The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Commercial (Schooner), sunk by collision, 22 Jun 1840

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Run Down.--The Steamer GREAT WESTERN ran down the Schooner COMMERCIAL last night off Conneaut. The COMMERCIAL was beating up the lake laden with salt, and was struck about mid-ships by the WESTERN, and sunk. The crew of the schooner were taken off by the WESTERN. By some means the lights on the schooner were obscured, so that she was not abserved from the WESTERN until too late to avoid the collision.
      Cleveland Daily Herald
      Tuesday, June 23, 1840 p.3 col.1

      . . . . .

      The MILWAUKIE arrived last evening. By Mr. Hammond, we learn that when 8 miles east of Conneaut, and some 2 miles from shore, the topmast of a vessel was discovered a few feet above the surface. It is supposed to be the wreck of some craft which has sprung a Leak and foundered.
      P. S. Since the above was written, we learn that the sunken vessel is the schooner COMMERCIAL, of Conneaut, with 250 barrels of salt on board. She was run into and sunk by the GREAT WESTERN on Monday night last, and time only afforded to take off the crew before she went down. (2-1)
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 24, 1840

Schooner COMMERCIAL. Of 51.79 tons. Built Conneaut, Ohio, 1833, by James Baldwin. Home port, Conneaut, Ohio. 62.2 x 17.8 x 8.5 One deck. No gallery. Two masts. Scroll head. Captain, Salisberry. Owned by Daniel Ford; Nathaniel B. Harmon; John Reed all of Conneaut and John Prince of Buffalo.
      Enrollment 16 of 1833, dated July 18, 1833 [at Cleveland ?]
      Surrendered by reason of new owners, dated Cleveland,1837.

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.94756 Longitude: -80.55424
William R. McNeil
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Commercial (Schooner), sunk by collision, 22 Jun 1840