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Ocean Eagle (Brig), struck pier, 23 Oct 1862

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Brig OCEAN EAGLE, cargo rye, when going into Sheboygan struck struck the the Pier and became a total wreck.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 26, 1863 (Casualty List, 1862)

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      WRECK OF THE OCEAN EAGLE - We find in the Evergreen City Times the following account of the wreck of the OCEAN EAGLE mentioned in our columns a few days since:
The schr. OCEAN EAGLE, Capt. Gallighan, from Chicago, bound for Buffalo with 15,000 bushels of rye, attempted to enter the harbor about 6:30 o'clock on Thursday evening, and supposing the light on Kirkland's Pier to be north of the entrance, headed in south of the former, and was forced by the heavy south-west wind and sea then prevailing, broadside against the pier about midway of its length, tearing away a portion of the pier and seriously damaging the vessel. The waves were rolling very high, and the vessel soon began to work through the pier, every blow from the waves rendering her more helpless. During the night she worked completely through the pier so that her midship lay athwart it, and she went aground, with a good portion of her bulwarks carried away, her foremast gone, the lower mainmast alone remaining, and her deck covered with the debris of the demolished pier and her own despoiled rigging.
      The vessel was owned by Captain Michael Gallighan, of Buffalo, a brother of the acting captain, and was insured for $6,000. The cargo, we believe was also insured. The vessel was over 30 years old, and was leaking badly, insomuch that the water was gaining upon them notwithstanding the pumps were kept going most of the time from Milwaukee, which place she left about 1 P.M. the same day. Fearing to keep on his course for the Straits in this condition, Capt. Gallighan sought to enter our harbor, although a stranger to it, and following the direction of the Coast Pilot, in taking the range of lights was led into error, they having been laid down when the late north pier was in existance. The vessel will doubtless prove a total loss.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Friday, October 31, 1862

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OCEAN EAGLE, Brig of 281 tons. Built Oswego (undated) by T.R. Rogers and owned by Clark. Home port, Oswego. Class B 2. Value $6,500. REMARKS -- Built on bottom of brig SIZER also her outfit - large repairs in 1855.
      Board of Lake Underwriters
      Lake Vessel Register, 1860

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Reason: struck pier
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $6,000
Cargo: $6,000
Freight: rye
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.75083 Longitude: -87.71453
William R. McNeil
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Ocean Eagle (Brig), struck pier, 23 Oct 1862