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Ocean (Steamboat), aground, 1 Apr 1858

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OCEAN Steamer, ashore on Point Au Pelee, got off. Property loss $2,000
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Jan. 15, 1859 (1858 Casualty List)

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The list of marine disasters for the season has been commenced thus early. - The steamer OCEAN is ashore at Point Au Pelee.
      Buffalo Daily Republic & Times
      Friday, April 9, 1858

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      THE OCEAN. - The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, of yesterday, says that the passengers and crew of the steamer OCEAN (ashore at Point Au Pelee,) are all safe. Nothing further as to the condition of the steamer.
      Buffalo Daily Republic & Times
      Saturday, April 10, 1858

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      THE STEAMER OCEAN. - The cause of the OCEAN running on the reef was her mistaking the light on the sand reef for that of Point Pelee Island, six miles distant. She ran on under a full head of steam, and, as there was considerable sea running at the time, the ports were opened, and the water allowed to enter the hold, in order to steady her and prevent the sea from pounding her hull to pieces.
The cause of the accident was a mistake in regard to the Point Pelee reef light. This has been advertised as a white light surrounded by a red one. The clerk of the OCEAN states that no light was displayed except a white one, which, being the same as on Point Pelee Island light, was mistaken for that, and the steamer grounded in consequence. There was also some error with her compasses.
By a dispatch from Capt. Pierce we learn that the OCEAN has reached Detroit, and proves to be but slightly injured
      Buffalo Daily Republic & Times
      Monday, April 12, 1858

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      We learn by the Detroit Tribune, of Saturday, that vigorous and well-directed efforts made to save the steamer OCEAN have been crowned with complete success. The MAY QUEEN and BAY CITY reached her on Friday morning, when her freight was promptly transferred to them. The Palmer pump was first got ready, and about 6 feet pumped out, when the Worthington was set up. After relieving her of about 2 feet more of water, she floated clear with 5 feet of water in the hold, which was soon pumped out. She was brought up and went into dry-dock this morning, and is being overhauled. She can be got ready to leave for Cleveland on her regular trip next Tuesday or Thursday evening, at the farthest. None of her freight was damaged. The captain and owners feel deeply indebted to the gentlemen whose prompt aid assisted in accomplishing the above fortunate result.
      Buffalo Daily Republic & Times
      Tuesday, April 13, 1858

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Reason: aground
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 41.908055 Longitude: -82.508888
William R. McNeil
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Ocean (Steamboat), aground, 1 Apr 1858