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Great West (Bark), U10149, aground, 1 Oct 1866

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GREAT WEST Bark, cargo coal, ashore at Kenosha, October 1866; Total loss. Property loss, hull $30,000 cargo $8,000
      Casualty List for 1866---Buffalo
      Commercial Advertiser, Feb. 26, 1867

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GREAT WEST No.1 Bark of 765 Tons, owned at Buffalo by Brown, Bound from Buffalo to Chicago, went ashore on Racine Reef, October 1866, vessel and cargo of 800 tons of coal a total loss. Loss to ship $30,000 insurance $20,000 Loss to cargo $8,500 insurance $4,000.
      Marine Casualties on the Great Lakes
      1863-1873 U. S. Coast Guard Report

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      ASHORE. - We learn from a despatch received Wednesday afternoon by Wm. O. Brown, Esq., that the bark GREAT WEST No. 1, and the brig MECHANIC are ashore on the west side of Lake Michigan, between Racine and Chicago. The latter is light and the former had a cargo of 600 tons of coal.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Friday, October 12, 1866

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      The GREAT WEST is ashore on the Racine Reef near Racine; she was run ashore to prevent sinking. We await further particulars.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, October 13, 1866

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      DISMANTLED. - The bark GREAT WEST No. 1, has been divested of her outfit, masts, sails, rigging, &s., and the hull abandoned to the elements by the Underwriters. An unsuccessful atempt was made to sell her cargo of coal.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, October 22, 1866

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Reason: aground
Hull damage: $30,000
Cargo: $8,000
Freight: coal
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 42.58474 Longitude: -87.82119
William R. McNeil
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Great West (Bark), U10149, aground, 1 Oct 1866