Site Description #

  • Schooner
  • ?
  • 96ft Length
  • Lake Erie

Chronological History #

  • 1827 Launched Buffalo, NY.
  • 1827 – 1836 – Yearly enrolments
  • 1828 Oct Went ashore Otter Creek, Canada; got off.
  • 1829 Nov Aground Portland, NY; got off; little damage.
  • 1833 Oct Arrived Cleveland, OH with sails split in storm; cargo flour.
  • 1836 Jul 6 Sank in lake Erie storm; owned Smith, Macy & Russel, Buffalo.
  • 1844 Located and salvaged?

Historical Articles #

Buffalo Emporium 
      June 4, 1827 

Black Rock, May 15 – The elegant schr. YOUNG LION of Black Rock, was launched on Tuesday last by the builder Mr. Armington, in fine style: she rates about 50 tons, and is calculated for the Canada Lumber trade; owners, Norton & Bliss and Capt. Burnett. She passed out of this harbor this morning. 
      We find this paragraph copied in the Troy Budget; and we add to it our testimony that one schooner has passed out of Black Rock Harbor this season! 

St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), March 1, 1844 #

Wrecks Discovered – Capt. D. Chapin, of New York, gives notice in the Erie Gazette that he has discovered the wreck of the Young Lion, laden with railroad iron bound for the State of Michigan, and also the exact location of the steamer Erie. He states that the discoveries were made with the aid of the compass of his own invention. The Lion he says lies off the mouth of Walnut Creek, and the Erie six miles from Silver Creek light-house, and about 4 1/2 miles from Cattaraugus pier. He has placed buoys upon the wrecks and forbids interference as he intends to raise them as soon as the weather and season permits. – Cleve. Her.

Cleveland Weekly Advertiser 
      Thursday, July 21, 1836  #

      Erie, Pa. July 13, 1836 
      The Schooner YOUNG LYON, Capt. Moran, bound for Maumee with a cargo of railroad iron, sprung a leak on Wednesday last about one o’clock, when about ten miles above this port, and six miles from shore, and so great was the leak, that with all the diligence which could be used to counteract it, the vessel sunk in about half an hour after it was first discovered, and before the hands were enabled to lower the small boat. Eight persons were on board, of whom three, including the Mate, have not since been heard from, and are unquestionably drowned. The other five remained swimming in the water a few minutes when the vessel righted up so as to leave a portion of her masts out of the water to which they attached themselves, and remained until morning when they were taken off by the crew of the Schooner NEW YORK, which had heard the cries of distress during the night, but not being able to ascertain the point, cast anchor and remained there until daylight. The cause and character of the leak could not be ascertained, but it was supposed that the butt of a plank had sprung off. – Observer.  

Democratic Free Press (Detroit) 
      July 27, 1836, 1-3  #

The Buffalo papers state that on the 6th. inst., about midnight, the schr. YOUNG LION, Capt. Moran, bound to Toledo with railroad iron and lumber, when about 12 miles from Erie during a hard blow, sprung a leak and sunk in a few moments. Eight persons belonging to the vessel were on board, three of whom, the mate, cook, and one of the hands were lost. The remaining five, including the Captain, saved themselves by clinging to the topmast, about 8 feet of which was above the water, where they remained about 8 hours when they were fortunately seen and relieved by the schr. NEW YORK. The schr. YOUNG LION is owned by Smith, May, and Russell. 

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