Unknown Locations, NY (Lake Erie) Schooners ALBION And ROMAN Lost, Oct 1858


There is scarcely room to doubt but that the schooners Albion and Roman, with their entire crews, were lost upon Lake Erie in the gate on the 7th. The Albion sailed from Cleveland on the morning of the 7th, with a cargo of wheat. Accounts from that port render it too probable that she went down during the gale of that day, carrying with her all on board. The Roman sailed from Detroit on the morning of the 5th, also bound for Oswego, with a cargo of wheat, and has not since been heard from.
In alluding to the loss of the Roman, the Chicago Democrat mentions the fact that she was a vessel to which attached some historical interest. She was built about the year 1842, by Sylvester Doolittle, Esq., at Oswego, N.Y., as a propeller, and called the Oswego, and was the pioneer of a line running from there to nearly all Western ports.
She was the first propeller ever built upon these lakes, and in fact one of the first ever built to run in open waters, upon Ericason's plan. This class of steam vessels, now so numerous, were then stigmatized as the "Oswego humbugs." In 1852 or '53, the Oswego was razed, and rebuilt into the schooner Roman by her original owner.
The Roman was owned by A. A. Adkins, of Detroit, and commanded by Capt. W. WHEELER;
IRA WELLS, first mate. MR. WELLS has a wife residing at Detroit. There were in all eight persons on board. Her cargo was consigned to Messrs. Ames & Sloan, and was fully insured. The vessel was insured for $2,500.
The Albion and her cargo were owned by Doolittle, Irwin & Wright, of Oswego, and both vessel and cargo were fully insured.

Milwaukee Daily Sentinel Wisconsin 1858-10-22