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Game Cock (Schooner), aground, 24 Nov 1860

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Schooner GAME COCK, with a cargo of coal, went ashore in a snow-storm on Point Peninsula, Lake Ontario.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      March 11, 1861. (Casualty List, 1860)

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Disasters . - The gale on this lake Saturday and Sunday was terrific. The following is a list of the disasters as ascertained:
The schooner GAME COCK, Capt. Leonard, bound from this port for Detroit with coal, is ashore at Point Peninsula, at the foot of the lake, in two feet of water. The schooner MARQUETTE, Capt. King, bound from this port to Chicago with coal and waterlime, is ashore at Nicholson's Island, above Long Point on the Canada side. The tug PAGE is going to her assistance.
The schooner CASCADE, bound from Lake Michigan to this port with wheat, put by in the gale and reached Sacketts Harbor with loss of canvas. The schooner MINNEHAHA, Capt. Becker, bound from Toledo to Ogdensburg with wheat, dragged her anchor and went ashore at Cape Vincent. The schooner MARY SELINA, Capt. Philip, bound from Canada to this port with lumber, is ashore at Cape Vincent.
The schooner COMET, Capt. Woodhull, with barley, rye and oats from Youngstown for this port, is ashore one mile below Big Sodus. The schooner J.J. MORLEY, Capt. Brewer, is ashore near Hatter's Bay, above Kingston, and is bilged. The schooner J.P. KIRTLAND sustained some damage in the lower harbor by the action of the waves.
      Oswego Commercial Times
      Monday, November 16, 1860

From South Bay. - The tug PAGE arrived here Saturday afternoon from South Bay with the schooner A. HANDY in tow. It will be remembered that the HANDY was disabled in the late gale by losing canvas and boat. The schooner Arctic which went ashore at Presque Isle, was got off by the tug and was towed into port. The captain of the PAGE reports that the schooner MARQUETTE, ashore at Nicholson's island, is being discharged of her coal, she lies in about three feet of water.
The PAGE returned to the Canada shore this morning, to relieve the schooner WILD ROVER, ashore we believe at South Bay or vicinity. The tug MORGAN has gone to the relief of the schooner GAME COCK, ashore at Point Peninsula. She took one of the North Western's steam pumps with her.
      Oswego Commercial Times
      Tues., December 3, 1860

      The tug PERRY has gone to the assistance of the schooner CAPE HORN, ashore at Point Peninsula. The schooner COLERAINE, which went ashore on the rocks near Brockville, has been got off. We learn by letter to J.M. Croilius, that the schooner CATHARINE, Capt. George Wilson, which left this port on Friday for Hamilton, with about 60 tons of coal, is ashore, but
where, the letter does not state.
      The schooner GAME COCK, ashore at Point Peninsula, with coal from this port for Detroit, has been stripped and abandoned for the present. She is so strongly embedded in the rocks that the tug Perry could not get her off. A portion of her cargo was thrown overboard, and the remainder discharged into lighters and taken to Sackets Harbor.
      We stated a few days since that the small schooner GLEN CUYLER was found ashore up the lake with no one aboard, and that the crew had probably perished. Capt. Todd, master of the vessel, was in town yesterday, and states that he cleared the vessel at Kingston for Pultneyville, in ballast, with two men, and a woman and two boys, the latter two of whom were part of the crew of the J.J. MORLEY.
      The captain came over by another conveyance. He had received no intelligence of the whereabouts of the crew and passengers, and the probability is that they are lost.
      P.S. Since the above was written we learn from Capt. Wheeler, that he has been up to the CUYLER with his tug, the J.H. BLOORE, got the vessel off, and towed her into Sodus Bay, where she will be repaired. When the vessel went ashore the crew and passengers escaped, but singularly enough, they left no tidings behind them relative to their fate.
      Oswego Commercial Times
      Thurs., December 6, 1860

      Schooner GAME COCK, ashore on Point Peninsula, Lake Ontario, cargo coal, got off, with little damage to vessel or cargo.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Saturday, December 8, 1860

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $3,000
Cargo: $500
Freight: coal
Remarks: Got off
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 44.0195 Longitude: -76.21743
William R. McNeil
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Game Cock (Schooner), aground, 24 Nov 1860