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Bridgewater (Bark), gale damage, 22 Oct 1866

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BARK BRIDGEWATER. - The bark BRIDGEWATER, bound from Chicago to this port, during the severe gale of Monday night, when about 20 miles above Long Point, snapped her fore-top mast short off, carrying with it her spars, sails rigging, &c., breaking off her jibboom and losing her anchor. The strong gale was driving her rapidly ashore, when, to avoid this, it became necessary to let go the other anchor; the wind suddenly veering round, the captain was obliged to slip the cable, and thus lost the second anchor and chain. The BRIDGEWATER worked down some distance towards this port, where she was met by the tugs C.W. EVANS and J.R. GREEN, who towed her safely into harbor. Her damages altogether will cost a pretty round sum. We will give further particulars hereafter.
      Buffalo Republic & Times
      Wednesday, October 24, 1866

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Reason: gale damage
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.555833 Longitude: -80.197222
William R. McNeil
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Bridgewater (Bark), gale damage, 22 Oct 1866