The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
C. J. Kershaw (Bark), 30 Oct 1857

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The Cleveland Herald of Wednesday says letters have just been received from England stating that the bark C.J. KERSHAW was met on the 7th of this month by a terrific gale from the westward. The ship was struck by a fearful sea, filling the deck and cabin with water, and compelling the bulwarks to be cut away and 40 crates of earthenware to be thrown overboard in order to relieve her. The deck was swept clean of spare spars, water casks, storehouse, &c. The jolly boat was badly stove and broken; main boom broken in 2 places; spanker boom sprung; main and main-top mast stay broken; fore-topmast staysail split in pieces. The KERSHAW put back to Falmouth, a seaport on the SW coast of England, where she repaired damage and sailed again on the 15th. Though meeting the full force of this terrible gale, her hull remained perfectly tight.
      Detroit Free Press
      October 30, 1857

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      toronto, December 15th. The schooner C. J. KERSHAW from Liverpool for Cleveland, O., which arrived at Montreal on the 5th inst., is not able to proceed on her voyage on account of ice, which is six inches in thickness. The vessel is in good condition. She is discharging her cargo, which is also in good condition.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, December 15, 1857

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C. J. Kershaw (Bark), 30 Oct 1857