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Shamrock (Schooner), capsized, 11 May 1844

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The schr. SHAMROCK of Kingston loaded with pork and flour from Toledo capsized on Saturday morning (5/11) 8 miles above Gravelly Bay. She had all sails up, and was struck by a sudden squall. One man was lost, the balance of the crew were taken off by the schr. MOSES AND ELIAS, and brought to this port. The steamer GOV. MARCY, Capt. Harris, went up yesterday in search of the wreck.
      Daily Courier & Economist
      May 13, 1844
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lake disasters. --Two schooners, the N. BIDDLE and SHAMROCK, the former bound west in ballast from this port, and the latter filled with pork, &c., for the Welland Canal, were capsized in the gust that passed over the lake on Saturday last. One hand was lost from the SHAMROCK.
By Mr. Stone of the steamer Buffalo, we learn that the brig O. RICHMOND was towed down from Cleveland to the BIDDLE for the purpose of righting her and the OTTAWA. GOV. MARCY went off from our port yesterday and towed the SHAMROCK under Pt. Abino, where she now lies. A sail vessel will be sent to secure the cargo.
      Buffalo Daily Gazette
      May 14, 1844

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We regret to learn that a schooner belonging to Messrs. McPherson & Crane -- the SHAMROCK, Captain Taylor - was on Saturday last, struck by a squall and capsized off Morgan's Point, about 5 miles from Gravelly Bay. She was loaded with pork and flour for Kingston, and carried about 250 barrels on deck. One man who was standing to leeward, letting go the topsail at the time when the squall struck the vessel, was unfortunately lost. She was righted yesterday, but the greater part of her cargo saved was damaged, and it is feared that a good deal of the pork went to the bottom. --- Niagara Chronicle.
      The News, Kingston
      Thursday, May 23, 1844

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      The schooner SHAMROCK was during the week hauled out by Messrs. Fowler & Hood, and the damage sustained quickly repaired.
      The News, Kingston
      Thursday, May 30, 1844

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May 11 - Schooner SHAMROCK, Taylor, master, capsized off Morgan's Point, five miles from Gravelly Bay, cargo of pork and flour for Kingston; one man lost. Loss $4,000
      Lake Disasters of 1844
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      February 8, 1845

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" The Schooner SHAMROCK, laden with pork and flour from Toledo, capsized eight miles above Gravelly Bay, one man was lost; the vessel was recovered a few days afterwards."
      from Hist.,of the Great Lakes
      by Mansfield Vol.1, p.645

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Reason: capsized
Lives: 1
Hull damage: $4,000
Cargo: included
Freight: pork & flour
Remarks: Recovered
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.856111 Longitude: -79.345555
William R. McNeil
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Shamrock (Schooner), capsized, 11 May 1844