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Caroline (Schooner), capsized, 2 Dec 1832


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ACCIDENT. -- We understand that the schooner CAROLINE, belonging to Capt. Trowbridge of Genesee, Capt. Tyler on board, was capsized in a squall on Lake Ontario on the night of the 2nd inst. freighted with dry goods for Ogdensburg; cargo lost, and the clerk of super cargo drowned. The captain and crew with much difficulty succeeded in getting on board the small boat and making the Main Duck Islands. They were discovered the next day by another vessel and taken off.
      Hallowell Free Press
      December 4, 1832

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Distressing Occurrence. -- On Sunday night last, the Schn. Caroline, Capt. Tyler, owned by J.T. Trowbridge & Co. of this village, sailed from this port for Ogdensburgh, laden with a valuable Cargo of Merchandize to the amount of some $30 or $40,000. When about 20 miles out, a sudden flaw of wind struck the vessel and she capsized, and Mr. James B. Thompson, a clerk of Messrs. Trowbridge & Co. and son of James Thompsonson of this village, a worthy young man of about eighteen years of age, we regret to state, was drowned. The crew were all saved in the small boat, in which, after being out about six hours they gained the Duck Islands where they remained until Monday evening , Dec. 3, when they were taken off by the Schr. Richard M. of Sacket's Harbor. We understand the Caroline has since been found and taken in tow by the Richard M. and will be taken to Cape Vincent.
      Oswego Palladium
      December 5, 1832

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      Sacket's Harbor, Dec. 6.
      DISTRESSING SHIPWRECK. -- We learn verbally, by a yound man from Cape Vincent, that on Sunday night last, 2d inst. as the schooner CAROLINE was on her way from Oswego to Ogdensburgh, laden with about 50 tons of merchandize, she was capsized by a sudden squall of wind, between the Ducks and Galoe Islands, and one passenger was drowned. She was commanded by Capt. Tyler, who was very much frozen, and together with all the crew came very near perishing. They finally, however, effected a landing on the Ducks, and Capt. Tyler had arrived at Cape Vincent before our informant left. A schooner was immediately despatched from Cape Vincent to pick her up.
      Buffalo Patriot
      December 18, 1832

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SHIPWRECK AND LOSS OF LIFE.--On the 2nd inst. the schooner CAROLINE, Capt. Tyler, while on her way from Oswego to Ogdensburg, was capsized by a sudden squall, when near the Duck Islands. One passenger was drowned. The captain, crew and remainder of the passengers, after much suffering, succeeded in reaching one of the small islands called the Ducks. Capt. Tyler had arrived at Sackett's Harbor, and assistance has been sent off. The vessel and cargo will no doubt be lost; about 50 tons of merchandise were on board.
      Cleveland Weekly Herald
      January 5, 1833 p. 2 col. 6

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      Captain Joel Tyler Had Narrow Escape
Capt. Joel F. Tyler, whose death occurred yesterday was one of the oldest vessel captains on the lakes. He was born at North Haven, Conn., May 1802, and was the son of Edward Morris Tyler. He came to Oswego in the spring of 1805. We have not the exact record but as near as we can learn he first sailed about the year 1820. On Sept. 23, 1828, he married May Carter, daughter of Samuel Carter, with whom he lived nearly 52 years. His wife died July 30, 1875.
      In 1832, while commander of the schooner CAROLINE owned by J.T. Trowbridge, Captain Tyler had a narrow escape from drowning, and suffered some of the severe hardships incident to a mariner's career. On the 2d of December, 1832, the Caroline left Oswego at 10 p.m. bound for Ogdensburg, with a load of merchandise. At midnight, when about 12 or 15 miles from Oswego, the Caroline was capsized by a snow squall. Capt. Tyler was in his berth at the time and with difficulty escaped as the water rushed in. The small boat at the time was unlocked from the upper tackle and hung by the lower one under water. When Capt. Tyler got aft he crawled down on the stern stanchions and loosened the boat. It came to the surface bottom up.
While trying to right her Capt. Tyler narrowly escaped drowning and was rescued by a seaman named Baldwin.
Capt. Tracy Cronwell, not living here, was one of the crew of the CARO:LINE, he succeeded in securing the small boat and bailing it out with a bucket. One of the crew was missing.
The captain and the remainder of the crew and two passengers, five in all, took to the boat. it was a freezing cold night and all were wet and they knew not which way to go. They tried to return to Oswego but could make no headway. They finally landed on the Real Ducks, just as day was breaking.
      The snow was five or six inches deep. Capt. Tyler was bareheaded, had no coat and no boots, and suffered much from cold and exhaustion. They found a shanty which sheltered them, but found no food. Afterwards they discovered a vessel under lee of the islands and were taken aboard of her and to Cape Vincent. This was the schooner HURON, Capt. Eno. The CAROLINE floated around the lake for several days and was subsequently towed into Chaumont Bay on Christmas eve. She was righted and pumped out and her cargo taken out during the winter.
      In 1833 and 1834, Capt. Tyler was sailing master of the passenger steamer, UNITED STATES, under Capt. R. J. Van De Water. In 1839-40, he commanded the schooner Hudson, owned by Truman Wyman and still later the schooner FULTON owned by Baldwin and Johnson. he retired from active service about the year 1862.
The deceased was the father of Capt. John Tyler, Harbor Master at New York and R.D.S. Tyler of Detroit, and Mrs. S. Randall of this city. Capt. John Tyler will be here to attend the funeral tomorrow.
      Oswego Palladium
      May 24, 1878


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Reason: capsized
Lives: 1
Freight: merchandise
Remarks: Recovered
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1832
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William R. McNeil
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Caroline (Schooner), capsized, 2 Dec 1832