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General Harrison (Schooner), capsized then aground, 14 Oct 1854

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HARRISON Schooner, waterlogged and capsized off Erie, loaded with staves. Property loss $3,000
      Buffalo Democracy
      Feb. 28, 1855 (casualty list)

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SCHOONER CAPSIZED.- Capt. Halverson, of the schooner GENERAL HARRISON, gives us the following particulars of the loss of his vessel, on Saturday last. The GENERAL HARRISON left Erie on Saturday morning, with a cargo of 35,000 staves, bound to Tonawanda, and soon after leaving port, the schooner was found to be leaking badly, and the pumps were set to work to keep her free. The water however gained on them, and seeing no hope of saving the vessel, they got out her boat, intending to leave, but the schooner ROSCOE, bound from this port to Cleveland, seeing the HARRISON's signal of distress, came up and took off the crew. The vessel left to herself, capsized in the gale, and we since learn, went ashore near Barcelona.
      The HARRISON, when abandoned by her crew, was about fifteen miles below Erie, and some seven miles from shore. She was an old vessel, and was owned, we believe, by Mr. Olson, formerly of this city, but now residing in Wiscinsin; and neither vessel nor cargo were insured.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Tuesday, October 17, 1854

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      CREW LOST. - Capt. Halverson, of the schooner GENERAL HARRISON which was wrecked at the mouth of Twenty Mile Creek some days ago, and his crew, are supposed to have been drowned, as nothing has yet been heard of them since the disaster.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, October 28, 1854

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      NOTE:- The ROSCOE went ashore between Buffalo and Black Rock on Oct 17, some three days after she was supposed to have taken off the crew of the GENERAL HARRISON, the grounding was a very minor affair with no loss of life. ???

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Reason: capsized then aground
Lives: ?
Hull damage: $3,000
Cargo: included
Freight: staves
Remarks: Total loss
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.34034 Longitude: -79.59588
William R. McNeil
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General Harrison (Schooner), capsized then aground, 14 Oct 1854