The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Buffalo (Brig), storm damage, 23 Sep 1849

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The Equinoctial gale commenced here about six o'clock on Saturday evening, and by half past nine reached its height, though the wind blew freshly the remainder of the night and all day yesterday. The wind blew as violently as we ever knew it to, and there was but little rain, many trees were blown down, or had large branches twisted off.
About half-past two on Sunday morning, the schooner BIG Z., of Silver Creek, in entering the harbor struck the bar, was dashed against the west and then against the east pier, commenced filling, and sunk in the river at the foot of Bath Street, where she now lies across the river, wholly obstructing navigation.
Three of the crew jumped overboard, two of whom swam ashore, and one was picked up near the end of the pier by a yawl, which also took off those who remained in the rigging.
      She cleared from Toledo on the 22nd., with 7,080 bushels of corn on account of B.F. Hollister, Esq. The vessel was owned by Messrs Lee, Snow & Co., of Silver Creek. ------- Cleveland Herald
      The Plaindealer adds the following
The Brig BUFFALO came in yesterday morning, with her main boom and royal yard carried away and otherwise disabled. She was from the Upper lakes, and is loaded with wheat. She is owned by Dean Richmond & Co.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wednesday, September 26, 1849

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Reason: storm damage
Lives: nil
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
William R. McNeil
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Buffalo (Brig), storm damage, 23 Sep 1849