Gary, IN Lake Michigan Shipwreck Kills 7, Dec 1857
The Chicago papers give a terrible history of shipwreck and loss of life. The Schooner Flying Cloud, which left that port for Buffalo on the 20th November with 10,300 bushels of wheat, was driven ashore, and all hands save two perished. The Tribune says:
"She was driven ashore at a place called Grand Calumet, a wild bleak coast covered with snow, and no friendly hands to render assistance. The whole of the crew were already nearly frozen and unable to swim. They consisted of nine persons, mostly belonging to Cleveland, viz: - Alexander Sherwood, Captain; George Gordon, 1st mate; Paul Stedd, 2nd do; John ___, steward (shipped at Chicago from barque Morgan); and John Small, Geo. Grimsby, Watt Bain, Francis Fox and Henry Coleman, crew. Only the last two are saved. The Captain, steward, Small and Grimsby were soon so badly frozen that they were unable to move. The captain wanted to jump overboard but was prevented by the others, as he would have drowned immediately, though he was only to die the more lingering death of freezing. Gordon, Bain and Fox jumped overboard twenty-four hours after the vessel struck, and after she had become a perfect wreck, and succeeded in getting ashore; but the two former froze to death and are now on the beach, dead. A shingle maker with a shanty near by, furnished Fox with shoes and clothes, and assisted him to Miller's Station, a mile or two distant, from whence he came to this city. He is badly frozen. The boy Coleman managed to get ashore alive, and remained at the shanty near the wreck, badly frozen.
Two more bodies of those frozen in the Flying Cloud have been brought to the city for burial. The body of the Captain is supposed to have been washed overboard, and could not be found. His cap and part of his hair were picked up on the vessel. [Chicago Tribune]
NOTE - This wreck took place off the Indiana coast at Gary, Indiana. The areas referred to in the article (Grand Calumet and Miller's Station) were small communities that eventually became the City of Gary which was founded in the very early 20th century.