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Flora Watson (Schooner), sunk by collision, 2 Nov 1862

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Schooner FLORA WATSON, cargo wheat, sunk by collision with the schooner HARRIET ROSS, off the Niagara River, Lake Ontario.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 26, 1863 (Casualty List, 1862)

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ACCIDENT ON LAKE ONTARIO - On Sunday morning, says the Lockport Journal, the schooners FLORA WATSON of Buffalo, loaded with 14,500 bushels of wheat, and HARRIET ROSS of Detroit, loaded with salt and sugar, came in collision near Fort Niagara, breaking in the side of the FLORA WATSON, so that she sank immediately the crew barely escaping with their lives. The bow of the other vessel was broken in so that they had scarcely time to run her ashore, some two miles, when she filled. The cargoes of both vessels are lost. This is the third time the crew of the HARRIET ROSS has been wrecked this season.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Thursday, November 6, 1862

      Disasters on the Lakes.
The gales on the Lakes on Sunday and Monday of last week was most disastrous. Amongst the shipwrecks reported are the following:-
The propeller BAY STATE, lost in the gale of Sunday night, was a fine vessel. She was commanded by Captain Marshall, of French Creek. Mr. Orley Thompson, of Vermont, was a cabin passenger, a lady and child were also in the cabin. Four passengers were in the steerage. She had a crew of sixteen. She was bound from Oswego for Lake Erie, and loaded with merchandise. The vessel was valued at $14,OOO, and the cargo was probably worth $20,000 or $30,OOO.
      The schooner ONTONAGON, of Oswego, and FARMER, of Sackett's Harbor, went ashore a short distance East of East Pier. A terrific gale was blowing at the time. The OONTONAGON had a cargo of wheat on board, loaded at Toledo consigned to Oswego. The vessel and cargo are a total loss. The FARMER had no cargo on board. The vessel is a total loss. Crews of both vessels saved.
      The schooner FLORA WATSON, bound from Toledo to Oswego, with wheat, and the schooner HARRIET ROSS bound up with salt, collided two miles from the Niagara river. The WATSON sunk in thirty feet of water.
The schooner GAZELLE, of Oswego, went ashore about half a mile below that place. She is loaded with lumber and is leaking some.
      The schooner VERMONT is ashore behindthe East river.
The schooners BOND and COUCH, and barque STORK were disabled in sails and rigging.
The schooner GAZETTE, Gross, with a cargo of lumber for Oswego, was driven ashore.
The schooner MARY ANN, Hunter, laden with peas from Canada for Oswego, was driven ashore at Point Peninsula.
The schooner ANNIE MOULTON, with barley and rye, went ashore at Big Sandy Creek.
The brig JOHN RAE was driven ashore near Niagara.
The schooner CHIEF JUSTICE MARSHALL is ashore between Barcelona and Dunkirk. Crew all lost.
      Goderich Signal, Semi Weekly
      November 14, 1862

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $8,000
Cargo: $13,000
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.262222 Longitude: -79.073055
William R. McNeil
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Flora Watson (Schooner), sunk by collision, 2 Nov 1862