The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
General Houston (Schooner), sunk, 1 Sep 1837

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LAKE DISASTER. -- On Saturday last the dead body of a man by the name of Mitchel was found on the beach near Euclid, supposed to have been lost off the steamboat CONSTITUTION. On the same day a schooner was discovered sunk about one mile below the mouth of the Chagrin River, five miles from shore with her masts about 20 feet out of water. It is supposed to be the "GEN. HOUSTIN." from Lake Ontario, owned at Oswego, N. Y., as an oar has come to land marked " G. Houston." No doubt she was lost in the thunder storm last week, and that all on board perished. Three bodies have been found on the beach adjacent the wreck. In the pocket of one of them was found a paper purporting to be a bill of account against Issac Coolidge, embracing also an account against Lake A. White. The bill was in favor of, and receipted by Robinson, White & Williams, and dated 14th. June, 1837.
      One of them had no papers about him, but had an anchor marked on his left hand, and on his right, the letters "W. S. B." with India ink. The two last were supposed to be each about 25 years of age. The other was a lad about 16 years of age, with a blue roundabout, and horn buttons buttoned up close.
      We understand that efforts are being made to raise the vessel and if their exertions are attended with success, something further will be ascertained in regard to the vessel and her crew. --- Painesville Republic, Sept. 7.
      Erie Observer
      September 23, 1837

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  • Pennsylvania, United States
    Latitude: 42.12922 Longitude: -80.08506
William R. McNeil
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General Houston (Schooner), sunk, 1 Sep 1837