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Fashion (Schooner), aground, 1 Apr 1857

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Schooner FASHION, cargo 350 barrels of flour, waterlogged and drifted ashore Lake Ontario.. Property loss $3,100
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 28, 1858 (casualty list)

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      Schooner FASHION Canadian schooner wrecked on lake Ontario, April 1857. Property loss $3,000
      Chicago Daily Press
      Casualty List for 1857

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      Schooner FASHION, of Bond Head, wrecked at Rochester.
      Detroit Free Press
      April 7, 1857

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SCHOONER CAPSIZED. -- We learn from the Rochester papers that on Wednesday morning about two o'clock the schooner FASHION, Capt. Gibson, from Newcastle, Canada, bound for Rochester, laden with flour, went ashore at Lusk's Point, about three miles west of that port, and is a total wreck. About one hundred barrels of flour have been washed ashore. The vessel became water-logged about twenty miles out, and now lies in some six feet of water. The wind was blowing a perfect gale from the north-west. The captain and crew succeeded, after a while, in clearing the yawl of the ice which was in it, and with one oar made out to reach the shore, in a nearly frozen state. In fact two of the men were badly frozen before leaving the schooner. They had to lie down in the bottom of the boat to keep it steady. Arriving on shore, their clothing was frozen to the boat, and they were nearly in a perishing condition. The Captain had his legs frozen, but not severely.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Friday, April 3, 1857

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Schooner FASHION of Newcastle, went ashore, after capsizing, at Lusk's Point, about 3 miles West of Rochester, cargo flour. A total wreck. Captain Gibson and crew safe.
      Toronto Globe
      April 6, 1857

Disaster on Lake Ontario - Loss of the Schooner Fashion. - The first disaster of the season on Lake Ontario, occurred on Thursday last, by the loss of the schooner Fashion off Genesee River.* The Rochester Union has the following particulars:
"The schooner Fashion, of Bond Head, left that place on Wednesday, bound for Genesee, with a cargo of 305 barrels of flour. The weather was very heavy, and during the latter part of the day and in the night there was a strong gale and tremendous sea running. The Fashion labored hard in the sea, and early in the night sprang leak.
"Captain Gibson, with a crew of five men, did all he could to keep the vessel afloat and steered for Genesee. The water gained rapidly and the schooner was soon water logged and unmanageable. About 2 o'clock Thursday morning, when the Fashion was about five miles off Genesee, she capsized. Captain Gibson and crew took the small boat and headed for shore, which they succeeded in reaching, though some of the men suffered intensely from the cold. Their escape was indeed a fortunate one.
"The Fashion was not a large vessel nor was she a new one. We do not hear that the vessel or cargo was insured. The wreck afterwards drifted ashore on Thursday, two miles or more west of Genesee River, and lies there a total wreck. The seas are breaking over her and will soon tear her in pieces. A hundred barrels or more of the flour had been washed ashore and hauled out.
      Oswego Palladium
      Monday, April 6, 1857

      THE SCHOONER FASHION. -- This vessel has about broken up. Mr. Darling, the consignee, has had a gang of men at work saving the cargo, since the day after the schooner went ashore, and about 250 barrels of flour have been got off, mostly in a partially damaged condition. It is not probable that more than 50 or 60 barrels will be entirely lost. The cargo was insured to the amount of $1,000 in a Canadian Company, which will more than cover the loss.
      We believe we have already stated that there was no insurance on the vessel. She was owned by the captain, and was not very valuable. -- Rochester American.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Wednesday, April 8, 1857

      Schooner FASHION lies on the rocks two miles West of the river's mouth at Rochester, a perfect wreck, stove in and no attempt to remove her.
      Toronto Globe
      April 13, 1857

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: flour
Remarks: Total loss
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.15478 Longitude: -77.61556
William R. McNeil
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Fashion (Schooner), aground, 1 Apr 1857