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Rio Grande (Brig), aground, 1 Nov 1861

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RIO GRANDE Brig, cargo corn, ashore in Pigeon Bay, Lake Erie. Got off.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Jan. 22, 1862. Casualty List, 1861

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      The brig reported ashore in yesterday's issue below the Clay banks proved to be the RIO GRANDE, bound from Chicago to Oswego with a cargo of grain. The tug MAGNET, with steam pumps, was dispatched to her relief yesterday morning, and ere this has reached the scene of operation, and will probably suceed in getting her off without much difficulty. She is insured by the Aetna Insurance Co.
      Detroit Free Press
      November 27, 1861 4-6

      The tug MAGNET, which has been engaged for a few days past in rescuing the brig RIO GRANDE from the beach at Pigeon Bay, returned yesterday morning with that vessel in tow, leaving her at Clark's drydock, where she is to be repaired. her cargo, which is corn, is damaged throughout, and some 500 bushels have been lost entire. The remainder is of little value, and unusable for any purpose. The only damage the vessel has sustained was caused by the grain swelling, lifting her decks some 18 inches. Aside from this we understand her injuries are not serious.
      Detroit free Press
      December 1, 1861 4-6

      The brig RIO GRANDE, which went ashore near Colchester Banks last fall, afterwards got off and brought up at Clark's drydock, has had a thorough overhauling, and is now about ready to leave again. She is equally good as ever, and none the worse for her recent mishap. She is owned by E.B. Allen & Son, Ogdensburgh, and commanded by Capt. Larkis.
      Detroit Free Press
      April 15, 1862 4-3

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      The tug MAGNET, which went to the relief of the brig RIO GRANDE, ashore at
Pigeon Bay, returned to this port yesterday morning for another steam pump, the one
previously taken being insufficient for the undertaking. The vessels cargo consisting
of corn, may be considered a total loss, and doubtless will be immediately taken out of
her to prevent her from becoming a total wreck. Her decks have already been raised
some 18 inches from the swelling of the grain, this with the strong northwest wind,
which prevailed during yesterday, will, without doubt, cause her to go to peices. Her
rigging and sails would be taken from her on the return of the tug yesterday. - Detroit
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      December 1, 1861

The schooner RIO GRANDE ashore in Pigeon Bay, has been got off by Vincent Bidwell, and is now at Detroit for repairs.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      December 3, 1861

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $2,500
Cargo: $5,000
Freight: corn
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.016388 Longitude: -82.681666
William R. McNeil
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Rio Grande (Brig), aground, 1 Nov 1861