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Gem (Bark), aground, 10 Nov 1860

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Schooner GEM, ashore at Oakville, lake Ontario.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      March 11, 1861. (Casualty List, 1860)

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DISASTERS ON LAKE ONTARIO.- By telegraph to Capt. E.P. Dorr, we learn that the following vessels are ashore at Oakville, Canada. It must have been a heavy gale from N.E., Friday and Saturday night, barometer standing at 29 degrees. We shall doubtless hear of many more disasters.
      Ashore at Oakville - Brig GEM, of Kingston, Canada; schooner GREAT WESTERN, of Hamilton, Canada; schooner ANTELOPE, of Hamilton; schooner WESTERN MILLER, of Bronte, Canada; schooner O.V. BRAINARD, Oswego. We have no further particulars. Assistance has been sent to them.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Monday, November 12, 1860
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      DISASTERS ON LAKE ONTARIO. - Yesterday at Oakville the schooner GREAT WESTERN was got off. The ANTRLOPE, BRAINARD and GEM are still aground, but not so much injured yet. The steam tug PAIGE from Oswego is here to assist.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, November 13, 1860

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      The schooner ANTELOPE, that went ashore at Oakville, C.W., last week, was got off by the tug E.P. DORR, that went from here to assist her.
      The schooners GEM and O.V. BRAINARD, that were also ashore at the same place, would probably be got off at once as contracts for so doing had been made.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Monday, November 19, 1860

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      GOT OFF. - The schooner BRAINARD, ashore at Oakville, C.W., on Lake Ontario has been got off and inside the bay all right. The GEM, ashore at the same place, is to be got this week if the weather permits.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, December 4, 1860

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GOT OFF. -- The brig GEM, which has been ashore all winter at Oakville has been got off and taken into the harbor. She will be taken the the Welland Canal dock for repairs.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 13, 1861

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $1,500
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.45011 Longitude: -79.68292
William R. McNeil
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Gem (Bark), aground, 10 Nov 1860