LAKE DISASTERS - SHIP WRECK - LOSS OF LIFE, &c. -- A letter from St. Joseph was received by O. Newberry Esq. of this city, yesterday morning, announcing the melancholy fact that the schooner BRIDGET was lost, a short time since, on Lake Michigan, off St. Joseph, with all the crew and passengers -- names and particulars as yet unknown. The cargo we understand, had been principally discharged; the loss of property is therefore trifling.
Detroit Free Press
Wednesday, November 25, 1835
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The Schooner BRIDGET, we have just learned, was wrecked in the previous gale, the one of the 11 th inst. which was so severe here, and extended, as we see by this, through the upper Lakes, also. She was driven ashore, near St. Josephs, on Lake Michigan, where she lies, upon her beam ends, a complete wreck. Captain Ludlow and all his crew lost. Fortunately she had been to Chicago--her outward destination, and landed her passengers and cargo, before the catastrophe.
Buffalo Whig & Journal
November 25, 1835
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LAKE DISASTERS - The schooner BRIDGET, we have just learned, was wrecked in the previous gale, the one of the 11th. inst., which was so severe here, and extended, as we see by this, through the Upper Lakes also. She was driven ashore near St. Josephs, on Lake Michigan, where she lies, upon her beam ends, a complete wreck. Capt. Ludlow and all his crew lost. Fortunately she had been to Chicago, her outward destination, and landed her passengers and cargo, before the catastrophe. - Buffalo 17th.
Buffalo Daily Star
Thursday, November 26, 1835
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Lake Disasters. - On Sunday night and Monday morning last, we had the wind quite fresh from the south-west - but no way sufficient to create any anxiety for Lake Vessels. We are pained to learn, since, however, that its much greater severity west of us has caused several disasters.
The steam boat Columbus, Captain Walker, we hear, is beached near the Light House, at Lake Erie, damage unknown. She threw over her deck load consisting of one hundred and thirty barrels of oysters, before going ashore. The steam boat Daniel Webster, struck upon the pier at Grand River, in attempting to enter; amount of damage unknown, as she fell off and came to anchor some ten miles below, after the accident. She is reported to have thrown overboard fifteen horses before she struck. No lives lost, that we hear.
The schooner Bridget, we have just learned, was wrecked in the previous gale, the one of the 11th inst., which was so severe here, and extended as we see by this through the upper lakes also. She was driven ashore near St. Josephs, on Lake Michigan, where she lies, upon her beam ends, a complete wreck. Capt. Ludlow and all his crew lost, fortunately she had been at Chicago, her outward destination, and landed her passengers and cargo, before the catastophe.-- Buffalo Whig.
December 15, 1835
NOTE. - A letter protesting the above statement was published on Nov. 27th., it stated that Capt. Ludlow was NOT lost on board the schr. BRIDGET, near St. Joseph. It seems the Captain was fortunately on shore, and escaped.
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BRIDGET, of Detroit. Schooner, two masts, built Mount Clemens 1834 by David Crocket. 118.70 tons.
77.6 x 22.6 x 7.10. Managing owner, James Abbot. Captain, James S. Lundy
Port of Detroit Enrollments
No. 15 of 1834
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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
Wednesday, February 9, 1848
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