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Cataract (Propeller), collision, 30 May 1856

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Propeller CATARACT and Brig OXFORD collided off Long Point, the latter sunk in deep water; cargo 300 tons iron ore. Five lives lost. Damage to former $100. Property loss, hull $6,100, cargo $4,000.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 31, 1857 (1856 casualty list)

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COLLISION --5 LIVES LOST---BRIG SUNK.- The propeller CATARACT, Capt. Hunt, of the American Transportation Company's line, bound from Toledo to this port with a cargo of flour and provisions came in collision on Friday morning, about 2 o'clock, off Long Point, with the brig OXFORD, Capt. Lee, bound from Ogdensburgh to Toledo with a cargo of 300 tons of iron ore.
      The propeller struck the brig on the starboard side, just abaft the foremast , cutting her to the water's edge and causing her to sink in about three minutes. The Captain, his wife, mate and two seamen went down with her. Three seamen only out of the whole number were saved.
      The following is a list of the lost and saved as far as we have been able to ascertain: Lost---Capt. John Lee and wife, Oswego; Mate Angus ----, Oswego; J. McDonald, seaman, Long Island; and one other man, name unknown. Saved--- Michael McGinnis, Kingston; James Hull, Kingston, and Henry Anderson, Prescott, Canada, all seamen.
      The propeller arrived in port about Friday night not having sustained any material damage. The Captain's wife was a daughter of Mr. Steele of French Creek. We are indebted to Capt. Bagnall for the above particulars.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      June 2, 1856

      . . . . .
the schooner CATARACT. -- Our readers will remember that this vessel was sunk last spring, just above Long Point, from a collision with a propeller, the crew escaped in a small boat and landed at this harbor. The schooner was new, and loaded with coal and iron. A day or two since the steamer HUDSON left this port, provided with a full complement of men, buoys, diving apparatus, and all the necessary tackle to raise the sunken vessel, which lies in about 60 feet of water. The enterprise is conducted by our townsman Mile Osborn, and if the weather remains favorable, the vessel will be raised and brought into port in a few days. -- Conneaut Reporter.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      July 31, 1857

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $100
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.555833 Longitude: -80.197222
William R. McNeil
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Cataract (Propeller), collision, 30 May 1856