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Mary Stewart (Propeller), sunk, 4 Apr 1862

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MARY STEWART, Propeller, cargo flour and pork, was damaged by the ice off Buffalo, and sunk in the harbor about two hours after her arrival. Pumped out and raised.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 26, 1863. Casualty List, 1862

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      A PROPELLER SUNK. - The propeller MARY STEWART, belonging to the W.T. Company,arrived here from Detroit on Friday evening and proceeded to the New York Central R. R. dock, where she sunk a short time after her arrival, her bow having been cut through by floating ice, while coming into the harbor. Her main deck was covered with two feet of water and the cargo which consisted of pork, was effectually saturated. The steam pump belonging to Capt. Dorr, was brought to bear upon her and she was raised yesterday morning about 5 o'clock. The propeller was not insured. The amount of insurance on the cargo we did not learn
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, April 7, 1862

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      A telegram was received by J.W. Strong, on Saturday evening, that late in the afternoon of that day the prop. MARY STEWART was cut through by ice, and sunk in Buffalo Creek. She left this port for Buffalo on Wednesday afternoon with a mixed cargo. No particulars were ascertained.
      Detroit Free Press
      April 6, 1862

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      By a dispatch to J.L. Hurd & Co., we learn that the sinking of the MARY STEWART was caused by sunken timber in Buffalo Creek, instead of the ice, as at first reported. She lies in about 12 ft. of water, and will probably be raised
immediately. The portion of her cargo on deck is uninjured, and it is thought the damage to the hull is but trifling.
      Detroit Free Press
      April 8, 1862

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $370
Cargo: $4,400
Freight: flour & pork
Remarks: Raised
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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Mary Stewart (Propeller), sunk, 4 Apr 1862