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Rochester (Bark), aground, 7 Nov 1852

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ROCHESTER Barque, wrecked with a cargo of coal near Erie. Crew of 7 lost. Property loss $8,000
      Buffalo Morning Express
      Dec. 25, 1852 (casualty list)

      Erie, Nov. 8
The Barque ROCHESTER, bound from Cleveland to Buffalo with 600 tons of coal for Nabie & Champlin, is now ashore about seven miles above this place, on her beam ends, and will no doubt be a perfect wreck. Her crew consisted of ten persons. The captain and one boy are saved. The mate at last accounts was lashed to the rigging. The rest of the crew are lost. The U. S. Steamer MICHIGAN is now there to her assistance.
      LATER Erie, Nov. 8 -- 10 A. M.
The U. S. Steamer MICHIGAN has returned. Could not find any portion of the wreck of the ROCHESTER. Vessel gone to pieces; all lost but the captain and a boy. Vessel owned by F. W. Myers, of Buffalo. Insured for $4,500 -- Astor Mutual $1,000 -- Aetna $1,000 -- Globe $1,000 -- Union $1,500
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Monday, November 8, 1852

      LAKE DISASTERS. -- The schooners ALBION and EBERTS were both beached in the gale of Thursday night at the entrance of Toronto Bay. The former was loaded with sugar, the latter with railroad iron. Several fatal disasters occurred on Lake Erie, among them the barque ROCHESTER, between Cleveland and Buffalo. A total wreck, and nine of the crew drowned. -- Niagara Mail
      Barrie Herald
      November 24, 1852

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Reason: aground
Lives: 7
Freight: coal
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Pennsylvania, United States
    Latitude: 42.12922 Longitude: -80.08506
William R. McNeil
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Rochester (Bark), aground, 7 Nov 1852