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J. Ward (Schooner), aground, 4 Aug 1851

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Schooner JO. WARD, in going into Buffalo Aug. 4, 1851, got on to the Erie Basin Pier and became a total wreck
      Casualty List for 1851
      Erik Hyle's private papers

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August 4, 1851. - Schooner JO. WARD, wrecked on Erie Basin Pier, at Buffalo 9,000 bu. corn lost. Property loss, $9,000
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, January 5, 1852
      Casualty List for 1851

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The Schooner JO. WARD, Capt. Allen, in attempting to make port between 6 and 7 o'clock Monday evening, was obliged to come to anchor at the Light-house in consequence of a strong wind, which was blowing from the South East and directly out of the Creek.
Several vessels in attempting to come in at the same time, prevented him from hauling until nearly 8 o'clock, when the wind shifted down the lake in squalls, and blowing heavy. He let go both anchors and rode it out until about 12 o'clock, when she dragged her anchors and went on the new pier of the Erie Basin, and soon broke to pieces. She is a total wreck. She had a cargo of 9,600 bushels of corn and 30 barrels of whiskey from Detroit, consigned to Messrs J.& C. Hitchcock. Vessel and cargo insured.
      Morning Express, Buffalo
      Wednesday, August 6, 1851

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      MARINE DISASTER. - During the severe blow last night the top-sail schooner JOE WARD, Capt. Allen, was driven on the north pier, where she now lies -- a total wreck. The WARD had a cargo of 9,000 bu. corn consigned to W.O. Brown of this city. There was an insurance of $3,500 on the cargo. We did not learn whether the vessel was insured or not.
The schooner MAGNOLIA was also driven on the pier but received slight damage. She is owned by Messrs. Walker, Darrow & Co., and was fully insured.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, August 5, 1851

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $9,000
Cargo: included
Freight: corn, whiskey
Remarks: Total loss
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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J. Ward (Schooner), aground, 4 Aug 1851