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Sir Edmund Head (Bark), aground, 2 Nov 1870

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The bark SIR E.W. HEAD, of St. Catharines, Capt. Thomas Read, with a cargo of coal and a crew of 6 men, bound to Toronto, left Cleveland at 2 P.M. Sunday. She passed Erie, Pa. about noon yesterday, leaking badly, and went ashore about 18 miles east of there at 2 P.M. One of her crew was washed overboard. The captain and the rest of the crew took to the boat, and when about half way to shore, the boat was swamped and 3 more of the crew drowned. The names of the lost are Thomas Osborn, George Kaills and George Johnson, of St. Catharines, and one man unknown, who shipped at Cleveland. It is supposed the vessel will be a total loss. Capt. Read reports another vessel wrecked near the HEAD and the entire crew supposed to be lost.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 2, 1870 3-5

The schooners MARY ANN RANKIN, W.W. GRANT, LEVIATHAN, and Bark SIR E.W. HEAD are all reported ashore on Lake Erie.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, November 4, 1870

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Reason: aground
Freight: coal
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Pennsylvania, United States
    Latitude: 42.12922 Longitude: -80.08506
William R. McNeil
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Sir Edmund Head (Bark), aground, 2 Nov 1870