The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Tribune (Detroit, MI), 6 Nov, 1874

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DISCOVERY OF A LOST VESSEL. - Capt. Charles Heams, who was formerly the owner of the schooner J. W. Sargent, which was carried off by ice during the winter of 1873 while anchored among the islands at the head of Lake Erie, discovered the locality of the lost craft while on a recent voyage upon Lake Erie, and had a view of her sufficient to distinctly read her name on her quarter boards. She lies about five miles below Long Point cut in about sixteen feet of water. She rests with her stern off the bottom with some of her outfit dangling from the wreck. After obtaining the first view of the wreck he stood about with his vessel and again discovered sufficient evidence as to satisfy him that it was none other than the vessel in question. It is not improbable that an effort will be made to regain possession of the long lost craft.

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The hulk of the SARGENT was found nearly 150 miles from where she was left at anchor in the fall of 1872. Heams, of Chicago, was a former owner, but not the owner of the vessel at the time of her loss, so likely would have had no motive for fabricating this story. You can, therefore, take this as a case of mistaken identity, a tall tale, or a testimonial to the power of drifting ice.
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6 Nov, 1874
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Tribune (Detroit, MI), 6 Nov, 1874