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Lemuel Crawford (Bark), aground, 10 May 1858


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Barque LEMUEL CRAWFORD, cargo wheat, ashore on East Sister. Total loss. Property loss $29,000.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 15, 1859 (1858 Casualty List)

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      We learn by telegraph from Detroit, that the barque LEMUEL CRAWFORD,
with a cargo of 20,000 bushels wheat, from Chicago to Buffalo, went ashore on East
Sister Island reef, Monday night, and is a total loss. The crew remaining on the
wreck until yesterday morning when they were rescued and brought to Detroit.
The vessel was owned by Crawford & Price, Cleveland, cargo and vessel fully
insured.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Friday, May 14, 1858

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      WRECK OF THE BARK CRAWFORD. - The bark L. CRAWFORD, from Buffalo, with a full cargo of wheat, went ashore on the East Sister Island, during the gale of Monday night. She went hard on the reef, filling with water soon after she struck, and the sea made a clean sweep over her deck. The crew lashed themselves to the rigging until morning, and at daylight were obliged to cut away the mizzen mast to keep her from going to pieces. A signal of distress was run up, and although a number of vessels passed within sight, none went to her relief. Among these, we understand, were the schooner ESSEX and the brig GREYHOUND, both bound up, and also one or two other vessels. We also hear it stated that the steamer BAY CITY ran for her, but finally turned off and passed out of sight. The conduct of the masters of these vessels in thus passing a crew in distress, without offering, or trying to render assistance, is strongly censured by sailor men, and unless some good reason can be given for such conduct, it is justly deserving of censure. We do not believe Captain Edwards of the BAY CITY, is the man to do such a thing, and think that if he did so, it was for some satisfactory reason. The crew were taken off yesterday morning by the tug R.R. ELLIOTT, which was dispatched to the CRAWFORD on Wednesday, and were brought to this city. They suffered intensely during their stay on the vessel from wet and cold and want of food, and when taken off some of them were about perished.
      The CRAWFORD will probably prove a total loss, with her cargo, about 20,000 bushels. She is a fine, large vessel, owned in Cleveland, and insured in the Cleveland, Commercial, Mutual and Northwestern; cargo in the Buffalo Mutual. - Detroit Adv.
      Buffalo Daily Republic & Times
      Saturday, May 15, 1858

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THE LEMUEL CRAWFORD - Capt. Drake of the LEMUEL CRAWFORD, arrived here on the OCEAN this morning. He says that at the time of striking the reef it was blowing a gale, and she was making considerable leeway, so that the captain mistook the position of his vessel. She went hard on East Sister Reef the sea sweeping over her cabin and staving in her bulwarks. From Monday night to Wednesday morning the crew remained on board, without provisions, and the waves sweeping clean over. They were finally rescued by the tug ELLIOT, which was cruising about the upper end of the lake.
The steamer BAY CITY passed without affording any assistance. The CRAWFORD had on 20,000 bushels of wheat for Buffalo, insured in the Buffalo Mutual. The vessel was valued at $7,000, and is insured in the Commercial Mutual for $13,000. She will probably be a total loss, as she has already spread open. She was less than 15 minutes
in sinking after she struck. Captains Standard and Drake go up today to take off her rigging and tackle. - Cleveland Herald
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, May 17, 1858

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      WRECKING. - The bark LEMUEL CRAWFORD, which was lost on the East Sister reef, is to be raised. The tug OSWEGO leaves here today for that purpose, taking with her two Worthington pumps. The CRAWFORD was wrecked some two month since, and at the time was thought to be totally lost. It is possible, however that she may be raised. - Detroit Free Press.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      June 21, 1858

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      ASHORE. - We learn, says the Detroit Advertiser, that the Brig ROSCIUS went ashore on East Sister reef, during the blow on Monday. She went hard on, near the wreck of the bark CRAWFORD. She was bound down, grain loaded. Her captain was in town Tuesday, in search of a tug.
      Buffalo Daily Republic & Times
      Thursday, July 8, 1858

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $7,000
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1858
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Local identifier:
McN.W.3546
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Lemuel Crawford (Bark), aground, 10 May 1858