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Ireland (Schooner), aground, 16 Nov 1854

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IRELAND Schooner, ashore at head of Niagara River, deserted by crew. Property loss $8,000
      Buffalo Democracy
      Feb. 28, 1855 (casualty list)

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      SCHOONER IRELAND.- The schooner IRELAND, bound from Toledo to this port with a cargo of corn consigned to S.K. Worthington, went on to the reef near Wind Mill Point during Thursday night, as soon as the position of the vessel was known, her anchors were let go, and the Captain and crew fearing that the vessel would be lost and their lives in danger, took to their boat and reached port yesterday morning at 3 o'clock. The wind blew so violently all day yesterday that it was impossible for a tug to go to her assistance. Last evening, however, the gale abated and a tug was sent out. The Captain states that the night was foggy and he took the light on the pier to be several miles distant, and fearing that he might run on the sunken steamer ALABAMA, which he was not aware had been removed, kept too far out and went on to the reef. He fears that the vessel is badly injured by pounding.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Saturday, November 18, 1854

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      The schooner IRELAND, which went ashore on the reef opposite the lighthouse at this port, some four weeks since, with a cargo of corn, went to pieces in the storm of Tuesday night. Not a vestige of her was to be seen yesterday
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Thursday, December 7, 1854

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $8,000
Cargo: included
Freight: corn
Remarks: Total loss
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Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.868333 Longitude: -79.008333
William R. McNeil
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Ireland (Schooner), aground, 16 Nov 1854