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Empire State (Schooner), burnt, 1 Aug 1862

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Schooner EMPIRE STATE, damaged by fire, on Lake Erie.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 26, 1863. (Casualty List, 1862)

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      VESSEL ON FIRE. - A serious disaster befel the schooner EMPIRE STATE, of Oswego, which arrived here yesterday from the canal. While coming up through Lake Erie, and about thirty miles this side of Long Point, she took fire in her cabin, caused by some varnish, while being heated in the cook's galley. The flames spread
rapidly from the cabin to the mainsail, which was quickly consumed, as was also the main gafftopsail, when its progress was, after great exertion on the part of the whole crew, stayed, doing no further serious damage. Doubtless, had the wind prevailed pretty strong from the northeast, the vessel would have suffered far more serious damage. New sails are in progress of making at Hoffner & McBride's sail loft, in this city, who have set their whole compliment of men to work on the job in order to give the vessel every possible dispatch. - Detroit Free Press.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Wednesday, August 6, 1862

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Reason: burnt
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $1,200
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.454166 Longitude: -81.121388
William R. McNeil
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Empire State (Schooner), burnt, 1 Aug 1862