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City of Milwaukee (Bark), U4276, overboard, 29 Oct 1866

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A BUFFALO SAILOR DROWNED. - The Milwaukee Sentinel of the 5th has the following: Silas Meyers, a young man aged 18 years, was lost overboard from the bark CITY OF MILWAUKEE on the 29th, ult., while that vessel was crossing Saginaw Bay. He was out on the fore-yard with five others, engaged in taking in sail, when a sudden pitch of the vessel caused him to lose his footing, and he fell into the lake. The crew sprang into the small boat, which was lowered away, but had barely reached the water ere it was driven against the bark by a huge wave and crushed to atoms -- three of the crew narrowly escaped the fate of the comrade whom they were attempting to rescue. Young Meyers was not seen after he struck the water. His parents reside at Black Rock, Buffalo. The colors of the bark were set at half-mast yesterday as a token of respect to the memory of the deceased.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Thursday, November 8, 1866

Bark CITY OF MILWAUKEE. U. S. No. 4276. Of 316.33 tons. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871

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Reason: overboard
Lives: 1
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.75002 Longitude: -83.66664
William R. McNeil
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City of Milwaukee (Bark), U4276, overboard, 29 Oct 1866