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James C. Harrison (Schooner), U75285, aground, 15 Sep 1871

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Schooner J.C. HARRISON, cargo grain, ashore at Point Abino; cargo total loss;
vessel got off
      Marine Disasters on the Western
      Lakes during 1871, Capt. J.W. Hall

VESSELS ASHORE.- The thick smoky weather which has prevailed in this vicinity of late, seems to have been general along the Lakes, and several vessels have have gone ashore. Three are on the beach, within twelve miles of this port. The fine three-and-after J.C. HARRISON, grain-laden from Chicago, went on the outside of Point Abino on Saturday night. There is some water in her hold. A tug and lighter have gone to her assistance. She will probably be relieved today. . . . .
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday, September 18, 1871

(the other two vessele were the M.P. BARKALOW and W. RAYNOR.)

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      OPERATIONS AT THE WRECK. - Unfortunately for the success of the work of relieving the vessels ashore in the Bay, the wind changed and blew fresh from the west, which made a suspension of operations necessary. A large force was a work on the HARRISON; on the beach at Point Abino, all day yesterday, and about 16,000 bushels of dry grain were removed. She has about seven feet of water in her hold. Work will be resumed as soon as the weather will permit.......
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Tuesday, September 19, 1871


      THE HARRISON OFF. - The bark HARRISON was got off the shore near Point Abino and brought into port this noon, apparently not much damaged.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wednesday, September 20, 1871

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DAMAGED GRAIN. - The damaged grain on board the stranded schooners RAYNOR
and HARRISON is being unloaded at the Reed Elevator. The amount off both vessels was about 16,000 bushels. The HARRISON will repair at Mills & Walsh's drydock.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Thursday, September 21, 1871

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      THE HARRISON. - The schooner HARRISON, recently on the rocks at Point Abino has unloaded her wet grain and is now in Mills & Walsh's dry dock. She will have a new keel, new garboards, several new planks on the starboard side and a few on the port side. Her damage will probably reach $5,000 or $6,000.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Tuesday, September 26, 1871

      Schooner JAMES C. HARRISON. U. S. No. 75285. Of 518.20 tons gross; 492.29 tons net. Built Cleveland, O., 1870. Home port, Cleveland, O.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: grain
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.836111 Longitude: -79.095277
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James C. Harrison (Schooner), U75285, aground, 15 Sep 1871