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Post Boy (Schooner), aground, 23 Oct 1841


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WRECK.--We are pained to learn that the schooner POST BOY, which recently left this port, was wrecked about fifteen miles north of Kalamazoo.--Fragments of the vessel were strewn along the beach for miles in either direction, and the small boat was found in two pieces. The schooner's figure-head was brought to this city.--The crew consisted of eight or ten persons, and as nothing has been heard from them, it can scarcely be doubted that they have perished. They were all citizens, we believe, of Michigan. - Chicago American, Oct. 30.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Saturday, November 6, 1841 p.3 col. 6

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Wreck. - We are pained to learn that the schooner Post Boy, which recently left this port was lost about 15 miles north of Kalamazoo. Fragments of the vessel were strewn along the beach for miles in either direction, and the small boat was found in two pieces. The schooner's figure head has been brought to this city. The crew consisted of some eight or ten persons, and as nothing has been heard of them, it can scarcely be doubted that they have perished. They were all citizens, we believe, of Michigan. -Chicago Amer.
      Detroit Free Press
      Saturday, November 13, 1841
     
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      Correspondence of the Grand Rapids Enquirer. GRAND HAVEN, Nov. 3, 1841.
I wish, through your paper, to acquaint those interested, if any there be within your circulation, of the fate of some of the vessels upon this Lake, during the gale of date about 23d October.
A report has been in circulation here for some days, that the schooner Post Boy, from Chicago to Muskegon, was lost. To-day it is confirmed by the arrival of men from St. Joseph, coming for the purpose of finding the wreck. They found fragments of her scattered upon the beach in different places, between Kalamazoo and this river, together with a part of her freight. She, doubtless, was broken in pieces by the sea, and all on board perished! These men report Augustus Pennoyer and brother, of Muskegon, (brothers of Henry Pennoyer,) and two gentlemen of this river, passengers. As it regards the passengers, it may be mere conjecutre.
Two sailors from the "Onondaga, " came in this afternoon, having left her near the Manistee river, on the beach. They went ashore on Saturday night, October 23d. The crew succeeded in getting off on the following day and Monday. She was loaded with wheat from Chicago to Oswego. The Captain and wife, with the remainder of the crew, are yet behind. They saw a "fore and aft" schooner on Saturday afternoon, apparently bound up the Lake, at the distance of about one mile from them; this vessel suddenly disappeared, and, as they supposed, went down with all
on board!
      Yours,
      T. W. W.
We learn that the schooner Onondaga had on board six thousand bushels of wheat. A letter received since the above was in type says, there were three other vessels in sight when the Onondaga beached, and it inclines to the opinion that they all went ashore. Parts of the brig INDIANA have been found on the beach, leaving no doubt of her total loss. The crew of the Onondaga arrived safe, a day or two ago, at Grand Haven, from the manistee where she was wrecked. -- Editor, Enquirer
      Detroit Free Press
      Wednesday, November 17, 1841

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      Grand Haven, (Mich.) Nov. 3, 1841
      I wish through your paper, to acquaint those interested, if any there be within your circulation, of the fate of some of the vessels upon this lake, during the gale of date about 23 rd. of October.
      A report has been in circulation here for some days, that the schooner POST BOY, from Chicago to Muskegon, was lost. Today it is confirmed by the arrival of men from St. Joseph, coming for the purpose of finding the wreck. They found fragments of her scattered upon the beach in different places, between Kalamazoo and this river, together with part of her freight. She, doubtless, was broken in pieces by the sea, and all on board perished. These men report Augustus Pennoyer and brother, of Muskegon, (brother of Henry Pennoyer,) and two gentlemen of this river, passengers, it may be mere conjecture. . . . . .
      Commercial Advertiser & Journal, Buffalo
      Saturday evening, November 20, 1841 2 - 6

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THE LOSS OF THE SCHOONER POST BOY. It is now ascertained that the POST BOY which was lost on the Lake about the 23d October, had on board when she left Chicago, nine or ten persons, including seamen and passengers, not one of whom was saved. A keg of powder was shipped at Chicago and it is supposed it must have exploded, breaking the schooner in pieces while at sea. Grand Rapids Enq.
      Detroit Free Press
      Wednesday, December 1, 1841


WRECKED VESSELS. -- A letter in the Grand Rapids Enquirer, reports the loss of the schooner POST BOY, and that a portion of the wreck was found between Kalamazoo River and Grand Haven. It is feared that the crew and three passengers were lost.
The schooner ONONDAGA is reported on the beach near Manistee River. She had on board 6,000 bushels of wheat for Oswego.
      The same paper says that parts of the brig INDIANA have been found on the beach, leaving no doubt of her total loss.
When the ONONDAGA beached, three other vessels are said to have been in sight, and are supposed to have gone ashore. But this is all conjecture, -- Detroit Adv.
      Erie Gazette
      Thursday, December 2, 1841
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Detroit Enrollment - POST BOY Schr. 56.14 tons. Built Portland Harbor, Ohio ? 59'3" x 18' x 6'1" Two masts - No figure head. - No. 47 of 1837.

