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P. C. Sherman (Bark), U19614, aground, 14 Nov 1871

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Bark P.C. SHERMAN, cargo grain, ashore on Long Point; total loss.
      Marine Disasters on the Western
      Lakes during 1871, Capt. J.W. Hall

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BARK P.C. SHERMAN SUNK. - A dispatch was received by Capt. Montgomery this morning, dated Brockton, Nov. 15th, announcing that the bark P.C. SHERMAN sunk in the gale yesterday in seven fathoms of water. The captain is expected here today with full particulars.
The SHERMAN was built by Peck & Masters, at Cleveland, about 1862. She rated at the time of her loss A. 2., with a capacity of 25,000 bushels of wheat. In October, 1867, she parted her chain and went ashore in the Straits, and it cost $24,000 to get her off and in commission again. She was owned by Capt. Montgomery, of this city, and valued at from $25,000 to $30,000. The SHERMAN was downward bound and loaded with grain for Buffalo.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Thursday, November 16, 1871

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      THE SHERMAN. - Captain Skinner, of the schr. N.C. WEST, reports that she was behing the SHERMAN when the disaster to that vessel occurred. The SHERMAN struck some obstruction on the Point, and knocked a hole in her bottom. She soon after careened and went down. She now lies on her starboard bilge, with her spars half out of the water.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 17, 1871

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      MARINE DISASTERS. - Port Rowan, Ont. Nov. 17. - The following vessels were driven ashore on Long Point on Wednesday: . . . The bark P.C. SHERMAN, rolled over on the end of Long Point. The crew left the vessel in the boat and were driven out into the lake, they are supposed to have been lost. The vessel will probably be a total loss.
      Sandusky Register
      Saturday, November 18, 1871

      The crew of the bark P.C. SHERMAN lost off Long Point arrived here today. They drifted across the lake in an open boat for 20 hours, exposed to the cold and heavy seas. The stewardess died on the terrible passage from exposure.
      Sandusky Register
      Monday, November 20, 1871

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      DROWNED. - The crew of the bark P.C. SHERMAN suffered untold hardships in their perilous ride on Lake Erie. Two of the crew had their feet badly frozen, and the cook, a woman, was so badly benumbed that she was drowned in the surf when the boat landed.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday, November 20, 1871

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      The reports of the disaster to our lake marine in the recent storm are coming in thick and fast. In the marine column of this issue will be found the particulars of several serious accidents, some of which were attended with loss of life. But we fear that all the disasters have not yet been made known.
      On Lake Erie the storm raged with terrible fury for nearly forty-eight hours. The vessels that were caught near the south shore must have fared badly, unless they succeeded in making some port before the gale reached its height. At the present writing, the fate of two persons on board of the stranded schooner MONTCALM is not known here. This vessel was discovered early Wednesday morning, about 500 rods from the shore, near Girard, flying a flag of distress. There being no boats in that vicinity, word was sent to Erie, and a boat and eight men were sent from the U. S. Steamer MICHIGAN, by rail to Girard, to assist in the rescue. But the shore near the scene of the disaster is very rocky and abrupt, and consequently the rescueing boat could not be launched. By this time the vessel had worked within 500 feet of the beach, and her foremast had gone by the board. A line was floated ashore from the vessel in the hope of working the yawl by its aid. The yawl, however, immediately filled on touching the water. Thus the day was spent in futile attempts to rescue the crew of the stranded vessel, and night set in with no hope of help until next morning. The storm continued to rage all night, with bitter cold weather, but whether the vessel hung together until the morning dawned we are not yet informed.
      Directly across the lake, another shipwrecked crew were at the same time battling with the waves for their lives. The fine bark P.C. SHERMAN, of this port, loaded with corn, while flying before the storm, struck some object near Long Point and went down very soon after. The crew took to the boats, and, after suffering great hardships, made a safe landing on the south shore, near Brocton. The scow WILLIAMS, in attempting to make the port of Cleveland during the storm, struck the pier and sunk, taking down with her a wonam cook. On Long Point several vessels are reported ashore. One of these is supposed to be the propeller EVERGREEN CITY, of this port. Similar reports reach us from Lake Ontario, Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. In the latter case it is feared several lives have been lost.
      The effects of this storm have been widespread and very disastrous. The loss to the shipping on the seaboard, and on the other side of the Atlantic, has also been very great. At the present it is impossible to estimate the full amount of damage that has been done.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 17, 1871

      Bark P.C. SHERMAN. U. S. No. 19614. Of 406.43 tons. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871

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Reason: aground
Lives: 1
Freight: grain
Remarks: Total loss
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    Latitude: 42.555833 Longitude: -80.197222
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P. C. Sherman (Bark), U19614, aground, 14 Nov 1871