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Rocket (Schooner), sunk by collision, 20 Nov 1860

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Schooner ROCKET, cargo wheat, sunk off Point Aux Barques, by collision with the Bark OCEAN WAVE. Total loss.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      March 11, 1861. (Casualty List, 1860)

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      On Tuesday evening (Nov.20 ), about 6:00, a collision took place between the bark OCEAN WAVE, bound up, and the schr. ROCKET, grain loaded, bound down, 20 miles this side of Pt. Au Barques and some 10 miles from the land, by which the latter vessel was sunk in about 60 fathoms of water. She had on board 19,200 bu. of wheat, which, with the vessel, we learn was insured. The crew of the ROCKET saved themselves by getting on board of the other vessel which brought them back to Port Huron, from whence they took passage on the prop. SUSQUEHANNA to this city. The bark had her jibboom, bowsprit and head gear carried away, besides sustaining some damage to her hull.
      Detroit Free Press
      Thursday, November 22, 1860

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      SCHOONER ROCKET. - This vessel, sunk in Lake Huron, sailed from Milwaukee for this port on the 14th. instant. Her cargo consisted of 19,500 bush. wheat, insured for $17,200, in the following companies: Home, of N.Y., $7,000; Phoenix of Milwaukee,
$5,200; Commercial, of Milwaukee, $5,000. The ROCKET was owned in Buffalo; was a new vessel, and one of the handsomest and best on the lakes. We understand she was insured for $12,000 in the Buffalo Mutual.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Saturday, November 24, 1860

Schooner ROCKET, sunk by collision with the bark OCEAN WAVE on Lake Huron. Bound from Chicago to Buffalo with 20,000 bushels of wheat. The ROCKET is a total loss, she went down in deep water. No lives lost.
      Toronto Globe
      November 25, 1860

Schooner ROCKET, OF 478 tons, (old measurement) Built Buffalo 1857 by Bidwell & Banta. -- Lost Lake Huron 1860.
      Herman Runge Notes

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $15,000
Cargo: $20,000
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Total loss
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William R. McNeil
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Rocket (Schooner), sunk by collision, 20 Nov 1860