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Surprise (Schooner), capsized, 22 Jun 1827

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The wreck of the British schr. SURPRISE has been brought into this port. She was taken up opposite Hamburgh. Capt. Secor was found dead on board, and has been buried at that place. Two other persons are supposed to have been lost.
      Buffalo Emporium
      June 25, 1827

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GALE. -- On the 22d ult. a severe gale occurred at the eastern end of Lake Erie. Much damage was done to the salt, and other articles deposited in the stores in what is called the lower village, in Buffalo, in consequence of the rise of water. The schr. SURPRISE was discovered on Sunday morning, waterlogged, about 8 miles above Buffalo, and on visiting her, the Capt., Philip Secord, was found dead near the windlass, entangled among the rigging. The vessel was a complete wreck; and the crew, consisting of the capt., two hands, and a boy, are supposed to be lost. The schr. NUCLEUS, of Buffalo,went ashore at Sandusky, but will be got off without much injury.
      Detroit Gazette
      July 3, 1827 p. 2, c. 2

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      The Late Gale. - The disasters on the lake, at the late gale, are not as serious as we apprehended.
      The steamboat SUPERIOR, was struck by the storm off Grand River, and succeeded in making the harbor of ERIE. Her boat was ashore, and in endeavouring to reach the steamboat, it was driven on the beach.
      The schooner NUCLEUS was beached, near Sandusky.
      The British schooner SURPRISE, with lumber from the Grand River, was wrecked; loading washed out, Capt. Secord found dead on board, and her crew, said to consist of two hands and a boy, probably washed overboard. She was discovered a few miles from Buffalo.
      Colonial Advocate
      Thursday, July 12, 1827

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Reason: capsized
Lives: 4
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss ?
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.71589 Longitude: -78.82948
William R. McNeil
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Surprise (Schooner), capsized, 22 Jun 1827