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Experiment (Schooner), capsized, 1 Jun 1855

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      Capt. S.G. Langley ----Dear Sir: The schooner EXPERIMENT on her way from Chicago capsized last night about 6 o'clock, off to the northward of the pier, about 6 miles. I discovered the wreck this morning about 9 o'clock, got a few to go over, and found it a hard looking sight. I sent for an axe after viewing the wreck a while, and finally the axe came. Got a canoe, and a few went out, chopped a hole through her bottom into the cabin, and there we found Mrs. Napier and her oldest son, together with Thos. Prose, all alive. Mrs. Capt. Napier was nearly gone, but her son was apparently as well as ever. They are both well now, but I am sorry to inform you that she lost her youngest child; it drowned very soon after she capsized. The body of the child, Capt. Jennings, Levi Livingston, and Phincas Bratton, have not yet been found.
      J.E. Stevens
(Capt. Langley sailed for Buffalo on Monday evening, but telegraphed to Milwaukee, so as to meet Capt. Napier at that place.---Ed.) Detroit Dem.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Thursday, June 7, 1855

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      The bodies of Capt. Jennings' and the child of Capt. Napier, drowned by the capsizing of the schooner EXPERIMENT last winter (sic), in Lake Michigan, near St. Joseph, were found last week---the former about 14 miles above St. Joseph, and the latter about three. Two bodies are still unrecovered.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Tuesday, July 17, 1855

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Reason: capsized
Lives: 4
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.10976 Longitude: -86.48002
William R. McNeil
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Experiment (Schooner), capsized, 1 Jun 1855