The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Susquehanna (Schooner), sunk, 23 Aug 1865

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LAKE DISASTER - The schooner SUSQUEHANNA, lately sold by Genl. Reed to Capt. Campbell, of Buffalo, cleared from Buffalo for Chicago last week, partly laden with staves, and stopped here Monday to take coal for the balance of her cargo. She then cleared again for Chicago, but when beyond Conneaut on Wednesday sprung a leak. The captain immediately put about for Erie, but when about 6 miles off Conneaut the schooner suddenly lurched down at the bow, and in another minute went down head foremost to the bottom, leaving her topmast just sticking out of the water. The captain and crew barely saved their lives by taking to the boat losing everything but what they happened to wear. The schooner may be raised. The captain saved one man by pulling him into the boat in a half drowned condition. Like some of the men, the captain had to borrow vest, coat and hat to reach Erie with.
      Erie Daily Dispatch
      Saturday, August 26, 1865

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GONE ON ANOTHER EXPEDITION. -- The Home Insurance Company's wrecking steamer MAGNET, Capt. J.P. Hodges, was despatched yesterday to Lake Erie in quest of the schooner SUSQUEHANNA, which was sunk off Conneaut a few days since, with 315 tons of coal on board. The MAGNET's mission on this occasion will be mearly for the recovery of the sails and rigging, as well as other effects of the lost vessel. -- Detroit Free Press, 4th.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      September 5, 1865

SAILS AND OUTFIT RECOVERED. -- The Home Insurance Co,'s wrecking steamer MAGNET, Captain J.P. Hodges, which left here a few days since, to search for the wrecked schooner SUSQUEHANNA, sunk a few days since in lake Erie, returned to this port yesterday morning. The success which usually attends the MAGNET's explorations was fully exemplified in the present instance, as all that was sought for has been recovered, including anchors, chains, and all the outfit belonging to the lost vessel which was of any value. -- Detroit Free Press
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      September 12, 1865

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: coal, staves
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.94756 Longitude: -80.55424
William R. McNeil
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Susquehanna (Schooner), sunk, 23 Aug 1865