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B. S. Shepard (Bark), aground, 1 Oct 1863

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Bark B.S. SHEPPARD, cargo oats, stranded at point Au Pelee. Total loss.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wednesday, January 20, 1864

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      By telegraph to the Board of Lake Underwriters, we learn that the bark B.S. SHEPARD, from Chicago for Buffalo with 20,000 bushels of oats, is ashore at Point Au Pelee. The tug WINSLOW went to her assistance.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Wednesday, October 21, 1863

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      The bark SHEPARD is still hard aground, but has sustained no serious injury to her hull or cargo. The tug WINSLOW has taken to her more lighters to lighten her when it is hoped she will be able to get off.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, October 16, 1863

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      The bark B.S. SHEPARD has rolled over on her beam ends, and is now full of water. Her arches gave way, and it is feared she will be a total wreck. A very considerable portion of her cargo of oats was saved and taken to Detroit. The SHEPARD came out in 1854, and is owned by F.L. Sheldon, of this city.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Wednesday, October 28, 1863
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      THE BARK SHEPARD. - The bark SHEPARD, ashore at Point au Pelee, after having withstood the severity of the gale for the past two weeks, is now beginning to go to pieces. Her port quarter has broken away, and other parts of her hull are presenting evidence that in a few days not much will be left of her. - Detroit Free Press.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Wednesday, November 11, 1863

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THE LATE BARK SHEPARD. - The effects of the bark B. F. SHEPARD, we learn, have been sold by the underwriters to E.W. Hudson, of this city, for $2,000 or thereabouts. The wreck has gone to pieces, and scarcely a vestage of that once noble craft is now left visable. - Detroit Free Press.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, November 14, 1863

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Bark B.S. SHEPARD. Of 509 tons. Built Cleveland 1854 by Peck & Masters. Home port, Chicago. Owned by William Egan. Value $14,000 Class A 2 NOTES:- Large repairs in '61.
      Board of lake Underwriters
      Marine Register, 1863

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $14,000
Cargo: $11,000
Freight: oats
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 41.908055 Longitude: -82.508888
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B. S. Shepard (Bark), aground, 1 Oct 1863