MELANCHOLY SHIP-WRECK. - The Schr. ELISHA WHITTLESEA, Capt. Wm. Hecox, was capsized by a flaw of wind and sunk off Salem, Ohio, on Friday evening last, an eight passengers and two of the crew lost. The Captain and remainder of the crew, seven in number, were taken from the wreck by Capt. Perkins, of the Schr. HURON, after having remained upon the top gallant yard thirteen hours and a great portion of the time in the water. She was owned by Messrs. Joy & Webster of this city, Hubbard & Field of Ashtabula, and others. Cargo of salt belonging to John Booth and W. A. Otis, and of merchandise owned principally by Calek R. Fisk of Ashtabula. Neither the Captain or crew are considered at fault. The names of the sufferers have not be communicated to us.
Buffalo Journal & General Advertiser
October 3, 1832
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DISTRESSING SHIPWRECK.---On Friday morning last, the new schooner ELISHA WHITTLESEY, was capsized by a squall, off Ashtabula, and sunk, ten individuals out of seventeen including the crew, found a watery grave. The seven that were saved, among them the Captain, were taken off the mast head of the schooner after remaining in that distressing situation from four in the morning until five o'clock in the evening, by the schooner HURON. The lost vessel was laden with merchandise, but we do not learn to whom it belonged. ---Cleveland Adv.
Detroit Democratic Free Press & Michigan Intelligencer
October 18th. 1832
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Melancholy Ship Wreck - The schr. Elesha Whittlealy, Capt. Wm. Hecox, was capsized by a flaw of wind and sunk off Salem, Ohio, on Friday evening last, and eight passengers and two of the crew lost. The Captain and remainder of the crew, seven in number, were taken from the wreck by Captain Perkins of the schr. Huron, after having remained upon the top-gallant yard upteen hours, and great portion of the time in the water. - Buffalo Paper
October 20, 1832
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MELANCHOLY SHIPWRECK. -- The schooner ELISHA WHITTLESEY, Capt. Wm. Hecox, was capsized by a flaw of wind and sunk off Salem, Ohio, on Friday night last, and eight passengers and two of the crew lost. The captain and the remainder of the crew, seven in number, were taken from the wreck by Capt. Perkins, of the schooner HURON, after having remained upon the top-gallant-yard thirteen hours, and a great portion of that time in the water. She was owned by Messrs. Joy and Webster, of this city, Hubbard & Fields of Ashtabula, and others. Cargo of salt, belonging to John Booth & W. A. Otis, and of merchandize owned principally by Clark & Fisk of Ashtabula. Neither the captain nor crew are considered at fault. The names of the sufferers have not been communicated to us. --- Buffalo Journal.
Hallowell Free Press
October 30, 1832
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SHIPWRECK ON LAKE ERIE. -- The Connecticut Courant publishes the following letter, dated Oct. 4th. Windsor, Ohio.:-
"Dear Sir --- With painful emotions I have to announce to you the sad intelligence of the loss of friend Thrall and family, from Gramby, Conn. and Henry A. Holcomb's wife and child, from Simsbury, together with four other persons, viz; two sailors, a lady, and a little girl, belonging to Ashtabula, on the lake Saturday morning, 28th September, about four or five o'clock. Respecting particulars, I can merely say that the vessel capsized in a gale of wind and went to the bottom. Mr. Thrall and family, with Mrs. Holcomb and child, are probably in the vessel, which is sunk in 50 or 60 feet of water; the top of the mast is about 8 feet out, and, strange to relate, the captain and the hands with Mr. John White of Ohio, Alexander Holcomb, Esq., and his son Henry A. Holcomb from Simsbury, clung to the rigging about the top of the mast until Saturday evening at 5 o'clock, say 12 or 13 hours, when they were taken off by a vessel passing up the lake, and were carried to Cleveland.
They stayed at my house last night, and have gone this morning down the lake to the place where the vessel is. The vessel went down off Salem about 5 or 6 miles; and are in hopes of being able to raise it and obtain the bodies, which seems now to be their greatest trouble. You will please communicate to soothe them, and assure them that the survivors are in good order. Mr. Holcomb was so much exhausted that he declared it impossible to hold on one minute longer, even when the boat to relieve them was close by; but being encouraged and assisted by his companions, he was kept from going down, until the boat arrived, and took him so fatigued as to be apparently lifeless. You may expect the particulars as soon as it is ascertained whether the vessel is raised or not, but you need not expect to get an adequate idea of the suffering of the survivors, for language is without words to express it. "
Hallowell Free Press
November 13, 1832