The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Margaret (Schooner), sunk, 21 Aug 1835

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Oswego, N. Y. Aug. 26. Gales On The Lakes. -- This has been the most extraordinary summer experienced for many years, and is thought by our old citizens to be the coldest since the well remembered summer of 1816. The late gale has been disasterous to a degree unparalleled on lake Ontario. Two or three vessels have been lost, and it is reported as many lives. Among those known to be lost, are the Schooner NAPOLEON, of Sacket's Harbor, and the British Schooner MARGARET, of Kingston. The crew of the former had abandoned her just before she sunk, and taken to the boat. They were rescued from their perilous situation by the Steam-boat OSWEGO, Capt. Homans, who very humanely brought his vessel to, under Stoney Island until one of the unfortunate crew of the NAPOLEON, who had his arm broken, could be provided for.
      The Vice President and Mr. Comptroller Flagg were on board the steamboat UNITED STATES proceeding from Sacket's to oswego, and were out in undoubtedly bad weather as was ever experienced in summer on our Lake. --- Oswego Palladium
      Cleveland Weekly Advertiser
      Thursday, September 3, 1835 p.3 col.1

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      Melancholy Shipwreck and Loss of Life.---On Thursday night last, the fine schooner MARGARET, the property of Messrs. Perry and McArthur, of Hamilton, was struck by a sudden squall from the south-west, about 10 o'clock, between Long Point and the Ducks, by which she was instantaneously capsized. William Cullen the mate; John McKenzie, a seaman and Samuel Samson, the cook, clung to the boat, by which they held on a long time; but at length, finding they could not hold on much longer, they quitted her to regain the schooner in which attempt, from their exhausted state, they unfortunately failed, and all three perished. The captain and part owner, Mr. McArthur, and a seaman named John Griffiths, made fast to the wreck of the schooner till 5 o'clock on Friday morning, when they were fortunately discovered by Captain Bray of the schooner COMET of Oakville, and rescued from their perilous situation. The MARGARET was on her passage downwards, having on board about 40 barrels of potash. - Kingston Chronicle
      Cobourg Star
      Wednesday, August 26, 1835

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      CATASTROPHE ON LAKE ONTARIO. - In the storm of the 21st. Inst., the schooner NAPOLEON, of Sackett's Harbor, and MARGARET, of Canada, were lost -- near the Galoo Islands. The crew of the NAPOLEON, (which vessel sunk in twenty fathoms water) were rescued by a boat fron the steamboat OSWEGO -- but three of the MARGARET's crew perished.
      Buffalo Daily Star
      Friday, August 28, 1835

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 3
Freight: potash
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.933888 Longitude: -76.892777
William R. McNeil
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Margaret (Schooner), sunk, 21 Aug 1835