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Detroit Enrollment - POST BOY Schr. 56.14 tons. Built Portland Harbor 1832. ex 47 of 1837 now 20 of 1841

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      VESSELS WRECKED ON LAKE MICHIGAN.
The Chicago Journal gives the following statement, showing the number of vessels lost on Lake Michigan; their value, and the value of their cargoes when known; and the number of lives lost, from 1824 to 1847.
      Schooner LAWRENCE, 1824. $3,000
      Schooner RED JACKET, 1826. 2,000
      (here follows an interval of 7 years during which vessels must have been lost; but the record is not found.)
      Schooner ERIE PACKET, Dec. 1833 1,500
      Schooner PRINCE EUGENE, Oct. 1834 27,000
      Steamboat NEWBURYPORT, Oct. 1834 15,000
      Steamboat PIONEER, Aug. 1834 10,000
      Schooner name forgotten, 1835 2,000 Green Bay.
      Schooner UTICA, 1835 7,000
      Schooner CHANCE, Nov. 1835 7 lives 2,000
      Schooner BRIDGET, Nov. 1835 16 lives 5,000
      Schooner SLOAN, Nov. 1835 6 lives 3,000
      Steamboat DELAWARE, Apr. 1835 20,000
      Sloop CLARISSA, Nov. 1836 1,500
      Schooner CHICAGO, Oct. 1836 8,000
      Schooner AUSTERLITZ, Oct. 1836 12,000 vessel and goods
      Schooner OHIO, Oct. 1837 6,000
      Schooner LaPORTE, Oct. 1838 3,000
      Schooner THOS. RICHMOND, Oct. 1838 6,000
      Schooner LaFAYETTE, Oct. 1838 3,000
      Schooner WHITE PIGEON, Nov. 1839 3,000
      Brig JOHN KENZIE, Nov. 1839 3,000
      Steamboat DETROIT, Aug. 1839 20,000
      Schooner VIRGINIA, Nov. 1839 7,000 wheat
      Steamboat TAYLOR, Oct. 1840 8,000
      Steamboat CHAMPLAIN, May 1840 10,000
      Schooner NEPTUNE, Nov. 1840 24 lives 15,000 goods
      Schooner CINCINNATI Oct. 1840 1,500
      Schooner JEFFERSON Apr. 1840 1,800
      Schooner HURON Oct. 1840 2,000
      * Schooner POST BOY Oct. 1841 13 lives 1,000 goods
      Sloop SPITFIRE Oct. 1841 500
      Schooner ONEIDA Nov. 1841 20,000 wheat
      Schooner BANCROFT Nov. 1842 4,000
      Ship MILWAUKEE Nov. 1842 9 lives 10,000
      Ship FLORIDA, Nov. 1842 4,000
      Brig COLUMBUS, Nov. 1842 12,000 wheat
      Brig HUMMINGBIRD. May 1843 6 lives 1,000
      Schooner HARRIET, May 1843 8 lives 2,500
      Schooner MINERVA SMITH, May 1844 1,000
      Schooner WAVE, March 1844 5 lives 1,000
      Schooner VICTORY, March 1844 7 lives 2,000
      Schooner WHITNEY, Aug. 1844 6 lives 2,000
      Ship SUPERIOR, Sept. 1845 5,000
      Schooner JACOB BARKER, Nov. 1845 2,000
      Brig OLIVER, Nov. 1845 2,000
      Schooner OCEAN, Apr. 1845 6 lives 1,000
      Schooner SAVANNAH, Apr. 1845 5,000
      Schooner JEFFERSON, Apr. 1845 4,500
      Brig INDIANA, Oct. 1845 4,000
      Schooner SWIFT, Oct. 1845 600
      Brig ROSA, Oct. 1845 8,000
      Schooner MARGARET HELM Nov. 1845 1,500
      Steamboat BOSTON, Nov. 1846 70,000
      Sloop JAMES K. POLK Nov. 1846 1,000
      Schooner ----?---- Nov. 1846 4,000
      Sloop RODOLPH, Nov. 1846 4 lives 400
      Schooner St. JOSEPH, Apr. 1847 1,000
      Schooner SOLOMON JUNEAU Apr. 1847 4,000
      Schooner MARY ELIZABETH Apr. 1847 2,000
      Schooner WISCONSIN, Apr. 1847 1,500
      Schooner OUTWARD BOUND Oct. 1847 2,000
      Schooner ILLINOIS, Nov. 1847 5,000 Green Bay
      Propeller PHOENIX Nov. 1847 164 lives 80,000
      Schooner CHAMPION Nov. 1847 15,000
      Schooner E.G. WOOLCOTT, Nov. 1847 10,000
      Schooner H. MERRILL, Nov. 1847 10,000
      Total Value $512,000
      Total number of lives lost 288
      Buffalo Republic
      Wednesday, February 9, 1848

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Reason: aground
Lives: 8
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1841
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McN.W.13254
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English
  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.67669 Longitude: -86.21532
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William R. McNeil
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Post Boy (Schooner), aground, 23 Oct 1841