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Exchange (Schooner), collision, 22 Nov 1862

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Schooner EXCHANGE damaged in collision on Lake Ontario with C. REEVE, November 1862. The REEVE with a cargo of corn was sunk. The EXCHANGE with damaged cut-water, bowsprit, &c., and leaking took the crew of the REEVE and returned to Oswego. Damage to EXCHANGE $500.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 26, 1863
      (Casualty List for 1862)

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      Saturday night was an unfortunate one for the shipping on Lake Ontario. A snow storm set in about 6:00 in the evening, and the wind blew fresh from the north. It was during the snow storm that the disaster occurred.
      The schr. EXCHANGE ran into the schr. C.J. REEVES of Detroit, on Saturday night, 3 miles off Oak Orchard. The REEVES immediately sank, but the crew were immediately taken on board the EXCHANGE, and brought to this port yesterday.
The REEVES had a cargo of 18,500 bu. corn for Oswego. The EXCHANGE had salt for ballast.
      Rochester Union & Advertiser
      November 24, 1862 2-3

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      A few more particulars attending the collision between the scgooners C.J. REEVE and EXCHANGE on Lake Ontario, right off Oak Orchard, have been received. The crew of the REEVES saved none of their effects, and the EXCHANGE lost bowsprit, twisted her stem and is in a leaky condition. The EXCHANGE was freighted with 2,000 bbls. of salt.
      Rochester Union & Advertiser
      November 25, 1862 2-3

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      The schooner EXCHANGE, of Cleveland, lies at the pier, just above the THREE BELLS, and with a little pumping is kept free. She has salt for ballast and was bound for Lake Erie when she collided on Saturday night (11/22) with the J.C. REEVES of Detroit. The vessels were about 3 miles off Oak Orchard and it was very dark. Neither crew saw lights and could see nothing ahead. The stem of the EXCHANGE struck the side of the REEVES just aft the foremast and cut her right down. The REEVES had 13,500 bu. of corn in and sunk immediately. The EXCHANGE took off her crew, and finding that she had lost her bowsprit and cutwater and was leaking, she put about and made for this harbor. She bears the marks of a collision and reminds one of a bully with his nose badly broken. What is to be done with her, remains for the underwriters to say. No one on board yesterday knew what was to be done with her.
      Rochester Union & Advertiser
      November 26, 1862 2-2

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      The schooner EXCHANGE, which collided with the REEVE, was taken to Oswego by a tug last week, and will lie there this winter to repair.
      Rochester Union & Advertiser
      December 1, 1862 2-1

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $500
Freight: salt
Remarks: Repaired
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.27422 Longitude: -78.33252
William R. McNeil
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Exchange (Schooner), collision, 22 Nov 1862