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Helen Mar (Schooner), sunk, 2 Oct 1840


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THE GALE - We continue to hear from the effects of the recent storm, and fear that we will yet have to narrate more serious results than those already mentioned. During the height of the gale, the spars of a vessel in an upright position were seen passing down the Niagara, and from the fact that the galley binnicle and compass of the schooner HELEN MAR, have been found between this city and the Falls, it is feared she has been lost. It is certain that the vessel left Cleveland a few days since for this port, with 5,000 bu. of wheat, and as no tidings have been received of her, the assumption that she is lost seems well founded. By vessels which arrived this morning it is ascertained beyond all doubt, that some vessel has been lost, as the hull of one was seen in the vicinity of Gravelly Bay, a perfect wreck. - Buffalo Commercial, Tues.
      Cleveland Daily Herald
      Thursday, October 7, 1840 3 - 1

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The HELEN MAR. - The melancholy fate of this vessel and her crew is placed almost beyond hope. The Buffalo Commercial has intelligence from Sandusky that she left that port on Wednesday of last week, with a full cargo of wheat, with a brother of one of the firm of Messrs. Barber & Barney, of Sandusky, who have an interest in the schooner, on board; making, with the master, Capt. Ramsom, and the crew, seven persons. Time has elapsed sufficient to hear from all parts of the lake, but no tidings of the vessel.
      Cleveland Daily Herald
      Saturday, October 10, 1840 3 - 1

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      The HELEN MAR. - Information was received in town on Thursday evening, that a box containing a quantity of letters, papers and drafts, belonging to Capt. Ransom, had been picked up in Niagara, by Mr. Hall, of Waterloo. Immediately thereafter, one of the firm of Messrs. Joy & Webster, proceeded to the house of Mr. Hall, and found the statement to be true, and from a careful examination of the articles and subsequent conversation with the finder, the gentleman came to the conclusion that all further history of that vessel is " In the deep bosom of the ocean buried."
      Cleveland Daily Herald
      Wednesday, October 14, 1840 2 - 3

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LOSS OF THE HELEN MAR. -- The Buffalo Commercial of the 10th, gives information which leads to the belief that this vessel, with all on board, was lost in the late storm on the lake.
      Erie Gazette
      Thursday, October 15, 1840
     
     

      The names of the persons on board the HELEN MAR, beside the captain, were Wm. H. Hurd; Jerry Darling; Silas Prentiss, and Chas. Hewitt. The mother of Hurd resides at Sandusky. Where the others belong is not known. Buffalo Com.
      Cleveland Daily Herald
      Friday, October 16, 1840 3 - 1

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The hull of the schooner HELEN MAR, one of the vessels lost last fall, has been discovered somewhere in the vicinity of Gravelly Bay. As in all the other cases, none of the crew survived---all went down with the vessel.
      Commercial Advertiser & Journal, Buffalo
      Friday, June 11, 1841 2 - 2

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      The Schooner J.A. BARKER, Allen, master. Cleared for Gravelly Bay to raise the HELEN MAR
      Commercial Advertiser & Journal, Buffalo
      Thursday, June 24, 1841 2 - 6

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The Schooner BARKER has returned from the wreck of the HELEN MAR, and report her in ten fathoms water, on a sandy bottom. A chain was passed under the bow of the HELEN, which would have facilitated in raising her, but the windlasses being of soft wood, chaffed so fast that it was deemed prudent to return to port and replace them with others more durable. A second effort will probably be successful.
      Commercial Advertiser & Journal, Buffalo
      Monday, June 28, 1841 2 - 6

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      Vessels coming in from the west today, report the spars of a schooner standing out of the water between this city and Sturgeon Point, not far from where the HELEN MAR lies. This is probably another sunken vessel.
      Commercial Advertiser & Journal, Buffalo
      Tuesday, September 28, 1841 p.2 col.2

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At the present term of the court in this county, Messrs. Barber & Barney obtained judgement against the owners of the Schr. HELEN MAR, which was lost about a year and a half ago, with all on board, for the value of the cargo, amounting to nearly $4,000, on the ground, as we understand, that the vessel was overladen and insuficiently manned. --- Sandusky Clarion
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 15, 1842

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"During the cruising of the (stm.) STAR she went in search of the schr. HELEN MAR, lost with all on board some months ago in a gale near the Canadian shore, short distance from this city. The vessel was found in 78 feet of water, some 10 miles S. by W. from Point Abino, in a tolerable state of preservation. Some of her lower bulwarks are carried away, her hatches are off, and nearly all the wheat has been washed from the hold. Capt. Taylor is of the opinion that she can be raised without difficulty." -- (part)
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 29, 1842

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 7
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1840
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McN.W.13149
Language of Item:
English
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.873333 Longitude: -79.255555
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Helen Mar (Schooner), sunk, 2 Oct 1840