The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Susan (Schooner), capsized

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DEPARTED HENCE. - Few men who have navigated the Western Lakes commencing at an early period have encountered greater hardships than Capt. John W. Webster, who died recently at Painesville, Ohio, at the age of seventy-six. As early as 1820 he commanded the SUSAN, of Otter Creek, during which time her narrowly escaped with his life by the capsizing of that vessel and the drowning of some of the crew. He passed through other shipwrecks, and during the fall of 1837, while mate of the brig NEPTUNE, was cast upon the east shore of Lake Michigan during a severe snow storm, attended by extreme cold. Two or three of the
crew perished, while Capt. John Sims, the master, and officer Webster had their limbs badly frozen, the former suffering the amputation of one foot, and Webster both legs, near the knee-joints. After his recovery from so terrible a shock he again returned to the lakes, and later was in command of both steam and sail vessels. For several years past he lived in retirement at Painesville, where he died, incapacitated from further service by old age.
      Detroit Free Press
      September 10, 1874

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Reason: capsized
Remarks: Recovered
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28 Jul 1900
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.71948 Longitude: -82.49213
William R. McNeil
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Susan (Schooner), capsized