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Southerner (Steamboat), aground, 28 Oct 1853

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SOUTHERNER Steamer, wrecked near Ashtabula, cargo hogs and flour. Property loss $18,000
      Buffalo Express
      January 2, 1854 (1853 casualty list)
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STEAMER SOUTHERNER ASHORE. - We learn by a dispatch by the O'Rielly Line that the steamer SOUTHERNER, bound down to this port from Toledo and Sandusky, went ashore about daylight this morning, a few rods west of Ashtabula pier. She is thought to be broken, and was making water fast. She had got as far down as Erie, but owing to the darkness and the storm, put back to Ashtabula. At last accounts her cargo of flour and hogs was being carried ashore.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Friday, October 28, 1853

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We gave an item, a day or two ago, in relation to the running aground of the steamer SOUTHERNER off Ashtabula. A gentleman in that city furnishes us the following particulars: She was driven towards shore by a stress of weather, struck a snag, bar, or crib, about misway, where she hung at the mercy of the elements for a short time, and was finally broken in two by the forxe of the waves, which dashed against her with resistless violence. Her load consisted of hogs and flour. The hogs, with the exception of 50 or 60, were got safely ashore -- the flour is all more or less damaged, and part a total loss. How much of the loss is covered by insurance we did not learn. The boat is a perfect wreck, being completely parted assunder in the middle. Full particulars tomorrow.
      Cleveland Daily Forest City Democrat
      Saturday, October 29, 1853

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Buffalo, Oct. 28 - The stmr. SOUTHERNER, bound down to this port, went ashore this morning about daylight, a few rods west of Ashtabula pier. She had on board a load of hogs and flour. It is supposed that she is broken in two, and was making water fast. She got down as far as Erie, but was compelled to put back to Ashtabula. Her cargo was being brought ashore.
      Detroit Free Press
      October 30, 1853

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The Cleveland Plaindealer says --"The SOUTHERNER lies at Ashtabula - a complete wreck. She was bound for Buffalo and was out in the severe gale of Thursday, which has resulted in so many disasters on the lake. She sprung a leak this side of Erie, and Capt. Hayes put about with the intention of making the harbor of Conneaut. He was unable to make out the lights either at Erie or Conneaut, and he consequently put back for Ashtabula. The Light there was visible. Having got opposite Ashtabula, she attempted to gain the harbor. As she neared the dock, the swell left her, she touched bottom, sided round with the sea, and struck on a crib or dock, about 60 feet from shore. She soon after broke in two. Her engines were broken up and her wood work smashed up. She had considerable water in her when she struck. The waves made a havoc with her. She went ashore at 6 o'clock Friday morning.
"The cargo consisted of 1,500 bbls flour and 1,200 hogs (loaded at Sandusky, except 600 bbls flour shipped here.) Most of the hogs were got off - a good many were however drowned. The flour is much damaged, and a large portion of it spoiled.
"The SOUTHERNER was owned by A. Curry, of this city and was insured for $16,000 - $9,000 in the Astor and $6,000 in the Atlas. Mr. Curry's loss is about $6,000."
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, November 1, 1853

The ill-fated SOUTHERNER was owned by A. Curry of this city, and was insured for $16,000 - $6,000 in the Atlas, and $9,000 in the Astor. The number of barrels of flour was 1500.
      Cleveland Daily Forest City Democrat
      Tuesday, November 1, 1853
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      SOUTHERNER, steamer of 550 tons built Monroe, Mich., in 1847. Stranded at Ashtabula October 18, 1853. No lives lost.
      Losses by U.S. Merchant Steam Vessels
      Lytle - Holdcamper List 1790 - 1868

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: hogs and flour
Remarks: Total loss
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    Latitude: 41.86505 Longitude: -80.78981
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Southerner (Steamboat), aground, 28 Oct 1853