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Illinois (Schooner), suicide, 1 May 1844

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SUICIDE - We learn from Capt. Pheatt that Capt. Pickering, late master of the schooner ILLINOIS, cut his throat and bled to death, at St. Catharines, within a day or two. It seems that the deceased had built a new vessel at Oswego, and that attempting to pass through the Welland Canal, for a western port, she stuck fast, being too wide for the lock, and there remains. This it appears so mortified the master, that he resolved upon self-destruction and accomplished it in the manner above mentioned. Capt. Pickering leaves a young wife and four children at Oswego.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 5, 1844 2 - 1

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.16681 Longitude: -79.24958
William R. McNeil
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Illinois (Schooner), suicide, 1 May 1844