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Drift (Schooner), false report, 4 Nov 1837

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We learn by a gentleman just arrived from Chicago. that the schooner DRIFT, from St Joseph bound to Chicago, with a cargo of flour and 12 passengers, was capsized on the night of the 4th inst. and every soul on board lost. Mr. Bliss of New York, was among the passengers. She made signals of distress to a vessel at some distance, (The Wave) bound to the same port; but the violence of the storm rendered any attempt to assist her useless. On the intelligence reaching Chicago, several vessels put out in search of her; but returned without success and there can be no doubt but that all on board have found a watery grave. --- Constantine Repub.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Thursday, November 23, 1837

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NOT LOST. -- The schooner DRIFT, reported to have been lost on her passage from St. Joseph to Chicago, twelve persons drowned, arrived at St. Joseph on thr 15th inst., all well.
      Cleveland Daily Herald
      Tuesday, November 28, 1837

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Reason: false report
Lives: 18
Freight: flour
Remarks: Uninjured
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.68473 Longitude: -86.53036
William R. McNeil
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Drift (Schooner), false report, 4 Nov 1837