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C. Y. Richmond (Schooner), U4275, aground, 24 Nov 1870

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On Monday morning the schr. CHARLES Y. RICHMOND, of Buffalo, with 6 men and a woman on board, was discovered stuck on the rocks off the lower point at Dunkirk, where she had been driven by the late gale the night before. Several attempts were made to reach her in boats, but the sea ran so high it was found impossible. A number of citizens of Dunkirk offered a bounty of $500 to anyone who would go out to the schooner in a boat. After one or 2 ineffectual attempts, the captain of the schr. F. L. JONES, Joseph Rhodes and Joseph Wyck, succeeded in getting out to the schooner in a life boat, and carrying a line to her. Another boat was drawn from the shore to the schooner, in which those on board embarked, and were drawn toward the shore. When near the beach the boat capsized, and the occupants were cast into the surf. They were promptly rescued in an exhausted condition. The schooner was loaded with limestone for Geo. Abell of Dunkirk. The bounty was offered
by Messrs. Colman, Popple, Sookstaves and others.
      Erie Daily Dispatch
      November 4, 1870 4-7

The schr. CHARLES Y. RICHMOND which got aground in this harbor some 4 or 5 weeks ago, recently went ashore at Dunkirk, and is now a total loss.
      Conneaut Reporter
      November 24, 1870

NOTE -- Supposedly relocated by fishermen in 1900.
      . . . . .

      What is believed by vessel men to be the long sought-after wreck of the steamer DEAN RICHMOND has been located by Frederick Dorier and two companions 500 feet off Battery Point, east of Dunkirk. The wreck lies in deep water and the site has been marked. The DEAN RICHMOND foundered off Dunkirk, Oct. 13, 1892, with the loss of all hands. The underwriters spent much money trying to find the ship, owing to her valuable cargo, but the expeditions found no trace of her. The finders expect a large sum for salvage.
      Detroit Free Press
      September 26, 1900
      Buffalo, Sept. 29. -- Lawrence W. Quick, of Dunkirk, says that the hull recently discovered in the lake off Battery Park is not that of the lost steamer DEAN RICHMOND, but of the barge F. S. RICHMOND (sic) which sunk on November 1, 1870. She had a cargo of stone. The hull will not be raised.
      Detroit Free Press
      September 30, 1900

Schooner C.Y. RICHMOND. U. S. No. 4275. Of 170.07 tons gross. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1869

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Reason: aground
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.4795 Longitude: -79.33393
William R. McNeil
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C. Y. Richmond (Schooner), U4275, aground, 24 Nov 1870