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Northampton (Brig), aground, 2 Nov 1854

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NORTHAMPTON Brig, ashore at Thunder Bay Island. Property loss $13,000
      Buffalo Democracy
      Feb. 28, 1855 (casualty list)


      We are informed that the brig NORTHAMPTON, owned by Watson A. Fox of this city and bound from this port to Chicago with a cargo of railroad iron and assorted merchandize, was driven ashore last week on Thunder Bay Island, and fears are entertained that she will prove a total loss. Vessel and cargo fully insured.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Monday, November 13, 1854

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      Brig NORTHAMPTON 241.82 Tons Valued at $6,500
included in a list of vessels belonging to Buffalo and Totally lost during 1854,
      Buffalo Democracy
      Feb. 28, 1855

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Schooner NORTHAMPTON. Of 241.82 tons. Enrolled & Licensed in the District of Sandusky, 1848
      Tonnage of the Lakes
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      March, 30, 1849
      The keeper of the Light-house at Thunder Bay Island, writing to the Detroit Free press, says:--This morning. Nov. 2, between 4 and 5 o'clock, the Brig NORTHAMPTON, of Buffalo, with a cargo of rairload iron and apples, came on shore on the reef, at the southeast point of this Island. The brig had experienced very heavy weather, and carried away the slings of her fore-yard, lost her center board, and otherwise sustained injuries, so as to render her almost unmanageable. In trying to get her into smooth water to repair damage, she missed stays; hence the disaster. The wind was blowing a gale from the South-west. The Captain and crew were all saved by means of a life-boat. They had four on board, belonging to the U. S. Government. The sea ran very high, but the boat rode nobly through the breakers. The vessel will be a total loss. The iron may be saved.
      Cleveland Morning leader
      Monday, November 20, 1854
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Nov. 7.-The gale from the Southwest, still continues and the NORTHAMPTON is breaking up fast. The beach is strewn with apples this morning. She had 800 bbls. on board.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Saturday, November 18, 1854

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To the Editor of the Democracy.
      We the undersigned crew of the brig NORTHAMPTON, feel very thankful for being saved by means of one of the "Francis Metallic Government Life Boats," without the aid of which in our opinion we should have perished in the act of getting ashore from the Brig, which was wrecked on Thunder Bay Island, Nov. 2, 1854 -- We having had at the time four of the above mentioned Life Boats on board, for different harbors on Lake Michigan.
      This well constructed Lifeboat deserves the notice of all sea-going men, and the praise of those who have witnessed its surprising adaptation for the purpose intended. These boats are capable of landing in safety, through any surf that can make on the shores of our Western Lakes, in the most terrible gale of wind, or remain at sea when a common vessel would founder.
      E. Day, Master; E. Jeffreys, Seaman; M. Mahony, Seaman; Jenyx, Seaman.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      November 30, 1854

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: R\R iron & apples
Remarks: Total loss
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William R. McNeil
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Northampton (Brig), aground, 2 Nov 1854