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Cumberland (Brig), aground, 4 Dec 1856

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Brig CUMBERLAND, cargo wheat, ashore at Bayfield, C.W.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 31, 1857 (casualty list)

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      A despatch received here, says the brig CUMBERLAND is ashore at Bayfield, C. W., Lake Huron.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Friday, December 5, 1856

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      Brig CUMBERLAND ashore at Bayfield, Lake Huron. She was taking on wheat and had
8,000 bushels on board when the storm came on, on the 7th. She lay at anchor a half mile above the north pier.
      Detroit Free Press
      December 10, 1856

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      Brig CUMBERLAND of Buffalo, ashore off Bayfield, a few rods north of the piers, laden with 8,000 bush. wheat. Will be a total loss. - Huron Signal, 10.
      Toronto Globe
      December 13, 1856

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      We have already mentioned the fact that the brig CUMBERLAND went ashore near
Bayfield, C.W., on Lake Huron. She had been taking on wheat and had in her hold 8,000 bushels, when a terrific gale came up on the night of the 7th. inst, accompanied with heavy snow squalls.
      She lay at anchor off the shore, about a half mile above the north pier. She rode well till morning, when it was seen that she was dragging her anchor, and another was let go - but she still dragged. The following letter to the Express gives the additional particulars:
      Finding nothing could keep them off the beach, the crew slipped the big chain. The
moment they did so, the second chain parted, and she went on the beach at 11 o'clock
afternoon, head first. Every exertions were made to rescue the crew from their perilous
situation, when a communication was had between the shore and the vessel, and the crew
were landed, though nearly frozen to death, after being on the wreck nearly 24 hours.
      The greatest praise must be awarded to Capt. Linder for his unwearied exertions in
getting the crew off the vessel, being on the beach all night and day until this was
accomplished. The vessel it is expected, will be a total loss, probably if the weather
moderates the materials may be saved.
      Detroit Free Press
      December 18, 1856

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $6,000
Cargo: $8,000
Freight: wheat
Remarks: ?
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.56679 Longitude: -81.69978
William R. McNeil
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Cumberland (Brig), aground, 4 Dec 1856