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Guerrier (Schooner), capsized, 27 May 1832


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We regret to state that the schooner GUERRIER, Capt. Pember, which left this port for Detroit, was capsized in a squall, near Detroit River, on Tuesday last. The Captain, crew and passengers, with the exception of a man, his wife, and three children, succeeded in making their escape, by gaining the Canada shore. It was supposed, as nothing had been heard from those who remained on board, that they had all perished, until the steam boat NIAGARA, on the following day, passed the schooner and relieved the man from his perilous condition. The man who had been landed at Sandusky, states that he and his family, when the vessel upset, were in the cabin, the entrances and windows of which, with one exception, were closed; and that he was enabled, by holding on to the berths, to keep his own head and that of his wife out of the water for some time. The unfortunate man, in this condition, saw his children all sink one after another. He continued to sustain his wife until she, at length, gave away to the same destroyer. Thus, in a short time, was he bereaved of his whole family. He has since, we have understood, become deranged.
      Cleveland Weekly Herald
      Tuesday, June 5, 1832 p. 2 col. 1

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      SCHOONER CAPSIZED AND LIVES LOST. -- About 8 o'clock on Tuesday evening last,, the 29th ult. the schooner GUERRIER, Capt. Penber, bound from Cleveland to Detroit, was capsized in a squall near the mouth of Detroit river. The Captain, crew and two passengers succeeded in gaining the Canada shore about midnight, leaving on board a man with his wife and three children, all of whom it was supposed had immediately perished, as nothing could be heard from them after the disaster. Wednesday afternoon, the steamboat NIAGARA, on her way to this place, passed the schooner and took off the man above alluded to, who stated that when the vessel upset, he and his family were together in the cabin, the entrance and windows were all closed, but one that was at the bottom as the schooner laid in the water. By holding on the berths, they were enabled to keep their heads above the water for some time, excepting when the heavy surges struck the vessel, which completely filled the cabin at every pass; the squall, however, soon subsided. The children having all sunk, one after another, the wretched man held his perishing wife in his arms for several hours, and till life was finally extinct. After many successful (sic) efforts to get out at the window, at about 1 o'clock on Wednesday, he effected an escape through it, and succeeded in climbing upon the schooner, where the NIAGARA found him. He was taken on board completely exhausted, and landed at Sandusky, We did not learn his name or residence. He was a farmer, and on his way to the interior of Michigan.
      The GUERRIER was principally owned by Messrs. Wm. Hollister & H. Root, of this city. It is though that the schooner with the loading in her hold will be saved. --- Buffalo Bulletin.
      Buffalo Patriot
      June 5, 1832

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      WRECK. - On Tuesday evening the 27th. ult. the schooner GUERRIER was upset, in a squall, just as she was entering Detroit River. She was from Cleveland, bound to Detroit, with a cargo of pork and flour. The captain and crew escaped in the boat, to the Canada shore, leaving a man, his wife and four children in the cabin. The woman and her children all perished, but the man was taken from the wreck, alive, on the following day, by the steamboat NIAGARA. The individual who is thus deprived of his wife and offspring, was a farmer, but his name, or late residence we have not learned. The GUERRIER was owned by Messrs. Root and Hollister, of this city, and Capt. Wilkinson and Judge Hollister, of Maumee.
      Buffalo Journal & General Advertiser
      June 6, 1832

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GUERRIER Capsizes Near Detroit River - We regret to state that the schooner GUERRIER, Capt. Pember, which left this port for Detroit, was capsized in a squall, near Detroit river on Tuesday last. The captain, crew, and passengers, with the exception of a man, his wife, and three children, succeeded in making their escape, by gaining the Canada shore.
It was supposed, as nothing had been heard from those who remained on board, that they had all perished, until the Steam boat NIAGARA, on the following day, passed the schooner and relieved the man from this perilous condition. The man, who has been landed at Sandusky, states that he and his family, when the vessel upset, were in the cabin, the entrance and windows of which, with one exception, were close. He was enabled, by holding on to the berths, to keep his own head and that of his wife out of water for some time. The unfortunate man, in this condition, saw his children all sink one after another. He continued to sustain his wife until she, at length, gave away to the same destroyer. Thus, in a short time, was he bereaved of his whole family. He has since we have understood, become deranged. - Cleveland Herald.
      Oswego Palladium & Chronicle
      Wed., June 13, 1832


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Reason: capsized
Lives: 5
Freight: flour, pork
Remarks: Total loss ?
Date of Original:
1832
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McN.W.12932
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.055277 Longitude: -83.116388
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William R. McNeil
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Guerrier (Schooner), capsized, 27 May 1832