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Commodore Chauncey (Schooner), aground, 1 Aug 1858

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CHAUNCEY, COMMODORE Schooner, cargo staves, wrecked near Point Abino, Lake Erie. Property loss $1,700.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Jan. 15, 1859 (1858 Casualty List)

Coroner Nott gives notice that he has in his possesion, at Hamburg, a yawl boat, painted black outside, and blue inside, with no name on it, and a quantity of barrel and pipe oak staves, about 15,000 with no marks upon them. Likewise 3 trunks, containing clothing and papers, supposed to have belonged to the schr. COMMODORE CHAUNCEY, of Dunkirk, Capt. Nathaniel R. Bigelow, and 1 rudder wheel, all of which came ashore on the 30th of August 1858, near the home of Bela Camp, in the said town of Hamburg, all of which property is safely secured upon the beach at the above named place.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      September 1, 1858 3-1

Capt. R.N. Bigelow reported the loss of his vessel the COMMODORE CHAUNCEY, on Monday morning (8/30) about 3:00. She was bound to this port, and was driven in between Pt. Abino and Gravelly Bay, where she capsized about midway between these 2 points. The crew all saved themselves by swimming ashore, a distance about 1/2 mile. The CHAUNCEY was loaded with staves for Messrs. Shaw & Kibbe of this city, and was owned by Capt. Bigelow. She was valued at $1,200. The yawl was found at Hamburg on Monday belonging to this vessel.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      September 3, 1858 2-7

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Reason: aground
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.836111 Longitude: -79.095277
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Commodore Chauncey (Schooner), aground, 1 Aug 1858