The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Prince Eugene (Schooner), aground, 1 Nov 1834

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SHIPWRECK. -- We learn, with regret, that the schooner PRINCE EUGENE was some days since wrecked in Sable Bay, twenty miles North of Sable Point, and about 180 miles North of the mouth of St. Joseph. We have not yet been able to obtain the particulars, but understand she was driven ashore in a gale, and that she is now entirely under water, with her whole cargo, which is estimated at seventy thousand dollars. The sufferers, we learn, are Messrs. Bowman & Judson, of White Pigeon, Mr. Chapin, of South Bend, Ind., Mr. Huff, of St. Joseph, Mr. Comstock, Kalamazoo, and others, whose names have not reached us. The master has arrived at the mouth of St. Joseph, and vessels are about to be sent to recover such goods as can be obtained from the wreck........ --- St. Joseph Statesman.
      Detroit Free Press
      Wednesday, November 19, 1834

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      SHIPWRECK: We learn by the Detroit Journal that the schooner PRINCE EUGENE containing a valuable cargo of merchandise, and bound for the St. Joseph River, was lost one hundred miles below the mouth of the river, in a violent gale, about two weeks since. The vessel is said to be a complete wreck, and most of the cargo lost. The crew were all saved.
      Buffalo Daily Star
      Friday, November 21, 1834

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VESSEL OST. -- We learn that the schooner PRINCE EUGENE, containing a valuable cargo of merchandise, and bound for the mouth of St. Joseph River, was lost during a violent gale, about two weeks ago, about one hundred miles below the mouth of the river. The vessel is a complete wreck, and a great part of the carho lost. The crew were saved -- Detroit Journal.
      Buffalo Whig
      November 26, 1834
      NOTE: - 100 miles below the St. Joseph River, would be about White Lake to Little Sable Point area ?


Schooner PRINCE EUGENE 104.11 tons - built 1832 at Huron, Ohio - Two masts. Scroll head. 71' x 20'11" x 8'1".
      Detroit Port Enrollments
      No. 17 of 1832
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Capt. Patterson.-- Among the deaths we have this week to record, is that of Capt. Alvin Patterson, of Huron Ohio. He was master of the Schooner PRINCE EUGINE, which, it will be recollected was wrecked about one hundred and thirty miles north of St. ]osephs, in October last. His death was caused by exposure and fatigue incident to that event, and his unremitted efforts for the rescue of the cargo from the wreck. Capt. P. was a favourite with all who knew him, and as a seaman and commander, stood deservedly high.
      Buffalo Whig
      December 31, 1834 p. 2, c. 7

      DIED. --- On the 26th October last, Capt. Alvin Patterson, of the schooner PRINCE EUGENE, aged 25 years.
      Buffalo Whig
      December 31, 1834

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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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Reason: aground
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    Latitude: 43.68473 Longitude: -86.53036
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Prince Eugene (Schooner), aground, 1 Nov 1834