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Harriet Ross (Schooner), ?, aground, 1 Nov 1874

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HARRIET ROSS Schooner, cargo coal, ashore at Port Colborne, November 1874. Property loss, hull $2,500 cargo $800.
      Casualty List for 1874
      Chicago Inter-Ocean, Dec. 25, 1874

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Reports continue to come in of additional disasters resulting from the fog, which has hung over the lakes for several days. The schr. HARRIET ROSS, bound to Erie from this port loaded with coal, ran ashore yesterday morning 4 miles east of Port Colborne. She has been abandoned to the underwriters by her owner, Capt. Thomas Collins.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 6, 1874 3-5

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The tug COMPOUND arrived in port Saturday with the schr. HARRIET ROSS, which went ashore 4 miles from Port Colborne, with a cargo of coal. The COMPOUND broke her cylinder head and piston rod when nearly in, and the tug BRUCE was obliged to go to her assistance.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 9, 1874 3-6

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Yesterday afternoon the expedition that went to the relief of the schr. ROSS, recently ashore 5 miles from Port Colborne and abandoned to the underwriters as a bad wreck, arrived in port with the vessel in tow of the tug G.W. GARDNER. The wrecking party was in charge of Capt. Lorenzo Dimmick, and experienced considerable difficulty in raising the vessel. They were obliged to keep steam pumps working all the way down. Arriving in port she was towed to the Union drydock, but, drawing too much water she had to be taken to the coal dock to unload her cargo. As soon as this is accomplished she will be placed into drydock, and then the full extent of her damages will be ascertained, but it is believed that her injuries are not serious.
Capt. Murphy, of the ROSS, left the vessel early Thursday morning to look for assistance and up to the hour of writing had not been heard from. Search was made for him in the neighborhood of the wreck, but without success. There are various rumors regarding his disappearance, but the opinion is prevelant that he has lost his mind and wandered away.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 11, 1874 3-5
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Reason: aground
Hull damage: $2,500
Cargo: $800
Freight: coal
Remarks: Damaged
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.90012 Longitude: -79.23288
William R. McNeil
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Harriet Ross (Schooner), ?, aground, 1 Nov 1874