The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oak (Schooner), capsized, 20 Jul 1855

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OAK Schooner, cargo staves, water-logged and capsized off Avon Point, L. E.
Towed in. Property loss $500
      Buffalo Morning Express (casualty list)
      Jan. 11, 1856

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SCOW "OAK" LOST.--On the 20th. inst., at 5 P.M., the scow OAK, of Fairport, Captain Cooper, with a load of staves bound for Buffalo, when opposite Avon Point, about a mile and a half from shore, sprung a leak, filled, and capsized on her beam ends. The crew, consisting of four men, clung to her quarter deck.
The sea, rolling heavy from the north east, drifted her towards shore. When about a mile from shore, her foremast broke away, and she righted. They had cut the yawl loose to make her float freer. About 8 o'clock in the evening she struck in five feet water.
Some persons on the shore, seeing the exhausted condition of the men, swam to them with a line, and saved them all.
The scow was driven up on the rocky bottom, and is stove in. She was insured.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Tuesday, July 31, 1855

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NOTE:-- JULY 26, 1855 issue of the Buffalo Democray, carries an account of the scow N. G., which is almost identical to the above, but since the Casualty List does not mention the N. G. (compiled later), then the OAK is likely the correct name for the scow

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Reason: capsized
Lives: nil
Freight: staves
Remarks: Recovered
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William R. McNeil
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Oak (Schooner), capsized, 20 Jul 1855