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James K. Polk (Sloop), lost, 3 Nov 1845


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Capt. Ward of the Champion, sends the following memorandum of disasters on Lake Michigan: The sloop JAMES K. POLK, with 7 persons on board, left St. Joseph on Sunday morning last, for Chicago, with a load of lumber. She has not been heard from since, and is supposed to be lost with all on board.
      The schooner OCEAN, of Mackinac, was visited this morning by the steamer CHAMPION, about 6 miles north of St. Joseph, and 2 miles from shore. She is a complete wreck having lost her boat and davits, carried away her mainmast, her sails torn into rags, hatches off, and lumber in the hold. There were no persons on board, and it is supposed that the crew were all lost. She had the appearance of having been capsized and righted again. - Detroit Adv. Nov. 10.
      Daily National Pilot, Buffalo
      November 13, 1845

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In the loss of the Schooner OCEAN, four of our citizens have passed from time to eternity. Just before the OCEAN sailed from this port, Capt. McGregor came to our office, subscribed for our paper, and with boyancy of health and spirits good humeredly contrasted the varied and exciting life of a sailor with the monotony of a printer's existence, and his hearty laugh and jovial voice still ring in our ears. He has left a wife and 1 child. The Mate, Mr. Russel, has also left a wife and child.
The second mate, Quiner, has left a wife and 5 or 6 children to mourn his loss. The cabin boy, an Irish lad, has left a mouther who was partially dependent upon him for support.
We hope the tears of widows and orphans will incite goverment to some action in favor of our Lake harbors. - Milwaukee Gazette.
      Daily National Pilot, Buffalo
      November 22, 1845

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      THE MILWAUKEE FLEET
      What may be the above vessel is taken from a "List Of Vessels Engaged Directly In The Trade Of Milwaukee," in all 26 sail vessels:
      " Schooner OCEAN, 60 tons, owned by G.D. Dousman."
      Daily National Pilot, Buffalo
      July 7, 1845

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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
      Buffalo Republic
      Wednesday, February 9, 1848

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Reason: lost
Lives: 7
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1845
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McN.W.16366
Language of Item:
English
  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.68473 Longitude: -86.53036
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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James K. Polk (Sloop), lost, 3 Nov 1845