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Marion (Schooner), struck pier, 9 Jun 1852

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Schooner MARION, wrecked on break water at Buffalo, cargo coal. Total loss with four lives. Property loss $3,000
      Buffalo Morning Express
      December 25, 1852

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      As the schooner MARION, Captain Keith, from Cleveland for this port with coal and provisions, was making the mouth of the Creek while the wind was blowing a pretty fresh breeze, on Wednesday evening about 11 o'clock, she met the steamer CASPIAN going out, and in veering from her course, to let the steamer pass, went below the mouth of the harbor so far, that the Master thought it impossible to beat against the current and come in. He therefore let go his anchors, and taking the boat with the mate and one man, came ashore in search of a tug to tow the MARION in, leaving four men, Robert McDonnell, Larry McLean, Malcom McLane, and David McFadden, on board. About two o'clock the violence of the wind increased to a severe gale which parted the schooner's cables. She drifted with great force upon the pier of the Erie Basin, and immediately sunk, down all the men. At daylight all that could be seen of the fatal craft was a few of her timbers sticking above water.
      The mate and man who came ashore with the Captain were returning to the vessel when she struck, and they saved their own lives with great difficulty. It is said that McDonnell resides near Toronto, where he leaves a wife and several children. The others were single men.
      The MARION belonged to Lucius H. Pratt of this city, and was insured.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Friday, June 11, 1852

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      The bodies of three of the unfortunate men who perished on the wreck of the schooner MARION, during the gale on Thursday night last, have since been washed ashore and identified as those of David McFayden, Robert McDonnell, and Laughlin McLain. There is still one body missing.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, June 17, 1852

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      Buffalo, June 10. -- About half past 11 o'clock last night, while the Schooner MARION was making her way into the port, she met the steamer CASPIAN, going out, and was obliged to anchor outside the pier. The wind which had been blowing pretty fresh increased to a gale, and about one this morning a squall struck the schooner driving her broad side on the pier, where she went to pieces. Four hands were lost, one of them named Robert Macdonald who resided near Toronto, left a widow and several children. The Captain with the Mate and one of the hands had gone ashore to procure the assistance of a steam tug to tow them in, but when they returned the vessel was a wreck.
      The vessel is a total loss and was owned by L.H. Pratt of' this city and was fully insured. Captain Appleby of the Sultanna (sic) reports a steamer ashore or at anchor, on the Canada side at Long Point, supposed to be the CHARTER. He thinks she is ashore as she is very close in.
      Owen Sound Cornet
      Friday, June 18, 1552

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Reason: struck pier
Lives: 4
Freight: coal
Remarks: Total loss
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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Marion (Schooner), struck pier, 9 Jun 1852