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Correspondent (Schooner), aground, 30 Oct 1878

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      A special dispatch to the Commercial from Dunkirk this morning says: The schr. CORRESPONDENT of Cleveland, Capt. Lynn, loaded with limestone for Dunkirk, went on the old breakwall last night and swamped. The seas are making a clean sweep of her, and she is likely to go to pieces. Capt. Thomas Maytham of this city left for Dunkirk on the train this morning to see what could be done for the vessel. She is said to be in 13 fathoms of water. The CORRESPONDENT is owned by John Greening of Cleveland.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 31, 1878 3-5

      Capt. Tom Maytham returned from Dunkirk last night and reports the schr. CORRESPONDENT as going to pieces. She lies across the channel, completely blocking the entrance to the harbor. Vessel and cargo are uninsured.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 1, 1878 3-5

      Our Dunkirk correspondent informs us that the schr. CORRESPONDENT, Capt. Lynn, laden with limestone for Abell & Co., of Dunkirk, in trying to make this port last Wednesday evening (10/30) missed the channel and went broadside on the old breakwater. A line was carried to the dummy and they succeeded in working her off. She failed to get underway and was soon swamped. She now lies broadside to the waves, which are making a clear sweep over her. Unless the seas go down soon, she will go to pieces. She is a good vessel and was built in 1856. Her owner is Mr. Greening, values her at $7,000. Capt. Thomas Maytham left here for Dunkirk yesterday morning to see what could be done.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      November 1, 1878 1-7

      The schr. CORRESPONDENT which was wrecked at Dunkirk on Wednesday, carried no insurance and will most likely prove a total loss.
      Cleveland Herald
      November 2, 1878

      Capt. Thomas Maytham returned from Dunkirk on Thursday (10/31) night and reports the schr. CORRESPONDENT as lying across the channel, completely blocking the entrance to the harbor at that place. She is going to pieces rapidly.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      November 2, 1878 1-7

      A letter from A.H. Abell & Co. of Dunkirk, to Becker & Henderson, of this city, says that the Buffalo papers are mistaken about the schr. CORRESPONDENT blocking the channel to Dunkirk Harbor. There are 120 ft. clear forward of the sunken vessel, which is room enough for any vessel to enter, though it is not safe for a vessel to attempt passage in the night.
      Cleveland Herald
      November 5, 1878

      Notice to Mariners - Office of Lighthouse Inspector: Buffalo, N. Y. 11/9/1878
      Vessel entering Dunkirk harbor should pass between the wreck of the schooner recently sunk at the mouth of the harbor, and the night beacon. The former should be passed close to avoid a sunken crib at the base of the night beacon. The wreck lies athwart the channel, directly between the 2 beacons with low towards the night beacon. The masts and bowsprits are still standing, when these go a spar bouy, painted black, will be placed to mark the position of the bow until the wreck can be removed.
      W.R. Bridgman
      Com'der U.S.A. Lighthouse Inspectpor, 10th District
      Buffalo Morning Express
      November 11, 1878 1-7

      A schooner, the CORRESPONDENT, lies in the channel of Dunkirk harbor waiting for something to turn up. The season was passed and the owners think it more profitable to have the Government raise the vessel as an obstruction than to put their own money into the resurection - Erie Dispatch.
      Cleveland Herald
      November 30, 1878

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $7,000
Freight: stone
Remarks: Total loss
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.4795 Longitude: -79.33393
William R. McNeil
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Correspondent (Schooner), aground, 30 Oct 1878