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McGilvray (Schooner), U52856, aground, 1 Nov 1874

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The latest advices report that the barge DETROIT, of the NEW YORK's tow, ashore near Pt. Abino, has gone to pieces and the McGILVRA is breaking up. It is thought that the schr. WEBER will do likelwise.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 6, 1874 3-5

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      During the gale of Thursday night the barge T.M. RYAN, which went ashore at pt. Abino last fall, together with the McGILVRAY, ORTON and one other, was completely broken to pieces by the wind and ice and is now scattered all along the shore. The McGILVRAY and ORTON which were all blocked and ready for launching, were forced off and carried higher up on the beach.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 1, 1875 3-6

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      The barge ORTON, stranded at Pt. Abino is now reported in a better position for launching than she was before the late storm, which knocked her off the ways and drove her further in shore. She is ready for launching, and work has been commenced on the McGILVRAY.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 10, 1875 3-6

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      The barges ORTON and McGILVRAY, stranded on the beach at Pt. Abino, have again been blocked up and will be launched as soon as the accumulation of ice on the beach disappears. Mr. Rush, the contractor, says the boats were nearly floated off the blocks a second time by the gale Tuesday, but the ice along the beach broke the force of the waves and saved them.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 14, 1875 3-5

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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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.836111 Longitude: -79.095277
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McGilvray (Schooner), U52856, aground, 1 Nov 1874