The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Onondaga (Schooner), aground, 23 Oct 1841

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Memoranda. - We are indebted to Mr. R. Winslow of the BUNKER HILL for the following memoranda: "Did not learn anything of the schooner ONONDAGA, supposed to have been lost in a gale of wind on Lake Michigan, 17th. October."
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday, November 15, 1841

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Correspondence of the Grand Rapids Enquirer, Grand Haven, Mich. Nov. 3, 1841. Two sailors from the schooner ONONDAGA, came in this afternoon, having left her near the Manistee River, on the beach. They went ashore on Saturday night, October 23rd. 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. (part)
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Saturday, November 20, 1841 3 - 7

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Schooner ONDAGO of Oswego. No 25 enrolled June 13, 1840, of 130.34 tons.
      Extracts of Oswego Shipping Register
      (note. - The actual register did not survive)

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      Probable Loss of the Onondaga - Serious apprehensions are entertained for the safety of the Schooner Onondaga, belonging to this port. She is a new fine Vessel, and left Chicago under charge of Captain Tuttle, deeply laden with 5,600 bushels of wheat and a quantity of lead, on or about the 18th of October last, in company with the schooners Caledonia and Baltimore. After running down Lake Michigan some two or three hundred miles, they met a tremendous gale, under which the Caledonia run back to Chicago, and the Baltimore rode out the gale under the lee of an Island. Both of these vessels have arrived in port, while the Onondaga with which they parted in the gale, has not been heard of. It is feared she foundered and went down with all on board. [Oswego Com. Herald]
Kingston Chronicle & Gazette
      November 24, 1841
      (Contributed by Rick Neilson)
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Wrecked Vessels.-- A letter from the Grand Rapids Enquirer, reports the loss of the sch. POST BOY, and that a portion of her 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 6000 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 Daily Advertizer
      November 17, 1841
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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Got off
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 44.24445 Longitude: -86.32425
William R. McNeil
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Onondaga (Schooner), aground, 23 Oct 1841