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Young Lion (Schooner), sunk, 12 Jul 1836

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SHIPWRECK ON LAKE ERIE. --About midnight, on Wednesday last, the schooner YOUNG LION, Capt. Moran, bound to Toledo, with a consignment of railroad iron and lumber, when about 12 miles from Erie, during a hard blow, sprang a leak, and almost immediately afterwards went down. There were no passengers; the mate, cook and one of the hands were lost; the captain, and the remaining four of the crew, saved themselves by clinging to the topmast, about eight feet of which was above water -- where they remained in a state of exhaustion for eight hours. The perilous situation of Captain M. and his remaining hands, was fortunately seen from the schooner NEW YORK, when they were promptly relieved. The YOUNG LION was owned by Messrs. Smith, Macy & Russell.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      July 16, 1836

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      SHIPWRECK AND LOSS OF LIFE. -- The schooner YOUNG LION, Capt. Moran, bound for Maumee with a cargo of railroad iron, sprung a leak on Wednesday last about one o'clock, when about ten miles above this port, and six miles from shore, and so great was the leak, that, with all the diligence which could be used to counteract it, the vessel sunk in about half an hour after it was first discovered, and before the hands were enabled to lower the small boat. Eight persons were on board, of whom three, including the mate have not since been heard from, and are unquestionably drowned. The other five remained swimming in the water a few minutes when the vessel righted up so as to leave a portion of her masts out of water to which they attached themselves, and remained until morning, when they were taken off by the crew of the schooner NEW YORK, which had heard the cries of distress during the night, but not being able to ascertain the point, cast anchor and remained there until daylight. The cause and character of the leak could not be ascertained, but it was supposed that the butt of a plank had sprung off. ----- Observer
      Cleveland Weekly Herald
      Thursday, July 21, 1836

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WRECK DISCOVERED. -- Capt. D. Chapin of New York gives notice in the Erie Gazette that he has discovered the wreck of the YOUNG LION, laden with rail road iron bound for the state of Michigan, and also the exact location of the steamer ERIE. He states that the discoveries were made by the aid of a compass of his own invention. The LION he says lies off the mouth of Walnut Creek, and the ERIE six miles from Silver Creek light-house, and about 4 and a half miles from Cattaragus pier. He has placed buoys upon the wrecks, and forbids interference, as he intends to raise them as soon as the weather and season permits.
      How many times has the ill-fated ERIE been found by the aid of magnetism ?
      Buffalo Daily Gazette
      February 21, 1844

Schooner YOUNG LION.--This vessel, which sank off Erie in 1839, while on her way to Monroe, with railroad iron, has been discovered by Capt. Chapin. He states that the discovery was made by means of a compass of his own invention. The LION, he says, lies off the mouth of Walnut Creek, and the wreck of the ERIE, six miles from Silver Creek lighthouse, and about 4 1/2 miles from Cattaraugus pier. Capt. C. has it in contemplation to raise the schooner, next season. -- Buff. Comm. Adv.
      Detroit Daily Advertiser
      February 28, 1844

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: lumber, r/r iron
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Pennsylvania, United States
    Latitude: 42.12922 Longitude: -80.08506
William R. McNeil
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Young Lion (Schooner), sunk, 12 Jul 1836