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W. S. Pierson (Bark), aground, 1 Sep 1861

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PEARSON, W.S. Bark, when entering Buffalo, got on the breakwater, pulled off.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Jan. 22, 1862. Casualty List 1861

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BARK W.S. PIERSON - The bark PIERSON, from Milwaukee to Buffalo, loaded with
18,000 bushels of wheat, in attempting to enter our harbor, Saturday night at 7 o'clock
during the blow from the westward, struck the shoal outside, brought up and went against
the stone breakwater. She pounded all night heavily. Yesterday morning the tugs RELIEF,
HOME, MARTIN, DORR, SWIFT and WELLS went to her, and worked most of the day
in trying to pull her off. They swung her round, head out, and worked her ahead some, but
getting to a shoaler place could move her no further. At this juncture the U. S. Steamer
MICHIGAN, commanded by John C. Carter Esq., lying in our port on recruitment duty for
the navy, fired up and went out at 4 o'clock, P. M.; anchored off opposite to the PIERSON;
ran her large 16 inch hawser to her, and succeeded in pulling her off safely, Capt. Carter,
his officers and crew deserve the thanks of the owners and underwriters of the vessel and
cargo, and adding another to the many valuable services rendered by the MICHIGAN
since her going into commission upon these lakes.
The PIERSON was got off without damage to her cargo, and not much damage to her
hull. She had a severe pounding on the bottom and against the stone breakwater and
proved herself to be a strong vessel.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 30, 1861

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $3,400
Cargo: $400
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Got off
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Geographic Coverage:
  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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W. S. Pierson (Bark), aground, 1 Sep 1861