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Hurricane (Schooner), overboard, 1 Oct 1855

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HURRICANE Schooner, lost a man overboard on L. M.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      January 11, 1856 (Casualty List)
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SAD EVENT Lost overboard-- On Saturday last intelligence reached our townsman, Caleb Bicknell, that his adopted son, Charles Bicknell, has been lost overboard from a vessel on Lake Erie. Mr. and Mrs. Bicknell went to Buffalo immediately and learned from Capt. Close, of the schooner HURRICANE, all the particulars of the sad affair. On Friday night, when off Grand Traverse Bay, during a fierce gale, while all the crew were on deck the mainsail jibbed the boom striking Mr. B. with such violence as to throw him overboard. Notwithstanding the storm and the heavy sea running, Capt. Close lowered a boat and endeavored to rescue the young man. The night was dark and the weather so bad that it was impossible to find him, Capt. Close thinks that the blow must have killed him.
Mr. Bicknell was nineteen years old, two months and sixteen days old. He left this city only a month since to go into lake service. His sudden death has much afflicted his father¹s family.
      Rochester Daily Union
      October 29, 1855

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.68473 Longitude: -86.53036
William R. McNeil
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Hurricane (Schooner), overboard, 1 Oct 1855