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Ocean (Brig), capsized, 22 Sep 1860


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Brig OCEAN, capsized in a gale off Port Burwell. Total loss with six of her crew.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      March 11, 1861. (Casualty List, 1860)

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The brig OCEAN, (Canadian,) capsized off Rondeau on Saturday last, with a cargo of lumber. She drifted ashore at Port Burwell, C. W. No lives lost.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, September 27, 1860

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BRIG LOST. - The brig OCEAN, of Tonawanda, was capsized off Port Burwell, C. W., last Saturday morning. As she was water logged the crew succeeded in cutting away the spars, when she righted up again, but soon went to pieces.
The crew immediately formed a raft, and after drifting at the mercy of the waves for thirty-six hours, were picked up and brought into Port Burwell. The OCEAN was owned by Wm. Emerson and Capt. James Johnson, of Tonawanda.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Friday, September 28, 1860

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During the latter portion of last week, and up to yesterday (Tuesday), Lake Erie was visited by severe storms, so much so that all the vessels which were out were compelled to run for shelter to the nearest port. Some were fortunate to reach places in safety, others were no so fortunate. Among the latter the brig OCEAN, of Chatham, unable to reach port, became water logged at about
fifteen miles from Port Stanley. The consequence was, that her deck blew up and floated, while the remainder of the vessel went to pieces. To that portion of the wreck the crew betook themselves, where they remained until Sunday, without any food. A determined effort was made by two of them to reach the shore, there being no vessels to be seen. To effect this they set themselves outside of two planks, and after passing through a very severe trial, a storm raging the whole time, they reached Port Burwell on Monday. Others of the crew, still clinging to the deck, were able to get to shore about the same time at some distance above Port Burwell. - London Free Press (Canada), Sept. 25.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Monday, October 1, 1860

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Reason: capsized
Lives: ?
Hull damage: $1,000
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1860
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McN.W.4107
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.65009 Longitude: -80.8164
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Ocean (Brig), capsized, 22 Sep 1860