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J. W. Ross (Schooner), aground, 1 Oct 1856

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Schooner J.W. ROSS, ashore on South Pier, Buffalo. Total loss.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 31, 1857 (1856 casualty list)

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      ASHORE. - The small schooner J.W. ROSS went ashore during the night; on the peninsula just above the light-house. We believe she was light, and was bound in. Her bottom is stove off, and it is hardly possible that she can survive the prevailing heavy gale.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, October 1, 1856

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      The schooner J.W. ROSS, ashore above the light house, will prove a total loss with the exception of her rigging, anchors, chains, etc. Her bottom is entirely stove to pieces, and she will not repay any attempt to get her off.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Saturday, October 4, 1856

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DROWNED. -- On Tuesday afternoon, between one and two o'clock, says the Express, a boy named Cornelius O'Sullivan, about 15 years of age, went with three others to the lake to bathe; they crossed the creek and selected as the spot for their ablutions the stone breakwater above the lighthouse, and near where a vessel went ashore last fall, the wreck of which still remains. O'Sullivan, with his companions, attempted to swim from the pier to the vessel and return, and while on the way back it is supposed was taken with cramp [as he was a good swimmer] and was drowned before he could be rescued. After a long search, the body was recovered.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      July 30, 1857

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $2,000
Freight: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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J. W. Ross (Schooner), aground, 1 Oct 1856