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J. W. Sargent (Schooner), U12858, sunk, 1 Dec 1872

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A heavy northwest gale passed over the head of Lake Erie yesterday, causing serious disasters to the shipping. Tug TORRENT with schr. J.W. SARGENT and five barges, all coal laden from Cleveland, struck ice at the islands. Two of the barges sunk. The others and the schooner were abandoned.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 30, 1872 3-5

About the close of the season a tow of barges, including aslo the schr. J.W. SARGENT, all laden with coal for Detroit, on arriving at Middle Bass Island became so firmly surrounded by ice as to prevent any further progress on the voyage. The names of the barges were the MORNING STAR, RITCHIE, ONTARIO, JOHN F. WARREN and the OTTAWA. The latter craft sunk and became a total loss soon after reaching the above place. The RITCHIE at the same time also stranded and became a total loss. The ONTARIO drifted out into the lake and was not seen afterward. The MORNING STAR, WARREN and schr. SARGENT were well anchored and under as good protection under the island as could be secured under the circumstances. Within the past few days it is supposed they have parted their cables, and have also been sunk by the ice and totally lost. , with their cargo save the SARGENT, which has been discovered adrift in the lake from various points on the north shore, and was last seen somewhere off Rondeau on or about the 15th instant. Capt. Sims her late master has left on a visit to the coast, and will use every possible endeavor to rescue the lost vessel. - Detroit Post.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      December 21, 1872 3-7

ADRIFT IN THE LAKE. -- The vessel reported seen passing Kelley's Island, Lake Erie, a few weeks since, was the schooner J.W. SARGENT, which broke adrift from her anchors, near Put-in-Bay, in December last. The vessel had been seen in the vicinity of the Islands about every ten days. During the last thaw she came within two miles of Kelley's Island, but there was no way of reaching her on account of the floating ice. The spars, ropes, &c., appear in good condition, with the exception of something dangling from the jibboom. She sailed with the ice, altering her course with the wind, and towards night started for the open water again.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      February 6, 1873

There now remains but little doubt that the schr. J.W. SARGENT during the winter was cut down by the ice, and with her cargo has gone to the bottom. It will be remembered that at the close of the season she, with other craft, was hemmed in by the sudden closing in the ice drifts, and all left at Middle Sister, Lake Erie. She was since reported off Rondeau, but nothing further has been seen or heard of her.
      Detroit Free Press
      April 2, 1873

Nothing has been heard of the schr. J.W. SARGENT since she was last seen off Rondeau. It is feared that she has been cut down by the ice and lost.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 3, 1873 3-5

SCHOONER J.W. SARGENT. - Nothing has been heard of this vessel since she was last seen off Rondeau. It is feared that she has been cut down by the ice and lost.
      Buffalo Evening Post
      April 3, 1873

The schr. J.W. SARGENT and barge ONTARIO are still among the missing, and have not been seen by either of the other vessels that wintered in the ice at the head of the lake. Their owners have well nigh abandoned all hope of their recovery.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 14, 1873 3-5

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      The owner of the lost barges MORNING STAR, OTTAWA, ONTARIO and J.W. SARGENT have been making a diligent search for the past two weeks near the Islands, but thus far it has been fruitless, and further efforts have been abandoned.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, May 7, 1873

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Capt. Charles Heams, who was formerly the owner of the schr. J.W. SARGENT, which was carried off by the 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 a view of her sufficient to distinctly read her name of her quarter boards. She lies about 5 miles below Long Point Cut in about 16 ft. of water. She rests with her stern off the bottom and 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 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.
      Detroit Free Press
      November 6, 1874

The schr. J.W. SARGENT, which was carried off by the ice in the winter of 1872-73, and never heard from, has lately been discovered in 16 ft. of water about 5 miles below Long Pt. Some of the outfit was still hanging on her. An investigation will be made to see if she is worth trying to recover.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 9, 1874 3-6

Schooner J.W. SARGENT. U. S. No. 12773. Of 98.49 tons. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871

Schooner JOHN W. SARGENT. U. S. No. 12773. Built Racine, Wis., by Beckwith in 1855. Of 98 tons. Re-number in 1870 as U 12858. Lost and abandoned 1872.
      Herman Runge Notes

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J. W. Sargent (Schooner), U12858, sunk, 1 Dec 1872