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Nellie McGilvery (Barge), U52856, waterlogged, 18 Sep 1872

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As indicated by the storm signal on Wedensday evening the
weather through the night was stormy. On the lake it was
reported very severe, causing a heavy sea and more or less
disasters to the shipping. Prop. MENDOTA arrived yesterday with
a tow of lumber barges, looking the worse for the storm. The
barge NELLIE McGILVRA lost her deck load of lumber, and was waterlogged. With the tow was a new canal boat loaded with lumber, which was built at Saginaw for Mr. Crostwaite of this city, and intended for the Erie Canal. The tow line parted and the MENDOTA was compelled to abandon her with her crew to take their chances thus afloat on Lake Erie. The crew, however, were soon taken off by the prop. CHICAGO. One at a time were drawn through the water and got safely aboard the propeller by means of a heaving line. The tow were off Conneaut when the tow line parted. The tug FRANK PEREW has gone in search of the canal boat.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      September 20, 1872 3-3

Barge NELLIE McGILVRA. U. S. No. 52856. Of 427.60 gross tons. Home port, Cleveland.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885
Barge NELLIE McGILVRAY. Of 427 tons. Built at Black Rock by H. Williams in 1870. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. REMARKS -- Scow Botton. To be repaired.
      Association of Lake Underwriters
      Vessel Classification, 1876

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Reason: waterlogged
Lives: nil
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.454166 Longitude: -81.121388
William R. McNeil
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Nellie McGilvery (Barge), U52856, waterlogged, 18 Sep 1872