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Oak Hill (Schooner), U18886, 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.
      The schooner ALDEBARAN, at anchor in the bay, parted her chains during the height of the gale, but after much difficulty succeeded in getting inside.
      The schooner MARGARET is ashore at Port Burwell.
      The lower lake schooner ANDOVER, loaded with salt, is ashore at Braddock's Point, Lake Ontario.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Tuesday, November 15, 1859

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      The scow OAK HILL, which went aground in the bay, in the storm of the 13th inst., was towed in yesterday morning..
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, November 21, 1859

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: nil
Remarks: Got off
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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Oak Hill (Schooner), U18886, aground, 13 Nov 1859