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Gazelle (Schooner), aground, 9 Oct 1867


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The schooner GAZELLE, of Buffalo, went ashore at the Little Point Sauble on the 9th. inst., and was considerably injured.
      Erie Daily Dispatch
      Tuesday, October 15, 1867

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      The schr. GAZELLE ran ashore at Little Pt. Sauble, during the southwester on Wednesday, and has suffered considerable damage. This is the first time during an exsistance of 35 years, that the GAZELLE has gone ashore, a fact worthy of record. She was built at Maumee in 1832, was rebuilt in 1848, and again in 1865, and rates as a B 1 vessel. The GAZELLE is owned by Messrs. Portch & Co., of Sheboygan. She is 135 tons burthen, old measurement.
      Detroit Post
      October 16, 1867

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A Craft of Olden Time. - An account is given in the Milwaukee Sentinel of the loss of the schooner GAZELLE, of Sheboygan, which in some particulars is incorrect or the early marine records must be slightly astray. The GAZELLE was built at Maumee in 1846, and not 1832, and was 103 tons burthen old measurement. She was rebuilt in 1851, and consequently but 21 years have elapsed since she first came into commission. If we remember rightly there have been three vessels of the above name on the lakes, one of those built on Lake Ontario, the other two on Lake Erie. The GAZELLE which came out in 1832 hailed from this port for several years, but was wrecked several years since. If our version of the above record is incorrect we of course wish to be placed right in the matter.
      Detroit Free Press
      October 17, 1867



A Vessel Thirty-five Years Old. - In our comments last week relative to the loss of the schooner GAZELLE, on Lake Michigan, we expressed some doubts as to her being the old and original craft of that name, which came out in 1832. After minute inquiry in this locality we learn that such is the case, and the errors rest on the part of the underwriter's register. We also have at hand a rejoinder in the Milwaukee Sentinel, which clearly and unmistakably gives a correct version of her record. Taking it thus for granted, the GAZELLE was the last of our lake craft which were in service up to 1840.
      Detroit Free Press
      October 23, 1867

NOTE: This is something you didn't see very often in the old newspapers - a correction. Or is it? In the first article, the marine reporter obviously had some trepidation about challenging the story from another paper. Insurance underwriters' lists probably didn't show the 1832 GAZELLE (1864 list doesn't), so he assumed she no longer existed. But here's the punch line: Capt. Hall's list of 1867 accidents has the following notation for GAZELLE in September, "Schr GAZELLE, cargo lumber, ashore at Little Point au Sable. Got off." She is not shown on his list of total losses for the year, either. Hall's three GAZELLEs come up like this: the 103 t. (om) GAZELLE, built 1846, was out of Sheboygan in 1864, 69 and 71 (and shows in the 1869 Merchant Vessels as 78.55 t.), while the Lake Ontario GAZELLE was 97.77 t (132 t om), and was out of Oswego in 1855, Sacket's Harbor in 1864 and probably shows up in the 1869 MV as out of Cape Vincent, NY. The third American GAZELLE, which Hall claims was 93 t., but enrollment documents say was 60 t. - the one that doesn't show up on any lists in 1867 (or just before or after for that matter) - was built in 1832 (enrollment documents actually say '36), also at Maumee. Perhaps the 1836 and 1846 GAZELLEs are both the same vessel - enlarged and appearing as an essentially new vessel in 1846. She was still owned out of Perrysburg (Maumee) and Detroit in 1844. I wouldn't bet the farm on it either way. There may be, of course, still another (93 t, 1832) GAZELLE. Perhaps the Sentinel or the Ludington/Muskegon papers can shed more light on the question of which GAZELLE was really ashore, and what happened to her afterwards.


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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Damaged
Date of Original:
1867
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McN.W.14372
Language of Item:
English
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William R. McNeil
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Gazelle (Schooner), aground, 9 Oct 1867