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Mary Stockton (Bark), U50515, aground, 25 Aug 1857

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Barque MARY STOCKTON, drifted on a reef off Buffalo, pulled off. Property loss $250.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 28, 1858 (1857 Casualty List)

      . . . . .

      The bark MARY STOCKTON, bound in from Chicago, with a cargo of corn, went
on Middle Reef near the mouth of the Niagara River, last night. She probably mistook
the light on the reef for the light on the pier, although the former is a revolving, and the
latter a fixed light. The night was fine, and there could have been no other reason. The
vessel is insured in the Northwestern and the cargo in the Buffalo Mutual. Capt. Dorr
with the tug RELIEF is getting her off.
      P.S. Since the above was written, the MARY STOCKTON has been brought in, no
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      August 26, 1857 2-6

      . . . . .

      We are informed that the cause of the MARY STOCKTON's getting on the Middle
Reef on Wednesday night last, was not as was surmized owing to mistaking the light,
but arose from the sudden lull of the wind, causing her to drift, and mearly touching the
reef with her keel. Capt. Clute was not on board at the time, the vessel being in charge
of the mate, F. Desimore, whose character as a good seaman stands uninpeached.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      August 29, 1857 2-6

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: corn
Remarks: Got off
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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Mary Stockton (Bark), U50515, aground, 25 Aug 1857