Schooner KYLE SPANGLER, ashore Sleeping Bear, Lake Mich. Nov. 1857. Total loss.
property loss $16,600.
Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
Jan. 28, 1858 (casualty list for 1857)
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THE KYLE SPANGLER. -- Capt. Gray, of the SPANGLER and part of his crew, arrived here on the propeller ALLEGHANY. He informs us that he left Chicago on Tuesday the 17th, with a load of wheat for Buffalo. When off the Beavers, the schooner sprang a leak, and he was compelled to run her, in a sinking condition, upon a sand bank in Sleeping Bear Bay. The weather was intensely cold, and the crew nearly all froze their hands and feet. To add to the horrors of their situation, they were without food two days and nights. Their own boats were lost and death was apparently about to terminate their suffering, when they were providentially rescued by the boats of the GREAT WEST, after the latter vessel had gone ashore.
The sand was now worked out from under boat ends of the SPANGLER, and she was considerably stove in. With early assistance, however, Capt. Gray thinks she can undoubtedly be saved. Both mates remaining behind, to take care of her. She is owned by S. S. Coe and B. L. Spangler, of Cleveland. She was valued at $14,500 and insured in the Corn Exchange. -- Detroit Tribune, 30th.
Buffalo Daily Republic
Thursday, December 3, 1857
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THE BARQUE GREAT WEST.--- The barque GREAT WEST which was wrecked last fall at Sleeping Bear Bay, has finally been got off, and was towed down the river yesterday, by the tug OSWEGO, on her way to Cleveland, where she will undergo repairs. It will be remembered that the GREAT WEST together with the schooner KYLE SPANGLER, went ashore at Sleeping Bear Bay, during the terrible storm in November last, and were both abandoned to the Underwriters. Some time since Capt. R. Dill of Buffalo, contracted to get them off, and with the schooner C. J. MARSHALL, and two of palmer's steam pumps, proceeded to the scene of the wrecks. The vessels were found deeply imbedded in the sand, and a less energetic person than Capt. Dill, would have failed in the work. But the task of getting them off has finally been accomplished, and considering their condition, in an unprecedented short space of time. The vessels were both full laden with wheat. The GREAT WEST was insured for $12,000 principally in the North Western.----Detroit Adv.
The GREAT WEST arrived here Friday evening last, and is now lying in the old river bed nearly submerged. She will be again raised, and her repairing commenced in a few days.
Cleveland Morning leader
June 7, 1858