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General Houston (Schooner), aground, 7 Jun 1859


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The schr. GEN. HOUSTON, belonging to J.B. Scott of this city, went ashore at the mouth of Grand River, below Cleveland, in the gale of last Friday. She was loaded with lumber from Port Huron, and was attempting to make the mouth of the river, where the entrance is vey narrow, but was unable to pursue her course, owing to the violence of the gale, and was driven upon the pier. It was feared she had gone to pieces, but no definite intelligence as to her condition has yet been received. her owner left on Saturday night to look after her.
      Detroit Free Press
      June 7, 1859

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The Cleveland Plain Dealer of Monday has the following particulars relative to the loss of the schr. GEN. HOUSTON. She was loaded with lumber at Port Huro instead of Detroit:
"The schr. GEN. HOUSTON, Capt. Van Eps, bound from Detroit to Buffalo, with lumber, while attempting to enter from Fairport Harbor, during the gale on Saturday morning, struck the sand bar near the west pier and went to pieces. She is a total loss. She was owned in Detroit. Her owner was in town yesterday on his way to the scene of the disaster."
      Detroit Free Press
      June 8, 1859

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      THE GEN. HOUSTON. - The light-house keeper at Fairport, Ohio, writing on the 11th inst., says he did not light the night before in consequence of a wreck being in the channel of the river. It is the wreck of the GENERAL HOUSTON, which was lost on the 4th inst. The wreck is in the main channel, near the end of the east pier. It is understood that the United States authorities will take measures to have the wreck removed immediately.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Friday, June 17, 1859

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      DISAPPEARED. - The Painesville (Ohio) Advertiser states that, during the gale of Wednesday night, the wreck of the schooner GENERAL HOUSTON, which so long obstructed the entrance of the harbor at Grand River, disappeared, and there is now plenty of water in the channel. The beacon on the East Pier will be lighted hereafter.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Friday, July 8, 1859

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Reason: aground
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1859
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McN.W.15272
Language of Item:
English
  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.75004 Longitude: -81.27399
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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General Houston (Schooner), aground, 7 Jun 1859