FIRST REPORTED MARINE DISASTER. -- From the St. Joseph Traveller, of March 25, we extract the following:
"The schooner WHIP, in attempting to make the harbor on Wednesday last in a heavy sea and strong wind, was driven on the beach just north of the north pier. The Captain, Blend, of Milwaukee, and his mate were washed overboard. The mate was rescued as he floated near the shore on a plank. The captain was drowned and his body has not yet been recovered. The remainder of the crew clung to the rigging and were rescued. The cook, a young woman, was found in the cabin. She was rescued in an almost exhausted condition, and brought to the Perkins House, where she was kindly cared for, and presented with a purse of nearly $100 by our citizens.
The schooner is almost a total wreck. She had left this port on Tuesday for Chicago, but encountering the storm, attempted to return, and almost effected a safe entrance, when an untoward wave carried her round the pier to destruction. She was loaded with lumber consigned to Messrs. Hopkins & Co, It will mostly be saved.
Captain Blend leaves a wife and six children in Milwaukee, who are certainly objects of deep commisseration. The captain had just purchased the vessel and had invested all his money and involved his homestead in her.
The mate, spoken of above, is Henry Place, who resides in Cleveland, and arrived here a day or two ago. He was in the water about two hours.
An impression seems to have gained credence that the body of Captain Blend had been recovered and sent to Milwaukee. This we are informed by a brother of the captain, is not so. Mr. Blend returned from St. Joseph yesterday, where he has been for a week past, and says there is no prospect of finding the body at present, as the ice lines the shores of the harbor for a long distance. The schooner from which the captain was lost went to pieces just outside the harbor. -- Milwaukee News.
Buffalo Daily Courier
April 5, 1865
Schooner WHIP. Of 76.77 tons. Built Ohio City, Ohio, 1849. Owned by Luther Moses. 74.8 x 17.7 x 6.6 Two masts, Square stern.
Port of Cleveland Enrollment. No. 29, 0f 1849