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Perseverance (Schooner), destroyed as unfit, 1 Jun 1814

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On June 18th. last, Com. Sinclair sailed from this place, in the niagara accompanied by the LAWRENCE, Capt Dester, CALEDONIA, Capt. Woodhouse, SCORPION, Lt. Turner, and TIGRESS, Sailing Master Champlain. After much delay and difficulty, occasioned by taking on board at Detroit, the land forces destined for the reduction of Mackina, we arrived at Fort St. Josephs, in which there was a block house, upwards of 100 feet in length, which we destroyed. Shortly afterwards we captured the N. W. Company's schooner MINK, with 300 blls. of flour, which was destined for their establishment on Lake Superior. The N. W. Company's schooner PERSEVERANCE, waiting at the lower end of lake Superior for the MINK's cargo, was cut out by the launches of the Squadron, under the command of Lt. Turner. Mr. Turner endeavored to bring her down the Falls, but in the passage, she bilged, nothwithstanding his skill and care, and she was burned, not being worth repair. The store houses at St. Mary's and opposite, belonging to the N. W. Company were burned. (part)
      the Buffalo Gazette
      Tuesday, September 20, 1814

"The agent for the Northwest Company who had borne arms agains the United States escaped, and the troops burned the trading post of the company, and the huts of those traders who were disloyal. An attempt was also made to bring out of Lake Superior a schooner, called the PERSEVERANCE, of one hundred tons, and used to carry goods to Fort William, but in dragging it through the rapids it bilged, and Lieut. Turner ordered it to be burnt"
      From Haldiman Papers p. 461
      Wisconsin Historical Collections

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 46.059722 Longitude: -83.945833
William R. McNeil
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Perseverance (Schooner), destroyed as unfit, 1 Jun 1814