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Henry Newcomb Quiner
Birth: Jul. 14, 1807
New Haven
New Haven County
Connecticut, USA
Death: Nov. 10, 1845

Father of Caroline Quiner Ingalls, grandfather of Laura Ingalls Wilder

I have record of the loss of the schooner OCEAN, November 10, 1845 (note date) off St. Joseph, Mich. All hands were lost, but only some names were given:
Master: Capt. McGregor [1st name not given], married with one child, lived in Milwaukee.
1st mate: Russell [1st name not given], lived in Milwaukee, married with one child
2nd mate: Quiner [1st name not given], lived in Milwaukee, married with 5 or 6 children
2 sailors, names not given
cabin boy (Irish), name not given, sole support of his mother in Milwaukee
The presence of a cabin boy was unusual on a Great Lakes ship, especially on so small a vessel.

The schooner was a small two-master registered out of Mackinac Island, Michigan and owned by G. D. Dousman, Milwaukee. She was found on the date above 6 miles north of St. Joseph, Michigan and two miles offshore by the steamer CHAMPION, apparently having been wrecked by capsizing and then righting again. Her lifeboat and gear were gone and the ship was a complete wreck, though she did not sink because of her lumber cargo.

I have a few small news clippings originating in Milwaukee, Detroit and Buffalo regarding the loss and will send you copies or transcriptions if you wish. Since the owner and at least some of the crew were from Milwaukee, Milwaukee newspapers may also have something.

The schooner was built in 1836 at Swan Creek, Michigan, and was 42.66 register tons, making her rather small for her era. She was a two-master 55 ft., 5 inches length of keel; 17 ft 4 inches beam and 5 ft, 7 inches depth of hold. There is no official record of what happened to her after the accident, as she drops off the ship registry. She was probably a total loss.

Detroit Advertiser
November 10, 1845

Capt. Ward of the CHAMPION, sends the following memorandum of disasters on Lake Michigan: The sloop JAMES K. POLK, with 7 persons on board, left St. Joseph on Sunday morning last, for Chicago, with a load of lumber. She has not been heard from since, and is supposed to be lost with all on board.
The schooner OCEAN, of Mackinac, was visited this morning by the steamer CHAMPION, about 6 miles north of St. Joseph, and 2 miles from shore. She is a complete wreck having lost her boat and davits, carried away her mainmast, her sails torn into rags, hatches off, and lumber in the hold. There were no persons on board, and it is supposed that the crew were all lost. She had the appearance of having been capsized and righted again.


Daily National Pilot, Buffalo
November 22, 1845

In the loss of the Schooner OCEAN, four of our citizens have passed from time to eternity. Just before the OCEAN sailed from this port, Capt. McGregor came to our office, subscribed for our paper, and with boyancy of health and spirits good humeredly contrasted the varied and exciting life of a sailor with the monotony of a printer's existence, and his hearty laugh and jovial voice still ring in our ears. He has left a wife and 1 child. The Mate, Mr. Russel, has also left a wife and child.
The second mate, Quiner, has left a wife and 5 or 6 children to mourn his loss. The cabin boy, an Irish lad, has left a mouther who was partially dependent upon him for support.
We hope the tears of widows and orphans will incite goverment to some action in favor of our Lake harbors. - Milwaukee Gazette.


Daily National Pilot, Buffalo
July 7, 1845

What may be the above vessel is taken from a "List Of Vessels Engaged Directly In The Trade Of Milwaukee," in all 26 sail vessels:
" Schooner OCEAN, 60 tons, owned by G.D. Dousman."


