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Josephine Lawrence (Schooner), U12976, sunk, 9 Nov 1854

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LAWRENCE, JOSEPHINE Schooner, struck a rock in Detroit River, and sank, loaded with wheat. Property loss $10,000
      Buffalo Democracy
      Feb. 28, 1855 (casualty list)
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VESSEL LOST.---The Detroit papers state that the new fore-and-after, JOSEPHINE LAWRENCE, from Milwaukee, for Buffalo, with a cargo of 4,500 bushels of wheat, while beating down the river, on Thursday night, in a fog, struck a sharp rock, and soon sunk near the lime-kilns, about 15 miles below. The vessel and cargo are a total loss. Insured, we understand.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Tuesday, November 14, 1854

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The new schooner JOSEPHINE LAWRENCE which we reported yesterday as having been wrecked while beating down the Detroit River a day or two since, was insured for $8,000 vessel and cargo in the merchants Mutual Insurance Company of Milwaukee.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Wednesday, November 15, 1854

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The J. LAWRENCE was sunk in the river above Detroit last fall, having on board a cargo of wheat. She was got up and repaired at Port Huron.----Milwaukee Sent.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Monday, May 7, 1855

Schooner JOSEPHINE LAWRENCE. U. S. No. 12976. Of 88.13 tons gross. Home port, Port Washington, Wis.
Listed as lost or otherwise out of service.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1880-81

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: wheat
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.12588 Longitude: -83.13215
William R. McNeil
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Josephine Lawrence (Schooner), U12976, sunk, 9 Nov 1854