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Oxford (Brig), sunk by collision, 30 May 1856

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OXFORD Brig, and Propeller CATARACT collided off Long Point, the former sunk in deep water, five lives lost, damage to latter $100.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 31, 1857 (1856 casualty list)

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      COLLISION---FIVE 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 fron 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 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, name unknown. Saved---Michael McGinnis, Kingston; James Hull, Kingston; 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 Coast Wrecking stmr. RESCUE, Capt. Cotton, arrived at this port Wednesday night from Port Huron with a quantity of freight just recovered from the prop. WABASH, lost over a year ago off Lexington....The RESCUE left here this morning to visit and recover if possible a number of wrecks sunk in Lake Erie, among them the schr. QUICKSTEP at Long Pt. Cut and W.S. KEITH there also; the prop. TONAWANDA, which was sunk off Buffalo last fall; the prop. ACME off Dunkirk; the schr. SARAH E. HUDSON (new) off Pt. Abino, and the brig OXFORD, with a cargo of railroad iron sunk near Mohawk Island by collision with the prop. SPAULDING. - Detroit Tribune
      Buffalo Morning Express
      July 24, 1871

      WRECKING. - The wrecking steamer RESCUE, which left Detroit on Thursday, will visit, and if possible, recover a number of wrecks sunk in Lake Erie, among which may be mentioned the schooners W. S. KEITH and QUICKSTEP, at Long Point Cut; also the propeller TONAWANDA, which was sunk off Buffalo last fall; the propeller ACME off Dunkirk, the schooner SARAH E. HUDSON, off Point Abino, and the brig OXFORD, with a cargo of railroad iron, sunk near Neward Island, by a collision with the propeller SPAULDING.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      July 22, 1871

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: 5
Hull damage: $6,000
Cargo: $4,000
Freight: iron ore
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.555833 Longitude: -80.197222
William R. McNeil
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Oxford (Brig), sunk by collision, 30 May 1856