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Favorite (Schooner), sunk by ice, 3 Dec 1845

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The schooner FAVORITE, Capt. Keeler, on her way to Toledo, being cut by the ice, filled and sunk yesterday, in 24 ft. of water, 8 or 10 miles south east of this port, heavily laden with merchandise. The vessel was owned by Captain Keeler, and a good share of the cargo; over $5,000, lost to him, and without insurance.
      Captain and crew, 6 in all, finding all efforts to save anything, of no avail, and unable to use the long boat, took to the ice as a last hope, which was only half an inch in thickness, and rising and falling with the swells beneath it; and after 3 or 4 hours of imminent peril and severe suffering, reached Raisin Point. The practiced the precaution to tie themselves together with a long rope, in order that if anyone broke through, the rest might pull him out. In this manner, in two seperate parties, each one provided also, with one or more oars, they sought the shore; and all except Captain Keeler, broke through several times, and were drawn out by their companions. Their escape, considering the adverse circumstances attending their situation was truly wonderful. Capt. Keeler, throughout the whole evidently exercised great presence of mind, coolness and deliberation, which no doubt contributed essentially to the preservation of himself and crew; and all will deplore his heavy loss. - Monroe (Mich.) Advocate, 4th.
      Daily National Pilot, Buffalo
      Wednesday, December 10, 1845

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"MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING" - There is at present lying on the dock, near the foot of First Street, an anchor of English manufacture, forged entirely out of one piece of iron, except the stock; also a swivel chain to match, weighing 2 1/4 pounds to the link, and being 7/4 of an inch in diameter. They were brought to this port yesterday by the little steam yacht Mamie, which has been engaged in looking up that "crooked" whisky, with which the schooner Favorite is said to have been laden with when, in 1832,* she was cut into by the ice and sunk off the mouth of the Raisin River. The anchor has the name "Acraman" stamped on it between the flukes, and weighs something over 700 lbs, and looks as though it had lain at the bottom of Lake Erie for over half a century. Various conjectures were made concerning it, some asserting that it belonged to one of the British fleet that was engaged in fighting that of Commodore Perry at the battle of Lake Erie, supporting their assertion by the fact that the name "Acraman" imprinted on the anchor was the name of one of the British fleet opposed to Perry. This is not so, however. The name of the vessels which took part in that memorable engagement are as follows: the ships Detroit and Queen Charlotte, the schooner Lady Prevost, the brig Hunter, and two smaller vessels, the Chippewa and Little Belt. Of the nine vessels which Commodore Perry commanded, none of them sported the classic name of "Acraman," neither does history throw any light on the subject as to whether they were in possession of an anchor of British manufacture, for the fact cannot be denied that the aforesaid anchor is of British make. Capt. Mellon of the tug Niagara will probably purchase the anchor for use upon his tug.
      Detroit Tribune
      November 13, 1875

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      A wrecking expedition has been organized at Chicago with a capital of 50,000 Dollars to go in search of the schooner FAVORITE lost in Lake Erie, off Nonroe Island, Michigan near Sister Island, many years ago. She had on board a cargo of 253 barrels of whiskey, six pipes of Canadian Brandy and a large lot of other choice liquers.
      The wreck has been seen two or three times of late years when the water was clear and the wreckers believe that they can find it and sequre the whole cargo of Line old liquers
      Sandusky Register
      December 6, 1881


Chicago Times: C. H. Cook, a prominent mill man of Whitehall, and Capt. McBride of the propeller Snook, have chartered the tug Wm. Richards to visit the long sunken schooner about two miles north of Little Point Sauble, supposed to be the ill-fated Favorite that went down 42 years ago - in 1839 - about Christmas time, with a cargo of iron and whiskey, highwines, agricultural implements, etc. The wreck is in six fathoms of water. Many believe it is the Neptune, others the Osceola. The well known Chicago diver Mr. Falshon, has made a vist to the sunken craft in the interests of the above named and found that her stern has all gone, and also part of her deck. She lays deeply buried in the sand. Some very ancient dishes, three old-fashioned cart wheels, an iron kettle, a flat iron, and numerous other trinkets have been found, all denoting the olden times. He found five tons of iron and steel. The tug has gone for another visit. It is supposed that there are many barrels of whiskey on the vessel over 50 years old.
      Detroit Post and Tribune
      August 6, 1881

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Reason: sunk by ice
Lives: nil
Freight: merchandise
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 41.91643 Longitude: -83.39771
William R. McNeil
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Favorite (Schooner), sunk by ice, 3 Dec 1845