The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
John Richards (Schooner), capsized & aground, 17 Jun 1836

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DISASTER ON LAKE ERIE. - As the schooner JOHN RICHARDS, in ballast, was about to enter our harbor, about 3 o'clock this morning, she was taken by a sudden flaw of wind and immediately capsized, and afterwards floated on to the beach - from which it is hoped she will be got off without material damage. The hands on board fortunately escaped, and no property of moment has been injured.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Friday, June 17, 1836 p.2, c.3

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      The schooner JOHN RICHARDS, owned by Sears & Ruden, yesterday morning was struck by a squall, about daylight, while she was attempting to enter Buffalo Harbor, and capsized. She was driven by the squall upon the rocks between this port and Black Rock, and sunk. She had not much cargo, and the vessel being old will be of little loss, if she cannot be got off. We have not heard the particulars of the actual loss.
      Buffalo Daily Star
      June 18, 1836

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Reason: capsized & aground
Lives: nil
Freight: nil
Remarks: Got off
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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John Richards (Schooner), capsized & aground, 17 Jun 1836