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Sampson (Brig), aground, 4 Nov 1856

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Brig SAMPSON (C), ashore at Port Ontario, cargo coal.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 31, 1857 (1856 casualty list)

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      The brig SAMPSON is reported ashore near Sandy Creek, below Port Ontario. She is owned by Reed & Stone, of this city, and cleared on Monday night for St. Catharines, with part of a cargo of coal. A Canadian schooner, loaded with lumber, is reported by a fisherman ashore two miles below Port Ontario. The schooner ADMIRAL, bound from Toronto to this port with wheat, lost some of her sails in the gale, and was driven down to Cape Vincent.
      The schooner CARRIER DOVE, with wheat from Hamilton to this port, put into Kingston leaking, and was towed over Tuesday night by the steamer AMERICA - A portion of her cargo is damaged. The schooner STAR OF THE NORTH, from Chicago, arrived yesterday afternoon with loss of fore sail and main gaff. The latter was carried away when the vessel was coming in between the piers.
      Oswego Daily Times
      Thursday, November 6, 1856

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      OSWEGO, Nov. 7. - It is estimated that the loss of property on Lake Ontario by the recent gale, will reach $150,000. Twenty or thirty vessels received more or less damage. Brig SAMPSON and schooner FORWARDER, are ashore below Fort Ontario, and a Lake Huron schooner at Wolf Island.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Friday, November 7, 1856

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Further Effects Of The Gale - The schooner C. HARRISON is ashore at Milwaukee.
The UNDINE is also ashore at Muskegon. The schooner YOUNG AMERICA is at
Beaver Harbor, leaking badly. The schooner PEORIA, had her rigging and stanchions
carried away by collision at Maitland. The brig SAMPSON is ashore at Fort Ontario,
with a cargo of coal. The schooner FORWARDER is ashore at the same place. The
schooner GEORGIANA, of Montreal, with lumber, is ashore at Port Colborne. The
schooner CAROLINE is ashore near Whitby. The schooner TEMPEST is sunk inside
the river at Oswego.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Saturday, November 8, 1856

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $1,000
Cargo: $100
Freight: coal
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.56674 Longitude: -76.18798
William R. McNeil
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Sampson (Brig), aground, 4 Nov 1856