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H. E. Mussey (Schooner), aground, 4 Nov 1856

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Schooner H.E. MUSSEY, cargo salt, ashore at Grand River, C.W. Got off (lost anchors under Point)
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 31, 1857 (1856 casualty list)

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      EFFECTS OF THE GALE. - A despatch from Dunville, yesterday, says the brig
HELFENSTEIN, schooners H.E. MUSSEY, NORTH STAR, and another, whose name is
unknown, are ashore outside of Grand River. The schooners HUNTRESS, MERRIMAC,
LOUISA, VELOCITY, AYRE, and brig OCEAN, are ashore in the river. The VELOSITY has lost her bowsprit, etc.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, November 6, 1856

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THE LATE GALE ON LAKE ERIE.---The Cleveland Herald of the 10th. says:- "The terrible force of the gale which wrecked so many vessels at Grand River, C.W., may be imagined when we know that the water rose there ten feet above the ordinary level, and vessels were thrown so far upon the beach, that one can now walk entirely around them dry shod. The Schooner MUSSEY, owned by C. Dickinson of this city, was so thrown up, and will have to be re-launched in a different course from that which she took when going on, as in addition to being entirely out of water, she is many rods from water over two or three feet deep. Yet with 500 barrels of salt in her, she was forced by the tremendous gale, without an injury, through these many rods, of what is now shoal water and dry sand. She was at anchor near Long Point, all snug and easy, when a vessel scudding before the gale came bearing down on her, forcing her to slip her cables to avoid being sunk, and to run for her own safety. She made for the mouth of Grand River, several miles away, and was in a fair way of getting in, when another vessel, driven by the same mad force, shot across her bows, and thus again cut her off; no chance for safety was left, and she went on the sand. (part of article)
      Albany (N.Y.) Courier & Journal
      December 6, 1856

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $3,500
Cargo: $200
Freight: salt
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.855277 Longitude: -79.577777
William R. McNeil
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H. E. Mussey (Schooner), aground, 4 Nov 1856