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Wave (Schooner), aground, 7 Oct 1858

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Schooner WAVE (C), wrecked at Inverhuron, Lake Huron. Total loss, with two lives. Property loss $900
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 15, 1859 (1858 Casualty List)

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      THE STORM. - Seldom have we witnessed a storm so violent and terrific as that which raged during the 7th, 8th, and 9th, inst.
      One continued, howling hurricane - at times the cold rain beat down in torrents, and showers of hail added fury to the tempest. A large American scow laden with lumber, was driven ashore a few miles below the town, and must become a total wreck. The schooner MARY WATSON is a total wreck upon the north pier. Her cargo consisted chiefly of salt, pig-iron, and coal; the pig-iron and a part of the coal will be saved - the salt, of course, will be lost.
      The MARY WATSON is the property of Messrs. Seymour, of Goderich, who had an insurance upon her for $300.
      While we are writing, a communication is received from our friend Mr. Gunn, of Inverhuron, giving the melancholy intelligence of the loss of the WAVE, Captain and one hand, at that place. - Huron Signal.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Friday, October 15, 1858

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      DISASTER - LOSS OF LIFE. - A correspondent of the Goderich Signal gives an account of the loss of the schooner WAVE, with the owner and master, Capt. Thos. Warwick, and one sailor. The vessel arrived at Inverhuron Bay, early on the 7th, with her mainsail in ribbons. Notwithstanding the severity of the gale she rode out beautifully till about 2 o'clock in the afternoon, when the wind veering, she swept to the South, coming within the influence of the breakers on the north end of the center shoal. About three o'clock she began to settle to the leeward, when a large wave swamped her; as soon as this passed, both men were seen clinging to the rigging. The second sea swept the young lad off - the captain was clinging to the rigging when she disappeared, which was in less than two minutes. The hull was dragged ashore during the night, with the spars carried away by the deck and some of the planks from the starboard side, otherwise the hull is not very materially injured, and a few bags of flour and wheat have come ashore.
      Capt. Warwick was a native of the Orkney Islands. He leaves no relatives in this country. The boy was the oldest son of Murdock McKever, of Goderich. - Detroit Tribune.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, October 18, 1858

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Reason: aground
Lives: 2
Freight: flour, wheat
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.291111 Longitude: -81.596944
William R. McNeil
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Wave (Schooner), aground, 7 Oct 1858