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Lewis Cass (Schooner), aground, 5 Dec 1854

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CASS, LEWIS Schooner, ashore near Conneaut, cargo corn. Property loss $10,000
      Buffalo Democracy
      Feb. 28, 1855 (casualty list)

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A telegraphic dispatch from Cleveland, received last evening, states that the brig LEWIS CASS is ashore, east of Conneaut piers. The crew, seven in number, cannot be saved.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Friday, December 8, 1854

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      Conneaut, Dec. 7. 4 P. M. -- The brig LEWIS CASS came ashore here about noon today a few rods east of the piers, and now lies in the breakers. Crew of seven can be seen on board, but no hope of reaching them, and they must perish.
      Cleveland Morning leader
      Friday, December 8, 1854

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      MARINE DISASTER. - A telegraphic despatch by the House Line yesterday, from Cincinnati, Ohio, gives the following particulars of a most trying scene:-
      The schooner GEN. CASS, with a cargo of corn from Toledo, was discovered of this port Thursday forenoon, in a crippled and hopeless condition; and about noon, in an endeavor to make this harbor, went ashore about 40 rods below the light house, and about the same distance from the beach. The gale was at its height, and after the vessel struck on the bar, every swell of the waves swept across her bow, and the spray covered every portion of the deck. The ice was making fast, and the officers and crew were completely drenched, and their clothing coated with thick ice. Their condition was discovered from the shore, but with little hope of rescuing the sufferers from the wreck. The piers and shore were lined with people, watching the vessel, expecting every moment to see the crew washed off, and find a grave beneath the angry waters. The government life-boat was then launched from the end of the pier, and manned by a noble band, who periled their own lives to save those of their fellows on the wreck.
The first attempt to reach the wreck failed. The life-boat went ashore, and was dragged upon the beach, and again to the end of the pier--every man cold and wet, and their garments frozen and coated with ice. The boat was launched again, and succeeded. A rope was then thrown from the vessel and secured, and the boat was hauled alongside. The chilled and almost frantic men were taken off and safely landed about three o'clock--two of them unable to stand when they reached the shore. A more trying scene was never witnessed.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, December 9, 1854

NOTE:- The name GEN. CASS is likely LEWIS CASS

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: corn
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.94756 Longitude: -80.55424
William R. McNeil
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Lewis Cass (Schooner), aground, 5 Dec 1854