The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Nautilus (Schooner), capsized, 23 Sep 1817

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Buffalo, September 25.
      A very heavy gale of wind was experienced on Lake Erie, on Tuesday last. Several vessels were driven down the lake, and some considerable injured. The schooner NAUTILUS, from this port for Sandusky, was upset about fifty miles above Erie. The passengers and crew succeeded in saving themselves on the side of the vessel until she drifted down the lake nearly off Erie, when Lt. Newcomb, of the U. S. Army, lately from Sackets Harbor, as a last resort, left the vessel and attempted to reach the shore by swimming; but being mush exhausted, having been on the wreck forty-eight hours without any kind of sustenance, he was overcome by the violence of the waves, and soon sunk, to rise no more, The remainder of the passengers and crew were soon relieved by a boat from shore.
      The Packet Boat PRESIDENT MONROE, owned by Mr. L. Hodge, of this village, was also upset off Dunkirk. The crew were saved by the assistance of a boat from the shore, which took them off after having been in the water several hours. --- Journal.
      Detroit Gazette
      October 10, 1817 p. 3, c. 1

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  • Pennsylvania, United States
    Latitude: 42.12922 Longitude: -80.08506
William R. McNeil
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Nautilus (Schooner), capsized, 23 Sep 1817