Democratic Free Press (Detroit, MI), Tue., 18 Dec, 1839
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DREADFUL SHIPWRECK AND LOSS OF LIFE
We received by the last western mail the following letter, giving an account of a melancholy shipwreck and loss of life on Lake Michigan:
Muskegon, Ottawa Co., Mich.
Nov., 29th, 1839
Editor of the Free Press:
Sir. - The Brig Neptune, John H. Sims, Master, was driven ashore at Little Point au Sable, about 30 miles north of Muskegon river in the gale of Monday the 25th inst. There was on board in all, NINE of the crew and ELEVEN passengers, all drowned and perished with the cold, except Capt. Sims, who, with two others, reached the shore. One, the brother of the captain, and Webster, the mate, the two who ventured to leave the wreck with the captain, perished immediately on reaching the shore. The brig was full freighted from Buffalo for Chicago, principally with merchandize. Capt. Sims, who was without eating or anything to eat from Monday morning till Friday morning, came out to the settlement yesterday. He is badly frost-bitten, but in good spirits. - The people from this place go out tomorrow to bury the dead, and save what they can from the wreck."
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