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Western World (Steamboat), collision, 31 May 1855

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Steamer WESTERN WORLD, collided with Schooner CYGNET. Latter total loss with a cargo of wheat, 1 man drowned from CYGNET.
      Buffalo Morning Express (casualty list)
      January 11, 1856

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      We learn by the Democracy that the WESTERN WORLD on leaving Buffalo on Thursday evening last, when about a mile out, came in collision with a small schooner from Wreham, C. W., bound in with a cargo of 300 bushels of 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 instantly 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.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Tuesday, June 5, 1855

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Reason: collision
Lives: 1
Remarks: Uninjured
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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Western World (Steamboat), collision, 31 May 1855