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David Sharp (Scow), capsized, 8 Sep 1878

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Buffalo, September 9. - A port Colborne private dispatch states that the schooner DAVID SHARP, loaded with railway ties and bound to Buffalo, water-logged and capsized off Grand River yesterday. The crew, captain's wife and 17 months' old child were rescued by the schooner DUNDEE.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Tuesday, September 10, 1878

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Port Colborne, Ont., Sept. 9. -- The schooner DAVID SHARP, loaded with ties for Buffalo, waterlogged and capsized, about 20 miles above Grand River, on Lake Erie Sunday morning. Only about two feet of the vessel remained above water. The Captain, his wife, and child only seventeen months old, and a crew of four men, clung to the upper side of the vessel for about eleven hours. Heavy seas were washing freely over them for about seven hours. They were rescued from their perilous condition by the schooner DUNDEE. The woman and child were in a helpless state at the time they were taken off.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      Tuesday, September 10, 1878
DAVID SHARP, Schooner, bound from Kingsville, Ont., to Buffalo, stranded 20 miles east of Long Point, Lake Erie, in a waterlogged condition. Port of hail, Port Dover, 95 tons. September 8, 1878
      Statement of Wreck & Casualties
      Dept. of Marine & Fisheries, 1878

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Reason: capsized
Lives: nil
Freight: railroad ties
Remarks: Recovered
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.86681 Longitude: -79.56631
William R. McNeil
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David Sharp (Scow), capsized, 8 Sep 1878