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Cataract (Schooner), sunk by collision, 19 May 1857


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Schooner CATARACT, cargo stoves, coal and iron, collided with the propeller KENTUCKY off Long Point Cut and sank in deep water. Total loss. Property loss S12,000
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 28, 1858 (casualty list-1857)

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      CLEVELAND, May 20. - A collision occurred last night off Conneaut between the schooner CATARACT and an unknown propeller. The schooner sank. She had a cargo of coal, iron, stoves and salt. Crew reached Conneaut in the yawl.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, May 20, 1857

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The schooner CATARACT, Capt. Sweetland, the loss of which from a collision with an unknown propeller, was announced in our telegraph columns yesterday, was bound to that port from this city. Her cargo consisted of coal, iron ,stoves, and salt. She was owned by L.H. Pratt, of this city, and insured to an unknown amount.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, May 21, 1857

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      SUNK. - Capt. Ralph, of the PLYMOUTH ROCK, which arrived this morning from Detroit, reports passing a sunken vessel off Long Point, 15 or 20 miles from the shore. Her canvas was about fifteen feet out of water - no gaff topsails. Head stays hung down the foremast. - Looked like a collision. Capt. Ralph stopped and examined the wreck, but found nothing.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Friday, May 22, 1857

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The particulars of the collision and sinking of the schooner CATARACT are substantially as follows: The disaster occurred on the night of the 19th, about 12:00, 20 miles above Long Pt. The vessel at the time was somewhat nearer the north than the south shore. The captain and crew, embracing 10 men escaped in small boat and landed at Conneaut. The CATARACT was bound up with 142 tons of coal; 6 tons of iron, shipped by G. R. Wilson & Co., of this city; 43 tons of stoves by Jewett & Root, and 500 bbls. salt.
She was owned by L.H. Pratt, and was worth $10,000; insured.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 22, 1857 2-5

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      Port Colborne, May 21 - The prop. KENTUCKY arrived yesterday. She had a collision night before last with a vessel near Long Point. She had her stem knocked off. Don't know condition of vessel. The schr. ALGERINE, just arrived, reports seeing a large fore-and-aft schooner sunk off the cut, cross trees out. - Express
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 22, 1857 2-5

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      SCHOONER CATARACT. - Capt. Raymond, of the RICHARD MOTT, informs us that he passed this vessel yesterday afternoon, about 15 to 18 miles S. S. W. of Long Point Cut. Her mastheads are almost fourteen feet out of water. She has been partially stripped. Her mainmast, with foresail, mainsail, booms and gaff, were gone. The weather was fine - lake smooth. Capt. Raymond thinks he could have taken the foretopmast and rigging easily.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Friday, May 29, 1857

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      VESSEL FOUNDERED. - The Captain of the DAN NEWHALL informs the Racine Journal, that on the morning of the 20th inst., when about twenty-five miles west of Long Point, he discovered the mast of a large topsail schooner, sticking out of the water. She was headed to the eastward, had all sails set, and had apparently been run into the night previous, and sunk. He could not discover her name. Probably all hands on board were lost.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Friday, June 5, 1857

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      An effort is being made to raise the schooner CATARACT, which collided some time since with the prop. KENTUCKY near Conneaut and sunk.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 4, 1857 2-6

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      The schr. CATARACT, sunk off Long Pt., Lake Erie, 30 years ago with a cargo valued at $22,000, will be looked for by a wrecking party from Chicago this summer, and if possible reclaimed.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      May 2, 1887 1-10

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: nil
Cargo: $22,000
Freight: stoves, coal, &c.
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1857
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Local identifier:
McN.W.3042
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.44894 Longitude: -82.70796
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Cataract (Schooner), sunk by collision, 19 May 1857