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Buffalo (Brig), aground, 1 Sep 1859

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The brig BUFFALO is ashore on the bar near Grand Haven, and is full of water. It is thought she will be a total loss.
      Detroit Free Press
      September 13, 1859
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      The brig BUFFALO, Capt. Loutit, from the lower lakes, laden with a cargo of coal for the Detroit and Milwaukee Railway Co., went ashore near the end of the pier, at this place on Sunday last. Four of the crew while attempting to land in the yawl, were swamped, and only escaped with their lives by the timely assistance of spectators who were on the beach; the remainder were rescued from their perilous position by the prompt and noble effort of Messrs. Mathews and Walker, fishermen, who fearlessly, with their boat, encountered the foaming billows of the lake. A valuable horse, belonging to the captain was drowned, while attempting to bring him ashore. We understand the vessel and cargo were insured in responsible companies, and that there is not much hope of saving either. - Grand Haven news, 14th.
      Detroit Free Press
      September 16, 1859

      The Detroit Advertiser of Thursday says: The Brig BUFFALO, which went ashore a few days ago on the South bar at Grand Haven, has broken up and will prove a total loss. The BUFFALO was owned by Captain J. Loutitt and insured for $3,000 in the Aetna Co. The cargo consisting of coal, was insured for $1,000 in the Buffalo Mutual
      Cleveland Morning leader
      September 24, 1859

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: coal
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.06307 Longitude: -86.22839
William R. McNeil
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Buffalo (Brig), aground, 1 Sep 1859