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Torrent (Bark), sunk, 6 Nov 1863

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Bark TORRENT, cargo R.R. iron, sunk 15 miles from Port Stanley, two miles off shore. Total loss.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wednesday, January 20, 1864

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We learn from a telegram received by the Board of Lake Underwriters:
The bark TORRENT, having on board 500 tons railroad iron, is sunk in 6 fathoms of water, 15 miles from Port Stanley, and about 2 miles from the shore.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 2, 1863 3-3

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BARK "TORRENT" SUNK. -- By a telegram received yesterday, we learn that the bark TORRENT, a fine vessel belonging to E.W. Bissell, Esq., of this city, is sunk 15 miles from Port Stanley. She has on a cargo of railroad iron. We have no further particulars; but understand the bark is insured for $10,000. --- Detroit Free Press.
      Toronto Globe
      Tuesday, November 3, 1863
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Rig: bark
Tonnage: 411
Where Owned; Detroit
Owner: G.W. Bissell
Where From: Buffalo
Where Bound: Detroit
Nature & Location of Casualty: sunk off Port Stanley, October, 1863
Loss to Ship: $40,000
Loss to Cargo: $200,000
Insurance on Ship: $12,000
Insurance on Cargo: $40,000
Lives Lost: none
      "Marine Casualties 0n The Great Lakes, 1863-73";

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LOSS OF THE SCHOONER "TORRENT" - We learn from a creditable source of the loss of the bark TORRENT, of Detroit, which took place on Friday last, some ten miles above Port Stanley, on Lake Erie, where she sunk in ten fathoms of water. Her crew, we are informed, were all saved. The TORRENT had on board a cargo of railroad iron, taken on at Buffalo, and destined for Bay du Noquet. Green Bay. She will doubtless prove a total loss with her cargo. The TORRENT came out new in 1856, was 411 tons burthen, and was owned in this city by G. W. Bissell, who, as it is stated, has her fully insured. --- Detroit Free Press
      Toronto GLOBE
      Thursday, November 5, 1863.
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      LOSS OF THE SCHOONER TORRENT. - The schooner TORRENT, bound from this port with a cargo of railroad iron for Bay de Noquet, Green Bay, sunk in ten fathoms of water about ten miles above Port Stanley, on Friday last.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, November 9, 1863

The TORRENT, sunk with 292 bars of railroad iron, being the cargo of 515 tons, is being salvaged by the Steamer RELIEF and schooner RUBY, the TORRENT lies in 42 feet of water, and we are assured that all 515 tons will be recovered.
      Toronto Globe
      May 24, 1864

Bark TORRENT. Of 411 tons, built Newport by Dickson in 1856. Owned by G.W. Bissel. Home port, Detroit. Value $12,000 Class A2. NOTES:- New outfit in '60; Strengthened in '61.
      Board of lake Underwriters
      Marine Register, 1863

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $12,000
Cargo: $40,000
Freight: R.R. iron
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.66679 Longitude: -81.21644
William R. McNeil
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Torrent (Bark), sunk, 6 Nov 1863