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New England (Steamboat), aground, 5 Nov 1838

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The gale last night was one of the severest of the season. It came on suddenly in the evening, blowing fiercely from the north-north-east, accompanied by rain and sleet. We learned by Capt. Hazard of the Steamboat MILWAUKEE, just arrived from Fairport, that the steamboat NEW ENGLAND, bound down, was driven ashore about 6 miles below Fairport, but how much damaged, not learned. The surf was beating quite over her, when seen by the MILWAUKEE. The NEW ENGLAND and MILWAUKEE left Fairport together, and the MILWAUKEE succeeded in returning to that port after the gale commenced.
      Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
      Tuesday, November 6, 1838

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      Disasters of the Gale -The heavy gale which blew during nearly the whole of Monday night, caused an unprecedented amount of damage to our lake craft. A large number of heavily laden vessels were out, no less than thirteen of which were beached, between Grand River and Erie, as far as we have information. We give below such particulars as we can learn respecting the wrecks.
      The steamboat NEW ENGLAND, Capt. Burnet, is ashore 7 miles below Fairport: she had on board 1500 bbls of flour. and several tons of butter, of which she threw overboard 4 or 500 bbls of flour and 6 tons butter, and now lies with 5 to 8 ft water in her hold. She will probably be got off.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Thursday, November 8, 1838

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Capt. Allen of the steamboat BUFFALO, which arrived in safety this morning, sends us the following
      Steamboat BUFFALO, Wednesday morning
      between Grand River and Erie.
Schooner TOLEDO, ashore half a mile below Grand River. Cargo - dry goods - Vessel bilged.
Schooner RALPH GRANGER, ashore one mile below.
Steamboat NEW ENGLAND, about six miles below Grand River 9on her return from Chicago, with 1,500 bbls. flour from Cleveland.)
Brig VIRGINIA, about one mile above Madison Dock
Two schooner, one supposed to be the DOLPHIN.
One schooner above Conneaut, Two schooners at Conneaut.
Three schooner between there and Erie - one is at Sandusky.
      Schooner EAGLE - below Erie - gone to pieces.
      No lives lost, to our knowledge.
      Daily Buffalonian
      November 8, 1838

The Steamboat NEW ENGLAND, Capt. Burnet, is ashore 7 miles below Fairport; she had on board 1,500 barrels of flour, and several tons of butter, of which she threw overboard 400 or 500 barrels and 6 tons of butter, and now lies with 5 to 8 feet of water in the hold. She will probably be got off.
      Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
      Monday, November 12, 1838

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      The steamboat NEW ENGLAND, Captain Burnet, which was beached in the heavy gale of the 5th instant, arrived in port this forenoon, having been got off on Tuesday morning from her perilous situation. She has received some slight damage to her wood work on deck, and the guard decks have been partially torn up, but is otherwise perfectly sound -- not a berth having started. She has been dismantled, preparatory to laying up.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Friday, November 16, 1838

OFF -- The Steamboat NEW ENGLAND has been got off, and taken to Buffalo. She is dismantled, and laid up for the winter. She is but little injured; her hull is sound as ever. Upper works and guards partially damaged.
      Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
      Monday, November 19, 1838

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New England (Steamboat), aground, 5 Nov 1838