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W. S. Pierson (Bark), aground, 18 May 1865

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FROM SANDUSKY TO HAMBURG, GERMANY - The barque W.S. PIERSON set sail the other day from Sandusky bound for Hamburg. This makes the second trip of this vessel to Europe. Her cargo is one that will be highly appreciated in Hamburg, being chiefly composed of walnut, poplar and oak timber, measuring altogether 177,550 feet. She also takes a case of gun stocks and 6922 pipe staves. The dirrerence in price of the varieties of wood specified is no doubt considerable between the two countries, or such a cargo would not be shipped so great a distance. Numbers of our lake craft find no difficulty in voyaging over the ocean
      Erie Daily Dispatch
      May 17, 1865

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      VESSEL ASHORE OFF PRESQUE ISLE - Early yesterday forenoon the signal of distress, consisting of an American flag with the Union down, was discovered flying from the mizen mast of a vessel just beyond the trees on Presque Isle, about half way up that peninsula. On looking through a glass, the upper portion of a vessel's rigging was plainly discernible, and it was evident that the ship was in distress and needed aid. A heavy storm had raged all the previous night and the sea was running very high, but Capt. Christie, of the staunch tug HOME, at once made arrangements to go to the strange vessel's assistance. At 11:00 the tug started, bobbing up and down on the waves like a cork, but steadily ploughing her way onwards. She soon rounded the island and disappeared behind the woods. Nothing more could be learned until the tug returned, which was in the afternoon. She reported having encountered some heavy waves, one of which stove in the forecastle work protecting the steersman, and knocking things about generally. On reaching the vessel it was found to be the barque W.S. PIERSON, from Sandusky to Hamburg, with a valuable cargo of black walnut &c. She ran on the bar a short distance from the main body of the Island, and her keel was imbedded two feet in the sand, so the tug could not move her. The heavy storm
and fog was the means of her being grounded. No material damage has resulted, though we understand the captain feels rather bad over his mishap. It will be necessary to take out a great portion of the cargo before the PIERSON can be pulled off the bar, and this operation will be commenced today, if practicable. Capt. Christie is entitled to great credit for boldly facing the heavy sea running in order to succor the distressed vessel.
      Erie Daily Dispatch
      May 19, 1865

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      Schooners McCULLOUGH and NEBRASKA went out yesterday and lighted off the W.S. PIERSON, after which she was towed into the harbor and now lies safely at Hern & Co.'s dock. Her cargo, consisting mainly of fine black walnut lumber, is in good order. The vessel is uninjured, and will soon start again for her destination, Hamburg. The loss caused by the accident will probably amount to some $700.
      Erie Daily Dispatch
      May 22, 1865

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: walnut lumber &c.
Remarks: Got off
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  • Pennsylvania, United States
    Latitude: 42.16311 Longitude: -80.10117
William R. McNeil
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W. S. Pierson (Bark), aground, 18 May 1865