The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Great West (Bark), dismasted, 11 Aug 1856

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Bark GREAT WEST, cargo R.R. iron, dismasted in a gale on lake Erie, put back to Buffalo, discharged and docked.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 31, 1857 (1856 casualty list)

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      DISMASTED. - The bark GREAT WEST arrived in the Bay yesterday dismasted. She came to anchor, and was afterwards towed into port with the loss of her main and mizzen masts. Her damage, we understand, is considerable.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, August 12, 1856

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      THE BARK GREAT WEST. - This vessel, which has lately been dismasted for the second time since she came out, is now safe in port, and will unload and have her spars cut down before she goes to sea again. Experience has demonstrated what has been all along asserted by many of our most able navigators, viz: that she is too heavily rigged for her burthen. During the late gale, which ordinary vessels rode out in safety, she lost her fore-top-mast, main mast, mizzen-top-mast, and split her canvas badly, besides sustaining other severe damage. She is a noble craft, and, with proper rig, we have no doubt will prove a paying investment.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, August 13, 1856

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Reason: dismasted
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $5,000
Cargo: $300
Freight: railroad iron
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.454166 Longitude: -81.121388
William R. McNeil
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Great West (Bark), dismasted, 11 Aug 1856