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W. O. Brown (Schooner), U26915, sunk by collision, 1 Sep 1865

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LOSS OF THE SCHOONER Wm. O. BROWN. -- The schooner WILLIAM O. BROWN, from Buffalo, collided on Monday night, with the bark A.P. NICHOLS, three miles from Bar Point, on Lake Erie, and sunk in about 24 feet of water. She had aboard a cargo of coal and pig iron. Crew saved. Insured for $15,000 and owned by Wm. O. Brown, Esq., of Buffalo. We understand her cargo was insured in the Phoenix Insurance Company.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      September 27, 1865

      IN SEARCH OF LOST FREIGHT. - The steamer MAGNET has gone to the wreck of the schooner W.O. BROWN, which has been sunk below Bar Point, if possible, to recover her cargo, which, as is supposed, lies undisturbed on board of her. The BROWN was sunk by collision with the Bark A.P. NICHOLS in September last, and was freighted with 380 tons of coal and 125 tons of pig iron. The latter commodity it is thought can be readily recovered. The effort will be made to raise the vessel, repair her, and put her once more into commission. - Detroit Free Press.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      July 17, 1866

      GONE A WRECKING. - The wrecking steamer MAGNET, Capt. J.P. Hodges, left yesterday on another visit to the sunken schooner W.O. BROWN, below Bar Point, Lake Erie, for the purpose of recovering more of the lost cargo, consisting of pig iron. This vessel is now in a position to be immediately raised, and as soon as the remainder of the iron is taken out, there will be no difficulty in effecting such a result. - Detroit Free Press, Aug. 1.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      August 3, 1866

      SCHOONER Wm. O. BROWN. - This vessel and cargo which sunk last season on Bar Point, has been purchased by John P. Clark. Workmen have been engaged about seven weeks in driving piles around her for a lifting purchase, the water being too shoal for the approach of lighters. As soon as she is sufficiently lifted she will be temporarily repaired, to enable her to reach the dry dock of Mr. Clark, when she is to be metamorphosed into a new vessel. - Detroit Free Press, 9th.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      September 12, 1866

      WRECKING. - The wrecking steamer RELIEF has been engaged for some days in taking the cargo out of the schooner W.O. BROWN, sunk below Bar Point, Lake Erie, and thus far has been very successful in the undertaking. The iron has all been secured, and two or three tons of coal, one of which was being discharged here yesterday. Another effort will secure the remainder, when it is anticipated there will be no difficulty in raising the vessel and bring her into port. The work of raising the vessel thus far has been a tedious one, but the value of the property will amply reward the parties who made the purchase. - Detroit Free Press, 26th.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Friday, September 28, 1866

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      SCHOONER W.O. BROWN. - This vessel, sunk last year by collision, has been finally raised, and is now in Clark's dry dock for repairs. The work of raising her was placed in the hands of Mr. George Marsh, of Boston, Mass., an experienced wrecker, who has recently purchased the wrecking tug RELIEF for such purposes. A short time since, the process of taking from the BROWN her cargo of iron and coal was entered upon, which occupied several days, but was occasionally interrupted by bad weather. The cargo once out, between sixty and seventy empty casks were then submerged into the vessels hold, and inflated by means of apparatus adapted for that purpose. When this was effected, the vessel floated immediately to the surface in quick time, and was then towed here without difficulty. She is in good condition, and will require no great expense to make one of the finest vessels on the lakes. She is owned by J.P. Clark, who purchased her not long after she sunk. - Detroit Free Press, 10th.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Friday, October 12, 1866

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The schr. W.O. BROWN left yesterday on her first trip of the season. Some 2 years since she was run down in Lake Erie by collision with another vessel, having on board a cargo of coal. The wreck was subsequently raised by J.P. Clark, of this city, and taken to his dock for partial reconstruction, which work has been most faithfully carried out; and the BROWN today is as good a vessel as when first launched. The entire outfit is new and of the very best material, and the vessel of the same rig as formerly. - Free Press, 13.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      September 16, 1867 6-2
      Schooner WILLIAM O. BROWN. U. S. No. 26915. Of 306.98 tons. Home port, Chicago, Ill.
      Merchant vessel List, U. S., 1871

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W. O. Brown (Schooner), U26915, sunk by collision, 1 Sep 1865