The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Forest (Schooner), sunk by collision, 1 Jun 1859

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VESSEL SUNK. -- Last night, between one and two o'clock, as the bark FOREST, Capt. Pettingill, of Oswego, was on her way to Dunkirk, with one thousand barrels of salt, she was run into by the brig LADY and immediately sunk when within ten miles of Silver Creek. One man lost his life, and it was with much difficulty that the rest of the crew escaped with their lives. We are assured, upon the very best authority, that the accident was attributable to whisky, as it was very still at the time, and no need of accident occurring. Our informant may be wrong in the latter particular, but as the accident was entirely needless, we can scarcely attribute it to anything else.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      June 28, 1859

Port of Buffalo, Arrived, July 16.
      Tug ECHO, Gager, Silver Creek; lot spars, rigging, sails &c., from wreck of schooner FOREST.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      July 16, 1859

Schooner FOREST, of Texas, cargo salt, sunk off Silver Creek, Lake Erie, by collision with the Brig ACADIA. Total loss with one of her crew. Property loss, hull $1,000 Cargo $1,250
      Disasters during 1859 to Oswego Vessels
      Oswego (N.Y.) Commercial Times
      April 10, 1860

FOREST Schooner of 199 tons, Built Huron by Bates in 1847. Owned by Corss & Morgan. Home port, Oswego. Valued at $1,500 Class A 2. REMARKS--Rebuilt in February 1860
      Board of Lake Underwriters
      Lake Vessel Register 1860

NOTE:- The above vessel wintered at Oswego during 1859/60, whether she was the same FOREST is not clear

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: 1
Hull damage: $1,000
Cargo: $1,250
Freight: salt
Remarks: Rebuilt ??
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.54423 Longitude: -79.16671
William R. McNeil
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Forest (Schooner), sunk by collision, 1 Jun 1859