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Frank Stewart (Schooner), aground, 18 Nov 1863

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Schooner FRANK STEWART, cargo lumber, stranded outside the piers at Oswego. Vessel total loss.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wednesday, January 20, 1864
      (Casualty List for 1863)
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The Board of Lake Underwriters received a dispatch yesterday, from Oswego, saying that the schr. FRANK STEWART is ashore outside the pier, and a total wreck. The crew are all saved.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      November 19, 1863 3-5

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Shipwreck. - The Schooner, FRANK STEWART, from Hamilton, with a cargo of lumber on entering our harbor about 11 o'clock this morning, struck against the east pier and became unmanageable. The crew, with the exception of the cook a female escaped to the pier, and the vessel drifted towards the shoal near the fort, where she is now a perfect wreck.
      The cabin where the cook was, was soon stove in and was filled with water and floating lumber, but a few venturous individuals with a yawl boat rescued her from her perilous position; and conveyed her to the city hospital, where she will receive every attention.
Of the lumber we learn that 112,000 feet was consigned to O.M. Bond and 19,000 feet to D.L. Couch. We could not learn whether the vessel or cargo was insured.
Three of the crew of the yawl boat who rescued the woman were Michael Kerwin, Patrick Gillen, and Edward Delany of the schooner FORREST, and also H.W. Mitchell of the Monitor Saloon, and one or two others.
      Oswego Daily Palladium
      Wednesday, November 18, 1863

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      Oswego, Nov. 18.
The Canadian schooner FRANK STEWART with lumber from Hamilton to this port, in attempting to enter the harbor this morning was drawn on to the last pile in the gale and went ashore under Fort Ontario. She is broken in her amidships and is a total wreck. Crew saved.
      Buffalo Evening Courier & Republic
      Wednesday, November 19, 1863

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Schooner FRANK STEWART, in attempting to enter the harbour at Oswego, she struck the east pier and was driven ashore under Fort Ontario, 90 rods from the beach, a total wreck. Bound from Hamilton to Oswego. Capt. Anchor of Cobourg master.
      Toronto Globe
      November 21, 1863
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The Canadian schooner FRANK STEWART, with lumber from Hamilton to this port (Oswego) in attempting to make the harbor this A. M. was driven to the east pier in the gale, and went ashore under Fort Ontario, she is broken in two amidships and a total wreck; crew saved.
      Goderich Huron Signal
      November 26, 1863
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      The schooner FRANK STEWART, that recently went ashore at Oswego, was laden with 131,000 feet of lumber, a portion of which, scattered on the beach, is being picked up. The vessel was insured in some Canada company.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      November 30, 1863 3-4

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $3,000
Cargo: $2,500
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.45535 Longitude: -76.5105
William R. McNeil
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Frank Stewart (Schooner), aground, 18 Nov 1863