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J. C. Riggs (Schooner), aground, 28 Sep 1856


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Schooner J.C. RIGGS, wheat, ashore and filled at Cleveland.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 31, 1857 (casualty list)

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THE GALE. - During the whole of yesterday, up to a few minutes after 4 P.M., the wind blew strong from the southward, and at that time hauled in a moment to north west, and blew with tremendous force. At half past eight in the evening, the schooner J.J. RIGGS, Capt. Tracy, bound from Toledo with 8,000 bushels of wheat to Oswego, endeavored to come in, but having sprung a leak outside, drew too much water, and struck the bar, and losing her steerage way, went in between the passenger and freight depots of the C.C. & C.R.R. She lies careened, parallel with the shore, her starboard side lowest. She is full of water. How much she is injured is not known, but probably very badly. The greater portion of her deck is out of water. Arrangements are being made by the underwriters to contract for getting her off. She is owned by T. Canfield, Sacketts Harbor; her cargo by W.S. Johnson. The vessel is insured in the North-Western, and the cargo in the Buffalo Mutual and in the Toledo Mutual. - Cleveland Herald, 29.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, September 30, 1856

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      The schooner J.I. RIGGS went ashore between the railroad piers at Cleveland on Sunday (9/28) last. She was loaded with 6,000 bu. of wheat.
      Conneaut Reporter
      October 2, 1856 2-1

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Only about 3,000 bu wheat have been taken from the schooner J. C. RIGGS, leaving 7,000 yet in her. This morning a steam pump, brought up from Buffalo, was being rigged up to pump her out. -- Cleveland Herald, 3rd.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      October 4, 1856

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The work of getting the cargo out of the J.J. RIGGS is progressing. She had on about 8,500 bushels of wheat, of which about 4,000 bushels have been brought on shore and sold at from 25 to 31 cents per bushel. The Insurance companies have taken possession of the boat and cargo, the former having been insured for $3,000 and the latter for $12,000. She lies completely filled with water, from which the wheat is raised by means of a very long handled scoops made for this purpose. The wheat first taken out was very badly grown, but not so with that taken out during the last 2 or 3 days, though it has swelled very much. An engine and pump have been placed aboard of her for the purpose of lightering her that she may be put afloat and hauled into drydock for repairs. Her captain says that she sprang a leak outside, and unshipped her rudder so that she was drifted into the place where she now lies, by the force of the waves. She was owned by parties in Sackett Harbor, N.Y.
      Cleveland Leader
      October 4, 1856 3-2

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      A part of the cargo of the J.J. RIGGS has been taken out, and is now on the dock alongside. The wind is in the north-west, it has rained all the forenoon, and the sea washes over her windward bulwarks and prevents all operations upon her. She lies firmly in the sand, (with some rocks in it probably) but must suffer if the sea increases. - Cleveland Herald, 30.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, October 1, 1856

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      The schooner J.C. RIGGS was, by means of the steam pump, so cleared of water as to float, and was towed into the river last night. She lies near the warehouse of M.B. Scott, and the remainder of her cargo is being taken out. How much she is injured is not yet ascertained. - Cleveland Herald, 4.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Monday, October 6, 1856

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $3,800
Cargo: $10,550
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Got off
Date of Original:
1856
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Local identifier:
McN.W.2577
Language of Item:
English
  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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J. C. Riggs (Schooner), aground, 28 Sep 1856