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Jersey City (Propeller), leak, 1 Nov 1857

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JERSEY CITY Propeller, struck a rock at entrance to Dunkirk Harbor, and partly filled, stopped leak temporarily and proceeded to Buffalo for repairs. Property loss $8,100
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Jan. 28, 1858 (1857 Casualty list)

ACCIDENT TO THE JERSEY CITY. --The steamer JERSEY CITY, Capt. Monroe, on Saturday night, about 7 o'clock, when on her passage from Toledo to Dunkirk, and in the Middle Passage, a mile and a half to the eastward of Middle Island, struck on a sunken object and commenced leaking. Holes were cut in her deck, and men put to work with buckets. The hand pumps were manned, and a jacket of canvas rigged under the leak, which was on the starboard side, and rear the fore rigging. She was headed here, and came in between 1 and 2 o'clock Sunday morning, with about 2 feet water in her hold. All the pumps, steam and hand, were kept at work, and the water kept from gaining on her. A portion of her cargo was being transferred to the OSWEGO, yesterday. Her cargo was 100 bbls wheat 500 bbls stoves, and about 5,000 bbls flour. 520 bbls flour are wet.
Captain Monroe is at a loss to account for the accident. The night was clear, and the channel has been perfectly familiar to him for the past five years. He has run it steadily this season. -- Cleveland Review, 16th.
      Buffalo Daily republic
      Tuesday, November 17, 1857


The propeller JERSEY CITY, which was reported ashore at Dunkirk, has been got inside, and is safe. She sustained but small damage.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Monday, November 23, 1857

NOTE. -- What appears to be the same casualty, but at Middle Island Passage, Nov. 15, 1857. It is listed as a different casualty but both are probably the same.

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Reason: leak
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.4795 Longitude: -79.33393
William R. McNeil
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Jersey City (Propeller), leak, 1 Nov 1857