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General Worth (Brig), U10150, water-logged, 3 Nov 1867

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      Although the gale that occurred on Sunday night, did no material damage in our city, we are unable to say the same of the lakes; it having proved very disastrous to the shipping.
      The magnificent propeller ACME, of the Western Transportation's line, encountered the gale in all its strength, and foundered 15 miles from Dunkirk. When Capt. Dickson found that he could not save his vessel, he ordered his men to take to their life boats, which they did. Part of their crew landed at Dunkirk and the rest of them landed at Silver Creek. The ACME had no passengers. The men arrived here on board the Revenue cutter COMMODORE PERRY last night from Dunkirk.
      The brig GEN. WORTH, owned by Messrs. Richardson & Rosenbury, of this city, foundered off of Barcelona, and the debris was going ashore at that port. Fears are entertained for the safety of the crew.
      The schooner SUPPLY is ashore at Port Colborne; no particulars.
      An unknown vessel is reported sunk above Sturgeon Point. Nothing has been heard from her crew.
      A schooner went ashore at Black Rock.
      The schooner ATLANTA had a narrow escape from foundering; but reached this port safe yesterday morning.
      The bark P.S. MARSH had two sailors washed overboard and drowned, near Grand River. Their names are Cyrus Gates and Frederick Pierce, the former mentioned is from Indiana, but the residence of the other is unknown.
      We shall no doubt, before many hours have passed, receive tidings of fresh disasters. The seamen say that they had the roughest time on the lakes during the gale than they ever experienced.
      Buffalo Daily Post
      Tuesday, November 5, 1867

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      The brig GENERAL WORTH, which was wrecked on Lake Erie, off Dunkirk, had on board a cargo of walnut lumber and logs, which were taken on at Sandusky. A gentleman who arrived in this city yesterday and left Buffalo the evening previous, states that nothing was yet known as to the safety of the crew, and if saved the facts had not yet reached Buffalo. The WORTH was built at Euclid, Ohio, and came out in 1848, since which period she has on one or more occasions been overhauled. She was owned and commanded by Capt. Thomas Richardson, who, with the entire crew, it is feared, have found watery graves.
      Detroit Post
      November 7, 1867

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The brig GEN. WORTH was anchored off Barcelona during the late gale and abandoned by the crew, who are supposed to have been all lost in trying to make shore on a rock bound coast, arrived at Buffalo last evening in tow of a tug. Her masts and rigging were all carried away with the exception of the foremast, and she is not of much value now. The tug had to tow her stern foremost. An interesting question may be raised here whether a vessel anchored and abandoned by her crew is subject to salvage. The WORTH is now in the Erie Basin. An examination of her in her present condition will show the violence of the gale. Her anchor was lost and a portion of the cable. The lumber in her hold, consisting of black walnut, is saved. There is no doubt that the crew of 8 men, including the master were all lost.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 9, 1867 3-5

Brig GENERAL WORTH, waterlogged on Lake Erie; secured and taken to Buffalo.
      Marine Disasters 1867, Lake Erie
      Toledo Blade December 21, 1867

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THE BRIG. "GENERAL WORTH." - A few items in relation to this vessel, which was waterlogged, and on which all hands on board perished, on Sunday night, may be of interest to our readers.
      On Monday afternoon a telegram was received here, stating a vessel was in difficulty off Ripley, N.Y., and needed assistance immediately. The information soon reached Executive Officer Davenport, of the MICHIGAN, who, being owner of the tug TILLINGHAST, soon had her fired up and on the route to the vessel.
      They were soon alongside of her, and found her to be waterlogged and anchored, and in such condition that it was impossible to move her, as the mainmast was gone and all the loose rigging hanging by the foremast and over the side. Shortly afterwards a tug arrived from Buffalo, and between them both she was started for Erie, it being twenty miles nearer than Buffalo, but being so deep in the water, it was a hard job against a heavy sea. They brought her inside the piers, (where she grounded,) and came into the dock for assistance,
and not until going back for her were they aware that an agent from Buffalo had gone out before them and had her well down the lake; the men that composed the crew of the TILLINGHAST thereby losing all their time, labor and trouble. She was loaded with a valuable cargo of black walnut lumber, and bound for Buffalo.
      Great credit is due Officer Davenport for his prompt assistance in the matter with his tug, as the expense of running down there was something over one hundred dollars; also to Capt, John Dunlap and the men who manned her, they losing their time in trying to save the lives of the crew.
      Erie Daily Dispatch
      Saturday, November 9, 1867

      It will take, it is estimated, $6,000 or $7,000 to repair the brig GEN. WORTH, and some $3,000 to repair the schooner SUPPLY. Both vessels are now at Buffalo.
      Toledo Blade
      November 16, 1867
Schooner GENERAL WORTH. U. S. No. 10150. Of 223.67 tons. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1869

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Reason: water-logged
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Freight: walnut lumber
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    Latitude: 42.4795 Longitude: -79.33393
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General Worth (Brig), U10150, water-logged, 3 Nov 1867