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George M. Chapman (Schooner), aground, 1 Nov 1856

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CHAPMAN, GEORGE M. Schooner, cargo wheat, ashore at Oswego, Total loss
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 31, 1857 (casualty list)

the schooner G.M. CHAPMAN, is a total loss at Oswego.
      Toronto GLOBE
      November 8, 1856
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      The Gale - Lake Disasters - The wind commenced blowing last night at about sunset, and increased to a perfect hurricane without much abatement in violence up to this forenoon. The gale on this lake is, without a doubt, the severest of the season, and a large amount of property has been lost. Fears are entertained for the safety of vessels known to have been on the lake, but not yet heard from.
      The schooner O.M. Chapman, with a cargo of wheat from Chicago for S.J. Holley, of this city, was driven ashore just below the east pier, last night, and has gone to pieces. Vessel and cargo a total lost. The schooner West Wind of, of Buffalo, which cleared from this port yesterday afternoon for Toledo with 500 barrels of salt, was struck by the gale and driven
back. The vessel could not get in the harbor, and went ashore a few rods below the east pier. She is leaking, but will probably be got off when the weather moderates.
      The brig J.G. Deshler, with a cargo of wheat from Chicago for S.J. Holley of this city, lost all of her top masts last night, and early this morning went ashore at Nine Mile Creek. A line was made fast to a spar, which floated ashore and was tied to a tree by some farmers, and by the means of which the crew of eight men and one woman got ashore. The small boat belonging to the vessel was lost sometime during the night. The vessel lies easy, on a gravelly bottom, but she is strained, and her cargo or a part of it is wet. The Deshler was owned by Warner & Harmon, of Cleveland, and both vessel and cargo were insured, mostly if not all in the Buffalo Mutual. It is probable that the vessel will be a total loss.
The schooner Dundee, which cleared yesterday for Toronto, had her masts sprung in the gale and was driven back, and in entering the harbor ran on to the dock at the steam sawmill, staving in her bow and stern, and sinking the vessel almost immediately.
      The schooner Cuyahoga with wheat from Chicago, ran into the schooner Scotland, which was lying in the channel, carrying away the masts and part of the bulwarks of the latter, besides doing some other damage to the vessel. The Cuyahoga was somewhat damaged and is leaking.
      Oswego Daily Times
      Wednesday, November 5, 1856

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $9,000
Cargo: $17,000
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Total loss
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.45535 Longitude: -76.5105
William R. McNeil
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George M. Chapman (Schooner), aground, 1 Nov 1856