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Oneonta (Bark), U18887, aground, 1 Aug 1867

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ONEONTA Bark, ashore at Erie, Lake Erie.
      Marine Disasters 1867, Lake Erie
      Toledo Blade December 21, 1867

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Intelligence was received here yesterday that the bark OREONTO went ashore at Erie, Pa., Thursday night ((8/29), and the schr. ISABELLA, at Long Pt.; the former light, and the latter with coal.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      August 31, 1867 8-6

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      THE BARK ONEONTA. - We append the following in relation to the above vessel condensing the statement made by the best authority. It seems that the tug FRANK PEREW has had the credit at Buffalo of having pulled off the OCEONTA, when the truth is she did no such thing, but simply aided the tug GREEN in dredging.
      The facts are that when the bark was found to be aground, the captain applied to the Revenue Cutter, COMMODORE PERRY, for help, which was at once afforded afforded. The first attempt to drag her off was a failure on account of the cable's breaking, but the bow was pulled out about 40 ft. Further attempts showed that a hard job was on hand, and the captain of the PERRY then attached two parts of the best bower cable of the cutter to the best bower cable of the bark, and on giving it a grand stretching the latter parted. It was only after two days and a half hard labor at pulling and dredging that the bark was finally released. The credit of the whole operation belongs to the PERRY, and it bothers us honest folks to understand why the report of the vessel's release by the PEREW was put in circulation. Our readers, however, will be able to see that Erie has got the vessel that can do such work as well as her neighbors.
      Erie Daily Dispatch
      Friday, September 6, 1867

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Schooner ONEONTA. U. S. No. 18887. Of 424.44 tons gross; 403.22 tons net. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1862. Home port, Bay City, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Got off
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  • Pennsylvania, United States
    Latitude: 42.12922 Longitude: -80.08506
William R. McNeil
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Oneonta (Bark), U18887, aground, 1 Aug 1867