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Game Cock (Schooner), aground, 20 Nov 1857

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GAMECOCK Schooner, stranded near Goderich, jettisoned cargo wheat, got off, and towed to Detroit. Property loss $15,500.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Jan. 28, 1858 (1857 Casualty List)

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      GODERICH, C. W., Nov. 20. -- A very heavy South-westerly gale has been raging for the past 24 hours. A large vessel, supposed to be the GAME COCK, of Buffalo, is ashore six miles south of this place. The crew have been in the rigging all day. The vessel had a cargo of wheat from Chicago.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Saturday, November 21, 1857

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      Goderich (C. W.) Nov. 21. -- The severe gale of Wednesday has continued unabated throughout the day. The schooner Lieut. BARNEY, bound up with a cargo of iron, is ashore 16 miles south of this place. The crew were saved.
      The steam tug UNCLE BEN, of Detroit, is ashore at Kettle Point, a total wreck.
      The schooner JOSEPH WILSON, of Goderich, is ashore at Stony Island. Crew saved.
      The crew of the GAME COCK, represented ashore near here yesterday, are saved.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      November 23, 1857

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Captain Rowan, of the PLOUGHBOY, found the schooner D. B. SEXTON, of Cleveland, in a helpless condition, near Clark's Point, above Goderich, last Monday, and towed her into Goderich. Captain Rowan performed another still more praise worthy act, for which he deserves to be remembered. The news of the wreck of the GAME COCK, and the helpless condition of her crew, reached him on Friday, the 20th towards night. He immediately went to work to devise means to get off the crew. he carried his long boat nine miles on a sleigh to near the scene of the wreck, and got the men all off. One of them had his hands frozen. Of the cargo of 11,000 bushels of wheat, probably one third will be saved, and the vessel would no doubt be got off if assistance could reach her. She is on a gravelly bottom.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, December 1, 1857
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THE LEVIATHAN. -- The Lake Navigation Company's tug LEVIATHAN came down Saturday night, with the schooner ENTERPRISE in tow. The sight of her is good for sore eyes. She is iceberg proof, and would make a suitable "courier" for Nepture, if the old gent should happen to get in a tight place. Today her bows are to be encased in iron, and she will start tomorrow to get off the GAME COCK, after which she will turn her attention to the UNCLE BEN.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, December 3, 1857

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Reason: aground
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.75008 Longitude: -81.71648
William R. McNeil
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Game Cock (Schooner), aground, 20 Nov 1857