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Pilgrim (Schooner), struck pier, 17 Jun 1855

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PILGRIM Schooner, broached too entering Erie Harbor and ran into the Government Pier and Lighthouse, destroying the latter and losing her head gear. Property loss $1,000.
      Buffalo Morning Express (casualty list)
      Jan. 11, 1856

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COLLISION.---We are informed by Capt Dobbin, who came down from Erie yesterday,
that the schooner PILGRIM, from this port for Erie for a load of coal for Chicago, ran
foul of the pier, damaging her cutwater and head gear. Her bowsprit struck the beacon
light on the pier and overturned it. She would repair at Erie
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Tuesday, June 19, 1855

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LIGHTHOUSE GONE.--We are indebted to captain Woodruff for the following copy of
a letter received by him this morning:
      Erie, Pa. June 18, 1855
      SIR.--It becomes my duty to inform you of the destruction of the Beacon
Light at this place. Yesterday a vessel---schooner PILGRIM---coming in
struck the pier and houses and capsized the house.
      The Light apparatus, together with the house, is a total loss. I have
caused a temporary light to be erected until you shall arrive.
      Very Respectfully. James Lytle
      Supt.of Lights
      Capt. J.C. Woodruff, Light House Inspector, Buffalo, New York
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Wednesday, June 20, 1855

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Reason: struck pier
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Pennsylvania, United States
    Latitude: 42.12922 Longitude: -80.08506
William R. McNeil
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Pilgrim (Schooner), struck pier, 17 Jun 1855