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Middlesex (Schooner), U16437, sunk, 1876

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THE "MIDDLESEX" -- The New York Sun, in speaking of the arrival of the crew of the schooner MIDDLESEX on the steamship ENGLAND, says: "On Tuesday, the 19th, in a heavy gale, the schooner MIDDLESEX, of Milwaukee, was sighted showing signals of distress. She was waterlogged and her crew were exhausted. Four days and nights they had stood at the pumps, and two ships had passed them without heeding their signals. Captain Calbrick, Mate Bulger, and five men and cook, forming the crew, and the vessel's owner, Mr. Wright, were taken off. Their personal baggage was saved." The MIDDLESEX was built in 1846. She took in her cargo of deals at Manistee and left Quebec on the 8th inst. She must have been well across the ocean when the steamer took her crew off. The old schooner was insured.
      Cleveland Herald
      Wednesday, October 4, 1876

SCHOONER MIDDLESEX LOST. - The Milwaukee Sentinel is in recent private advices that the schooner Middlesex, deal laden, from Manistee for Europe, sprung a leak on the passage over and, becoming waterlogged, was abandoned to her fate. The crew were picked up by a passing steamer and landed in New York. No mention is made of when or where the disaster occurred, but as the craft had bade good-bye to this coast in the 7th or 8th inst, she must have been well out upon the Atlantic. The Middlesex was a vessel of 266 tons, and twenty years old, having been built by Messrs. Quayle & Martin at Cleveland in 1856, and consequently was wholly unfit for a contest with old ocean's billows. Her owner, Mr. John Wright of this city, left here with the intention of crossing on the vessel, and was probably on board when she was lost. Amount of insurance not known. - Chicago, 27.
      Detroit Advertiser and Tribune
      September 29, 1876

THE SCHOONER MIDDLESEX. - The captain and crew of the schr Middlesex, lost on the Atlantic with a cargo of deals, have arrived home. The accident was caused by the oakum working out of a seam during a gale. The captain says that, although the Middlesex was an old vessel, she was well preserved and in a seaworthy condition, being well able to perform the voyage across the ocean.
      Detroit Advertiser and Tribune
      October 13, 1876

THE LAST OF THE MIDDLESEX. -- The following dispatch has been received from London, England: "The British brig ADA FULTON, which arrived at Queenstown today, reports having set fire to the water-logged and abandoned schooner MIDDLESEX, of Milwaukee.
      Cleveland Herald
      Thursday, October 12, 1876

      According to the statements of the owners of the schooner MIDDLESEX, which was lost last fall, while crossing the Atlantic with a cargo of deals, the foreign companies in which she was insured have not yet settled their losses.
      Cleveland Herald
      April 28. 1877
Schooner MIDDLESEX. U. S. No. 16437. Of 266.39tons. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio.
      Merchant vessel List, U. S., 1871

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  • North Carolina, United States
    Latitude: 35.22546 Longitude: -75.5621
William R. McNeil
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Middlesex (Schooner), U16437, sunk, 1876