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Gurriere (Schooner), capsized, 29 May 1832

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SCHOONER CAPSIZED AND LIVES LOST. -- About 8 o'clock on Tuesday evening last, the 29th. Ult., the schooner GURRIER, Capt. Pember, bound from Cleveland to Detroit, was capsized in a squall, near the mouth of Detroit River. The Captain, crew and two passengers succeeded in gaining the Canada shore about midnight leaving on board a man with his wife and three children, all of whom, it was supposed had immediately perished, as nothing could be heard from them after the disaster. Wednesday afternoon, the steam-boat NIAGARA, on her way to this place, passed the schooner and took off the man above alluded to, who stated that when the vessel upset, he and his family were together in the cabin, the entrance and windows were all closed, but one that was at the bottom as the schooner laid in the water. By holding on to the berths, they were enabled to keep their heads above water for some tome, excepting when the heavy surges struck the vessel, which completely filled the cabin at every pass; the squall however, soon subsided. The children having all sunk, one after another, the wretched man held his perishing wife in his arms for several hours and until life was finally extinct. After many unsuccessful attempts to get out at the window, at about 1 o'clock on Wednesday morning, he effected an escape through it, and succeeded in climbing upon the schooner.
      When the NIAGARA found him, he was taken on bard completely exhausted, and landed at Sandusky. We did not learn is name or residence. He was a farmer and was on his way to the interior of Michigan.
The GURRIER was principally owned by Messrs. Wm. Hollister & H. Root, of this city. It is thought that the schooner with the loadings in her hold will be saved. - Buffalo Bulletin.
      Buffalo Patriot
      June 5, 1832

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Reason: capsized
Lives: 5
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.081944 Longitude: -83.125555
William R. McNeil
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Gurriere (Schooner), capsized, 29 May 1832