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Rival (Schooner), aground, 27 Oct 1856


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Schooner RIVAL, cargo wheat, on Upper Reef, entrance to Niagara River. Total loss.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 31, 1857 (casualty list)

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      HEAVY GALE. - The wind blew a gale last night, accompanied with rain and
sleet. The harbor is crowded with vessels this morning, and more are constantly
arriving. There is considerable damage already reported, besides several minor
casualties, caused by collisions, &c, in the harbor. The following is all we have
been able to learn up to the hour of going to press.
The schooner RIVAL is on the Reef just below the new lighthouse, at the head
of Niagara River. She is lying head to windward with a signal of distress flying.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, October 28, 1856

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The schooner RIVAL, on the reef near the new lighthouse, (reported yesterday)
is full of water, and her cargo of wheat badly damaged. Efforts are being made to
light her off.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, October 29, 1856

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      The schooner RIVAL still remains on the reef at the head of the river. The
weather is too boisterous to attempt anything with her. The WYANDOTTE lies
easy alongside of the break-water, and will doubtless be got in as soon as the
weather moderates.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Saturday, November 1, 1856

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      The schooner RIVAL, on the Reef near the new lighthouse, was forced down
the river nearly half a mile yesterday, when she again stuck fast. Hopes are still
entertained of saving her.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, November 5, 1856

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      SCHOONER RIVAL. - Another attempt was made to raise this vessel (sunk on
the reef) yesterday by Capt. Hart, by means of water-tight boxes sunk in the hold.
Owing to same of the boxes leaking, the attempt was only partially successful, and
she again sank. The propeller RELIEF engaged in assisting the effort, got on the
reef, lost her rudder, and will have to go into dry dock.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, December 3, 1856

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      The schr. RIVAL, belong to the Lake Navigation Co., which went on a reef
last fall, near the mouth of the river, and to which so many attempts have been
made and failed, has been finally got up. Capt. Gager with his pump and by
means of canal boats as floats, brought her to the surface, took her to
Tonawanda, put a water jacket around her, and yesterday came into port with
her. How badly she is injured we have not learned.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      August 7, 1857 2-6

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Notes:
Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $18,000
Cargo: $1,000
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Got off
Date of Original:
1856
Subject(s):
Local identifier:
McN.W.2661
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.862222 Longitude: -78.936666
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Rival (Schooner), aground, 27 Oct 1856