was unshipped, and it was supposed she had bilged. After the sails were hauled down, the captain cried that all who wished to save themselves, must take to the small boat. The boat was let down, and all hands succeeded in reaching the shore, carrying nothing with them but what they had on and a tinder box. A fire was kindled, and the captain went back alone, in the boat to learn the situation of his vessel; but it was gone, and he returned to the island. When day light appeared, it was in sight, but several miles distant.--The captain observed that all he was worth was afloat in that vessel, and requested Mr. Goodwin to go with him and endeavor to secure it. He consented and they embarked. -- They were anxiously watched by those whom they had left behind, until both vessel and boat disappeared in the distance, and the latter has not been seen nor heard from since. Messrs. Castelo and Goodwin have both left families.
      Those who were left on the island were in a deplorable condition. There were no human being beside themselves; no shelter from the weather; no bed but the earth; and no food but leeks and other wild roots, which they dug from the ground. In this miserable condition they spent six days and nights, when fortunately the schooner GUERRIER was obliged by stress of weather to seek shelter under the lee of the Island. A shirt was hoisted on a pole as a signal of distress, by which the attention of the crew was attracted. A boat was sent on shore, and the sufferers were providentially saved from starvation.
      Detroit Gazette
      May 30, 1826 p. 3, c.1

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We are indebted to James Woods, Esq. of Sandwich, for the following information respecting Capt. Costello, of the Schooner MORNING STAR. In a note, dated on the 8th. inst. Mr. Woods says; "I have just now been informed that the body of the captain of the small vessel, that was lately brought into Amherstburg, was found on Saturday last on the lake shore, in the township of Gosfield, about twenty-five miles below Amherstburgh. An inquest was held on the body, after which it was decently interred."
      Cleveland Weekly Herald
      Friday, June 23, 1826

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About the 20th. inst., the body of Thomas Goodwin was found at Point Au Plait, Canada shore. He went from Sandusky, (O.) with Capt. Costello in the small boat, in pursuit of the MORNING STAR.
      Black Rock Gazette
      July 6, 1826 p. 2, c. 5


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Reason: aground & capsized
Lives: 2
Remarks: Recovered
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1826
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McN.W.11984
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William R. McNeil
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Morning Star (Schooner), aground & capsized, 30 Apr 1826