The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Beaver (Schooner), aground, 15 May 1771

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REMINISCENCE.---The following account of a shipwreck on Lake Erie, as early at 1771, may interest many of our readers who are curious to observe the march of improvements of this commercial enterprize can best be understood by comparison. It is extracted from " The Pennsylvania Chronicle," printed at Philadelphia, "July 22, 1771." ---- Buffalo Journal.

      New York, July 15
"A letter from Detroit of the 25th. of May, says, 'By Indians who are now arrived express from William Tucker, an Indian trader, we have the disagreeable news that the schooner BEAVER, which sailed from hence the 15th. instant for Niagara, is cast away upon the rocks about 10 leagues below Sandusky, and that Captain Jacobson, his crew, and ten passengers, in all 15, have perished. The barge was found ashore all smashed to pieces, and a small trunk with our letters drove upon the beach, many of them lost, and several others damaged and illegible: There was on board about 3,000L. in peltry, and a large quantity of flour for Niagara.'"
      Cleaveland Weekly Herald
      Friday, December 22, 1826; 2; 6.

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Reason: aground
Lives: 15
Freight: pelts & flour
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.44894 Longitude: -82.70796
William R. McNeil
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Beaver (Schooner), aground, 15 May 1771