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Lake Serpent (Schooner), aground, 24 May 1826

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THE LAKE SERPENT. -- The Steam Boat ENTERPRISE arrived yesterday from Buffalo. We learn from the captain of the ENTERPRISE, that the schr. LAKE SERPENT, Capt, Lee, ran upon a reef of rocks a few nights since, between Pointe au Pelee Island and the Canadian shore, where she bilged and sunk. Her cargo consisted of flour, whiskey, &c. owned in part [by] C. S. Payne & Co. and other citizens of this place. The accident was caused by mistaking the channel.
      Detroit Gazette
      May 30, 1826

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SHIPWRECK.--The Schooner LAKE SERPENT, Capt. Leet, which left this port on the 24th. ult. for Detroit, laden with pork, flour, and whiskey, struck a reef of rocks, on the evening of the same day, near Point Au Plait, when she filled and sunk, the quarter deck remaining above water, Capt. Leet and several other persons left the schooner the next day, in the small boat, for Sandusky, leaving a sailor and one passenger, who voluntarily remained on board the wreck. The schooner GOOD INTENT, Capt. Whitaker, happened to be in port, and proceeded to their assistance. We understand they succeeded in saving the principal part of the cargo, which has been landed at Sandusky. The wreck has not yet been got off, and is supposed to be so much injured as to be unworthy of being repaired.
      Clevelkand Weekly Herald
      Friday, June 2, 1826

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NOTE:--the LAKE SERPENT, is listed in the arrivals & departures for October 1826

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: whiskey, flour,
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.454166 Longitude: -81.121388
William R. McNeil
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Lake Serpent (Schooner), aground, 24 May 1826