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Edward Bancroft (Schooner), aground, 18 Nov 1842


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VESSELS ASHORE -- There are two vessels ashore upon the other side of the lake. One, the BANCROFT, loaded with salt for Wheeler & Porter, on the St. Joseph, insured. And the other the FLORIDA, from Buffalo. The JUNEAU was in their company, loaded with salt for Chicago, insured, and is supposed to be lost. -- Chicago Dem.
      Detroit Free Press
      Monday, November 28, 1842

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      WRECKS. -- Our worst fears have been realized. The night of Thursday the 17th, will long be remembered as one of the most fearful nights upon the lakes that has ever been witnessed. We have been favored with the following letter from St. Joseph to J.F. Porter, of this village. -- Niles Republican.
      St. Joseph, Nov. 19, 1842
SIR - The BANCROFT, in attempting to make the harbor this morning at daylight, struck on the bar off the north pier and went ashore below the south pier. The crew have just got ashore. She had on board 300 barrels salt, 300 barrels apples, Hawk's goods, purchased at Buffalo, and some other goods and furniture, the amount not ascertained. She will be a total wreck - now several feet of water in her hold.
      It has been a severe gale and snow storm and I expect to hearfof more loss of property and some loss of life.
      The BANCROFT was owned by Wheeler & Porter and Capt. Bouton.
      Detroit Free Press
      Wednesday, November 30, 1842
     
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      It is understood that the schr. BANCROFT, lost at St. Joseph, had on board 30 bbls. salt, a like quantity of apples and an invoice of merchandise belonging to a Mr. Hawks, of that place. The vessel was jointly owned by Messrs. Wheeler & Porter and the Master, Captain Bouton. She was insured for $2,500, and it is thought will be a total wreck.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      December 6, 1842

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      Schr. BANCROFT, ashore near St. Joseph. Total loss. Loss and damage to vessel
$3,000. No lives lost.
      Losses By The November Gale
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 18, 1842

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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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      The Storm on the Lakes - asks the question: could the gale of 18th Nov. have been anticipated? The answer is yes with the use of barometers.
      -Losses on the Western Lakes
      The annexed list is supposed to comprise all the vessels that have suffered material loss the past season on Lake Erie & the Western lakes. The estimated damage, being founded on public report, is not to be relied upon; but the aggregate amount is supposed to be much short of the actual loss. No estimate has been made of furniture of emigrants, or baggage of passengers. The amount of losses covered by insurance heard of is $21,725.
      Loss and Loss and Lives
In the gale of 18th Nov. Damage to vessels damage of cargoes lost

Brig 0. Richmond, ashore in Buffalo Bay $700
Schr. Jefferson, do. do. (total loss) $2,500 $600 9
Schr Walter Joy, do do $1,000 $1,000
Schr Brandywine, do do (total loss) $1,000 $800 8
Schr Lord Seaton, (Brit) do do $1,000
S.B. Chicago, ashore near Catteraugus creek $5,000 $5,000
Schr N Hubbard, near Conneaut, (total loss) $3,000 7
Schr Ben Franklin, ashore near Fairport (total loss) $2,500
Schr Alleghan, ashore near do $500
Schr Ohio, ashore near Point Abino $400
Schr Edwin Jenny, do do $1,200
Brig Frances Mills, do do $1,500 $1,200
Schr Florida, do do (total loss) $2,000 $1,483
Schr Lagure, do do, do $1,500 $2,500 6
Schr M Kingman, do do $400
Schr Mississippi, do do $400 $75
Schr Indiana, do do (total loss) $3,000 $750
Ship Milwaukie, ashore near Kalamazoo, Mich. (total loss) 10,000 7,500 7
Schr Columbus, ashore near G. River, Mich. (total loss) 2,800 2,812
Schr Florida, ashore near St. Josephs, Mich. (total loss) 3,000
Schr Bancroft, * do do, (total loss) 2,700
S.B. Wisconsin near Chicago $3,000
Schr S Juneau, dismasted and drifted into Grand River, Mich $500
S B C Trowbridge, ashore near Milwaukie $3,000
Schr Herald, (Br) ashore near G. River, Canada $500
Schr H Colvin, on Lake Erie, deck loading $80
Schr John Grant, on Lake Erie, chain and anchor $100
Schr A Wilcox, on Lake Huron, deck loading $375
Schr J Richards, ashore on Point Au Barques, Lake Huron $1,000
Schr Detroit, missing no tidings, (total loss) $750 6
Schr Carolina, missing on Lake Huron, (total loss) $1,500 6
Schr Emily, (Br) missing no tidings, (total loss) $2,500 8
Schr Merchant and schr J _ , lost 1 man each 2
      $58,850 $24,27552
Sept. 8 - Schr Acorn, run down and sunk on L. Erie $4,400 $3,000
Oct. - Schr. Lodi run down and sunk on Lake Erie $500
Nov. 5 - S B Vermillion burned at Huron, Lake Erie $25,000 $5,7003
Dec. - S B Erie, cut by ice and sunk on Lake St. Clair $3,000 3
      $91,750 $52,97569
[note - these figures don't add up but are as per originals]
      [Cleveland Herald]
      Upper Canada Herald (Kingston)
      January 31, 1843 p.2


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Notes:
Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $3,000
Freight: salt, apples, &c.
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1842
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Local identifier:
McN.W.14444
Language of Item:
English
  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.10976 Longitude: -86.48002
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Edward Bancroft (Schooner), aground, 18 Nov 1842