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Liberator (Scow), capsized, aground, 11 Jul 1858

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Scow LIBERATOR, capsized on Lake St. Clair, and drifted on to the head of Fighting Island. Property loss $500.
      Buffalo Commecial Advertiser
      January 15, 1859 (1858 Casualty List)

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      DISASTER AND PROBABLE LOSS OF LIFE. - The steamer PEARL reports that the scow LIBERATOR capsized in Lake St. Clair last night, and floated down past Detroit during the night, and grounded at the head of Fighting Island, 9 miles below. When discovered she was full of water. Had no freight of consequence.
      The fate of the crew in involved in mystery, as nothing has been heard of them. It is feared they are lost, although it is quite possible thay may be safe.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Wednesday, July 14, 1858

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      THE SCOW LIBERATOR - THE CREW SAVED. - We learn from Capt. De Roches, owner and master of the scow LIBERATOR, which capsized in Lake St. Clair on Sunday evening, that the crew were picked up shortly after by a yawl sent out by a vessel in tow of the tug DISPATCH, the name of which we did not learn. - Detroit Tribune.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Thursday, July 15, 1858

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Reason: capsized, aground
Lives: nil
Freight: nil
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.216944 Longitude: -83.118611
William R. McNeil
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Liberator (Scow), capsized, aground, 11 Jul 1858