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Great West (Bark), U10149, sunk, 29 Jun 1855

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GREAT WEST Barque, cargo oats, struck entering the St. Clair River and sunk. Got up, vessel damaged $1,000 Cargo damaged $24,000
      Buffalo Morning Express (casualty list)
      Jan. 11, 1856

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THE BARQUE GREAT WEST.- The barque GREAT WEST, from Chicago, laden with 46,000 bushels of oats, while coming down the rapids in the St. Clair River, on Friday night last, struck on a reef and tore off her keel. This caused the barque to leak badly. The steamer RUBY came opportunely and towed her into Sarnia Bay, where she was allowed to sink in shoal water. There will be a loss of about half of her cargo, which will be wet. ----- Detroit Dem. & Inq.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Friday, July 6, 1855

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BARQUE GREAT WEST.---We learn by a telegraph dispatch to the owners of this vessel in this city that she was yesterday raised and taken into dry dock at Detroit, and will be out again in a day or two.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Thursday, July 12, 1855

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BARQUE 'GREAT WEST' AFLOAT - The barque GREAT WEST, which sunk in the St. Clair River a short time since, has been raised, and was towed down yesterday. She goes immediately into dry dock for repairs. She had on board 48,500 bushels of oats, about 43,000 bushels of which were entirely destroyed. The balance was saved in a
good condition. ------ Detroit Free Press
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Saturday, July 14, 1855

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $1,000
Cargo: $24,000
Freight: oats
Remarks: Raised
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.978888 Longitude: -82.409722
William R. McNeil
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Great West (Bark), U10149, sunk, 29 Jun 1855