Buffalo Republic
Wednesday, February 9, 1848

The Chicago Journal gives the following statement, showing the number of vessels lost on Lake Michigan; their value, and the value of their cargoes when known; and the number of lives lost, from 1824 to 1847.
Schooner LAWRENCE, 1824. $3,000
Schooner RED JACKET, 1826. 2,000
(here follows an interval of 7 years during which vessels must have been lost; but the record is not found.)
Schooner ERIE PACKET, Dec. 1833 1,500
Schooner PRINCE EUGENE, Oct. 1834 27,000
Steamboat NEWBURYPORT, Oct. 1834 15,000
Steamboat PIONEER, Aug. 1834 10,000
Schooner name forgotten, 1835 2,000 Green Bay.
Schooner UTICA, 1835 7,000
Schooner CHANCE, Nov. 1835 7 lives 2,000
Schooner BRIDGET, Nov. 1835 16 lives 5,000
Schooner SLOAN, Nov. 1835 6 lives 3,000
Steamboat DELAWARE, Apr. 1835 20,000
Sloop CLARISSA, Nov. 1836 1,500
Schooner CHICAGO, Oct. 1836 8,000
Schooner AUSTERLITZ, Oct. 1836 12,000 vessel and goods
Schooner OHIO, Oct. 1837 6,000
Schooner LaPORTE, Oct. 1838 3,000
Schooner THOS. RICHMOND, Oct. 1838 6,000
Schooner LaFAYETTE, Oct. 1838 3,000
Schooner WHITE PIGEON, Nov. 1839 3,000
Brig JOHN KENZIE, Nov. 1839 3,000
Steamboat DETROIT, Aug. 1839 20,000
Schooner VIRGINIA, Nov. 1839 7,000 wheat
Steamboat TAYLOR, Oct. 1840 8,000
Steamboat CHAMPLAIN, May 1840 10,000
Schooner NEPTUNE, Nov. 1840 24 lives 15,000 goods
Schooner CINCINNATI Oct. 1840 1,500
Schooner JEFFERSON Apr. 1840 1,800
Schooner HURON Oct. 1840 2,000
Schooner POST BOY Oct. 1841 13 lives 1,000 goods
Sloop SPITFIRE Oct. 1841 500
Schooner ONEIDA Nov. 1841 20,000 wheat
Schooner BANCROFT Nov. 1842 4,000
Ship MILWAUKEE Nov. 1842 9 lives 10,000
Ship FLORIDA, Nov. 1842 4,000
Brig COLUMBUS, Nov. 1842 12,000 wheat
Brig HUMMINGBIRD. May 1843 6 lives 1,000
Schooner HARRIET, May 1843 8 lives 2,500
Schooner MINERVA SMITH, May 1844 1,000
Schooner WAVE, March 1844 5 lives 1,000
Schooner VICTORY, March 1844 7 lives 2,000
Schooner WHITNEY, Aug. 1844 6 lives 2,000
Ship SUPERIOR, Sept. 1845 5,000
Schooner JACOB BARKER, Nov. 1845 2,000
Brig OLIVER, Nov. 1845 2,000
Schooner OCEAN, Apr. 1845 6 lives 1,000
Schooner SAVANNAH, Apr. 1845 5,000
Schooner JEFFERSON, Apr. 1845 4,500
Brig INDIANA, Oct. 1845 4,000
Schooner SWIFT, Oct. 1845 600
Brig ROSA, Oct. 1845 8,000
Schooner MARGARET HELM Nov. 1845 1,500
Steamboat BOSTON, Nov. 1846 70,000
Sloop JAMES K. POLK Nov. 1846 1,000
Schooner ----?---- Nov. 1846 4,000
Sloop RODOLPH, Nov. 1846 4 lives 400
Schooner St. JOSEPH, Apr. 1847 1,000
Schooner SOLOMON JUNEAU Apr. 1847 4,000
Schooner MARY ELIZABETH Apr. 1847 2,000
Schooner WISCONSIN, Apr. 1847 1,500
Schooner OUTWARD BOUND Oct. 1847 2,000
Schooner ILLINOIS, Nov. 1847 5,000 Green Bay
Propeller PHOENIX Nov. 1847 164 lives 80,000
Schooner CHAMPION Nov. 1847 15,000
Schooner E.G. WOOLCOTT, Nov. 1847 10,000
Schooner H. MERRILL, Nov. 1847 10,000
Total Value $512,000
Total number of lives lost 288
Family links: 
  William Quiner (1773 - 1831)
  Margaret S. Dorr Quiner (1774 - ____)
  Charlotte Wallis Tucker Holbrook (1809 - 1884)
  Martha Morse Quiner (1832 - 1836)*
  Joseph Carpenter Quiner (1834 - 1862)*
  Henry Odin Quiner (1835 - 1886)*
  Martha Jane Quiner Carpenter (1837 - 1927)*
  Caroline Lake Quiner Ingalls (1839 - 1924)*
  Eliza Ann Quiner Ingalls (1842 - 1931)*
  Thomas Lewis Quiner (1844 - 1903)*
  John Ogden Quiner (1804 - 1826)*
  Henry Newcomb Quiner (1807 - 1845)
  Edwin Bentley Quiner (1816 - 1868)*
*Calculated relationship
Body lost at sea
Specifically: body lost in Lake Michigan, never recovered
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Record added: Nov 24, 2010
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