The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
La Grange (Schooner), capsized/sunk, 1 Dec 1835

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"The schooner LA GRAIn, a fine vessel, commanded by Captain Chanchois, with a full cargo of merchandise from Buffalo for Detroit, was capsized near Point Pelee and sunk about seven wiles from shore. All perished
except a man and boy, who were taken off the mast the next morning, nearly frozen to death. The vessel was never recovered."
      Beer's `History of the Great Lakes', Vol. 1:
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"By a letter received in this city, we learn that the Schooner LA GRANGE, from Buffalo for Detroit with a full cargo, was upset and sunk during the gale last Saturday Evening, about 7 miles from the shore. All hands perished except a man and boy, who were taken off the mast next morning nearly frozen to death. The boy's life is despaired of. it is presumed the schooner will be raised as her masts are still out of water."
      Detroit DAILY FREE PRESS,
      December 18, 1835
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Schooner LA GRANGE - On Friday last, WC published a brief notice, of the loss of this vessel, from a source entitled to credit. The Detroit `Journal' of the next morning says: "The account of the loss of the LA GRANDE,
contained in the `Free Press' yesterday, is entirely erroneous." And then, in the same column, the `Journal' gives a much more lengthy and detailed account of the same loss, in substance confirming all we had said. We do not know bow this happen. In charity, however, we may attribute it to a certain event which we find narrated in the `Journal' of the 19th inst. in the words and figures following, to wit:

MARRIED: At Ann Arbor, on the 16th inst. by the Rev. Mr. Gregory, Geo. Corselius, Esq. (Editor of the Detroit `Journal') to Miss Clementia A. Cardell, of the former place.
      Detroit DAILY FREE PRESS
      December 21. 1835.

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LA GRANGE - Schooner - 101 tons - built 1826 - owner, Mt. Clemens

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      I wrote the Marine Record some three years ago that the schooner LA GRANGE, which was cut through by ice, in December 1836 sank in that vicinity. The wreck bears SSE 3½ miles from the spit of Point Pelee, and lies in six fathoms of water. She had on board a valuable cargo of brandy, wine, laths and Swedish iron. Capt. Oushaway was master, and he and his wife froze to death in the rigging. Only two ot the crew were saved,and these lost their feet. Mr. Bloom, of Detroit, took care of them for some time. She was a strong vessel, all oak with natural crooks. I feel positive that the LOCKWOOD struck some part of the old LA GRANGE.
      part of a letter from Capt. Charles Gale to the
      Marine Record
      September 5, 1895

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Reason: capsized/sunk
Lives: 3 ?
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 41.908055 Longitude: -82.508888
William R. McNeil
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La Grange (Schooner), capsized/sunk, 1 Dec 1835