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Algoma (Brig), aground, 7 Nov 1845

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The brig ALGOMAH, is ashore at Port Dalhousie. She had on board 3,000 bu. wheat and 800 bbls. flour. She is on the beach and filled with water. It is feared that she will be a total wreck, and her cargo will be nearly all destroyed. She is owned by Mr. Pardee, in Oswego.
      The schooner VICTORIA, a Canadian vessel, is ashore at the same place, but not in so bad condition. Her freight was light.
      Daily National Pilot, Buffalo
      Wednesday, November 12, 1845

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      The ALGOMAH, with a cargo of 11,000 bu. wheat from Chicago, and 1,000 barrels flour, taken on, we believe at Detroit, came out of the Welland Canal on Friday, the 7th inst. Having been constructed for the enlarged Welland Canal, when completed, the ALGOMAH was the largest vessel on Lake Ontario, and had to be lightened throught the canal, in its present unfinished state. After coming out of the canal on Friday, she was engaged in receiving by lighters, the part of her cargo she had discharged coming through. Before she had received all her cargo on board, the severe storm of Saturday and Sunday. She cast her anchors off the mouth of the canal, and on Sunday morning, the wind having increased to a gale, Capt. Morgan discovered that his vessel was dragging her anchors, he slipped his cables, and ran her ashore about a half mile above the mouth of the canal. The violence of the storm and the sea caused his vessel to beat with great force upon the shore, and she bilged and sunk, her bows in five and her stern in eight feet of water.
      She had on board 10,018 bu. wheat and 825 barrels flour. Most of the wheat will probably be lost, the flour saved with slight damage. It is supposed that the vessel will be got off with some damage, for which measures have been taken The vessel and cargo are nearly and perhaps quite covered with insurance, of which the North Western had $8,000, and the Howard, Etas & Globe the residue. - Oswego Daily Advertiser.
      Daily National Pilot, Buffalo
      Saturday, November 15, 1845

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      The brig ALGOMAH came into port on the 7th, from Niagara, where she has undergone thorough repairs. We understand the expense attending her disaster and repairs, amount to about $1,500, exclusive of the damage to her cargo.
      Daily National Pilot, Buffalo
      Monday, December 15, 1845

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $1,500
Freight: wheat, flour
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.20011 Longitude: -79.26629
William R. McNeil
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Algoma (Brig), aground, 7 Nov 1845