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Sweepstakes (Schooner), U22358, aground, 13 Nov 1859

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DISASTERS &c.- The gale of Saturday and Sunday was very severe on Lake Erie.
The Buffalo Express reports the following disasters:- The schooner SWEEPSTAKES, with a cargo of wheat consigned to P.S. Marsh, is ashore on the Canada side, nearly opposite the mouth of the harbor.
The Schooner OAK HILL, bound up, light, was near Point au Pelee, when the gale struck her. She was put about and headed for this port. She went ashore a little after two o'clock, half a mile above the light house. Her captain reports the schooner MIRANDA ashore further up the Bay. (part)
      Cleveland Morning leader
      November 15, 1859

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      The gale and snow storm of Sunday and yesterday will, we fear, prove very disastrous to our lake marine. There were quite a number of propellers and sail vessels out, and many are doubtless ashore or lost altogether.
      In this neighborhood we have several disasters to chronicle. The brig WILLIAM TREAT , lying at anchor under Point Abino, parted her big chain and ran for the river, entering it safely during the height of the storm. She grounded on Strawberry Island, where she now lies, safe. She was loaded with wheat, and consigned to Cutter & Nims.
      The schooner SWEEPSTAKES is ashore on the reef about one mile below Windmill Point. She had on a cargo of wheat, consigned to Messrs. Cutter & Mins - fully insured. The scow OAK HILL, and schooner MIRANDA are both ashore in the Bay - the former nearly opposite Bidwell & Banta's ship yard, the latter further up.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Tuesday, November 15, 1859

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      The schr. SWEEPSTAKES, wrecked on the reef in the storm of the 13th inst., was got off yesterday morning and towed into Blackwell Canal by the tug GOV. KING. The Palmer wrecking pump, under the command of Capt. Dill, did admirable work in getting her afloat. Her bottom is badly stove in, but otherwise no damage done. About 9,000 bu. of her cargo had been taken out, the balance of course is a total loss.
      Detroit Free Press
      November 23, 1859

THE SWEEPSTAKES. -- The Express says:-- We have before mentioned that this vessel, which was ashore on the reef at the mouth of the river had been got off and brought to this port. We yesterday paid a visit to her where she lies, in the dry dock, and were perfectly surprised to find her so little damaged. Her lines are just as perfect as they were the day she was launched. Her keel is nearly all off, her bottom badly chafed, and some good sized holes in it, made by the rocks. She is an A 1 vessel, built three years ago by those celebrated builders Quail and Martin, of Cleveland. Capt. Jones, one of our best builders, pronounced her, yesterday, one of the best built vessels he ever saw. It is estimated that it will cost $2,000 to put her in perfect order and as good as new. Capt. Buffington, her Master, is deserving of great credit for his untiring exertions in getting her off, which was accomplished by the aid of one of Palmer's wrecking pumps, owned and managed by Capt. Rueben Dill. It will be recollected that Capt. Dill had great success with his pump in getting off vessels last spring, on the shores of lake Michigan, and this is another evidence of the value of his pump for wrecking purposes.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      November 25, 1859

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Got off
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
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Sweepstakes (Schooner), U22358, aground, 13 Nov 1859