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Albion (Schooner), sunk, 7 Oct 1858

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Schooner ALBION, cargo wheat, foundered in gale off Erie, she was found sunk in 75 feet water. Total loss with all hands, eight in number. Property loss $13,500.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 15, 1859 (1858 Casualty List)

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We learn by a private telegram from Mr. Bush, of Erie, that a fisherman, while tending to his nets yesterday, discovered a large fore-and-aft schooner sunk in about 75 feet water. Her masts are sticking out of the water. She lays about 10 miles from the shore, headed up the lake, and has all sails set. She is supposed to have foundered during the gale of Friday, and all hands lost with her. A water cask painted white was found near her. -- Express.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, October 12, 1858

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      The schooner ALBION, bound for Oswego, and owned by Dolittle, Irwin & Wright, of that city, is supposed to have been lost with all on board in the great gale of the 7th. She left Cleveland for the Welland Canal on that day, and is said to have gone down off Erie. The vessel was insured in the Northwestern Company of Oswego.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Tuesday, October 19, 1858

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SUPPOSED LOSS OF THE SCHOONER ALBION, WITH ALL ON BOARD. --The schooner ALBION, Capt. A. Robertson, left Cleveland for this port with a cargo of wheat on the 7th, just previous to the late terrific gale, but as nothing has been heard from her, it is feared she has gone down with all on board.
A schooner named the ALBION passed through the lock at Port Colborne, bound down, on the 13th, but it is supposed that it was the ALBION of Milford, as she was known to be bound down about the time she passed the canal.
It is stated that vessel captains at Cleveland are of the opinion that the fore-and -after seen off Erie, sunk in about 75 feet of water, by a fisherman, is the ALBION of this port. It should be recollected that the sunken vessel was headed up, when discovered by the fisherman, and that he found a water cask, painted white, floating near by.
      The ALBION was built at this port in 1848, and owned by Doolittle, Irwin & Wright. Vessel and cargo insured. --- Oswego Times.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, October 20, 1858

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      We are indebted to our friend John Hearn for particulars concerning the vessel sunk off this port. He visited her yesterday and brought off a few blocks, the main gaff, and a small piece of the mainsail. The following is a description of the vessel:
      Height of main topmast 34 feet; from cross-trees to mast-head 8-3/4 feet; size of mainmast at cap, 11 inches diameter; iron withe, old fashioned; size of topmast 9 inches; 3 fathoms water on main gaff, showing the vessel to be under two reef mainsail, (set) as there is 13 fathoms water alongside; distance between spars 55 feet; has a jib topsail; her mainmast is hemlock, fore topmast pine, and an old crack halfway up on port side; from the appearance of the topmast, spars and rigging, it is an old vessel. Supposed to carry 300 tons. A diver from Conneaut went out to the wreck today, and tomorrow we hope to be able to give the name of the vessel. The blocks, gaff and part of the mainsail can be seen at the warehouse of Hearn & Co. -- Erie Bulletin.
      Buffalo daily Republic
      Thursday, October 21, 1858

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 8
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Pennsylvania, United States
    Latitude: 42.12922 Longitude: -80.08506
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Albion (Schooner), sunk, 7 Oct 1858