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Atlantic (Schooner), sunk by collision, 1 Sep 1840

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A small schooner called the ATLANTIC, owned by Capt. Scovill is sunk at the foot of Main Street.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      February, 24, 1840

      Vessel Ran Down and Sunk.--The Schooner ATLANTIC, Capt. Scoville, bound from Lower Sandusky to Buffalo, was run down by the Steamboat BUFFALO, Capt. Allen, about 7 miles below this port, at 4 o'clock this morning. The ATLANTIC was laden with 2,300 bushels of wheat, owned by Tyler & Bros. The schooner belonged to Capt. Scoville. No insurance on vessel or cargo. We learn the foremast of the ATLANTIC is out of water, and that an attemp will be made to raise her.
So quickly was the vessel sunk by the concussion, that the crew had barely time to escape. No property on board saved.
The accident must have been the result of carelessness on the part of the persons managing the BUFFALO. The lake was calm, sky clear, and sails set on the vessel. Though the schooner had no lights up, we learn she could be distinctly seen over a mile at the time she was run down. This is the third vessel run down by steamboats in the open lake this season.
      Cleveland Daily Herald
      Monday, September 7, 1840 p.3 col.1

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      Just before daylight on Monday morning last, the schooner ATLANTIC, Scoville, master, having on board 1,500 bu. wheat, was ran into by the stm. BUFFALO. The ATLANTIC lies in 6 fathoms of water. Cargo consigned to Kinne & Co. (2 - 3 )
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 9, 1840

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: nil
Freight: wheat
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
William R. McNeil
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Atlantic (Schooner), sunk by collision, 1 Sep 1840