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Cygnet (Schooner), sunk by collision, 31 May 1855


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Schooner CYGNET, cargo wheat, collided with Steamer WESTERN WORLD; former a total loss, and 1 man drowned. Property loss $2,000
      Buffalo Morning Express (casualty list)
      January 11, 1856

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      COLLISION - VESSEL SUNK AND CREW PROBABLY LOST. - Capt. Hollywood of the steamer PLOUGHBOY, which arrived yesterday morning, reports passing the spars of a shcooner standing out of the water about one mile northwards and westward of Smith's crib in the Niagara River. The tug UNDERWRITER was sent out, and returned in the afternoon, bringing in her spars, sails, rigging, &c. The schooner appeared to be about 50 tons burthen, and was loaded with wheat.
A fisherman out there states that she was run down on Thursday evening by the steamer NORTHERN INDIANA on her way out. She had a fancy fit-out, sails branded "E.C. Williams, Maker, Rochester." All hands either lost or picked up and carried to Toledo by the NORTHERN INDIANA. The name of the schooner was unknown.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Saturday, June 2, 1855

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THE COLLISION.-We stated, on Saturday morning, from information received from a fisherman that the steamer NORTHERN INDIANA had run down a small schooner on Thursday evening, just as she had left this port. We now learn that it was the WESTERN WORLD and not the NORTHERN INDIANA. It appears that on leaving Buffalo on
Thursday evening, the WESTERN WORLD, when about a mile out, came in collision with a small schooner from Wreham, C.W., bound in with a cargo of 300 bushels wheat, belonging to Edward Strickler, who was on board, and lost. The latter craft had no lights up, and as the night was thick and hazy no possible blame can be attached to the
WESTERN WORLD.
Capt. Cotton lowered his life boat, which went in pursuit of the crew, whose cries could be distinctly heard from the WESTERN WORLD. Mr.McKay, who had charge of the boat, soon found a man clinging to the topmast of the unfortunate vessel he was taken on board, nearly exhausted, and cared for in a proper manner. The steamer
NORTHERN INDIANA, Capt. Pheatt, which was in company, rounded to, and sent boats in pursuit. A meeting of the passengers was called immediately after the accident, and was organized by the choice of Capt. J.T. Pheatt as Chairman, and B. Franklin Baker as Secretary, and a series of resolutions were adopted, exonerating Capt. Cotton and all the officers of the WESTERN WORLD from any blame in the matter, and testifying to the promptness and alacrity with which everything was done that could have been to save the one who sunk before the life boat could reach him.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Monday, June 4, 1855

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The little schooner which was run into and sunk several days since by the WESTERN WORLD when leaving this harbor, proves to be the CYGNET, a Canadian vessel.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Saturday, June 16, 1855

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: 1
Hull damage: $2,000
Cargo: included
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1855
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Local identifier:
McN.W.820
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Cygnet (Schooner), sunk by collision, 31 May 1855