The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Catharines Constitutional (St. Catharines, ON), January 30, 1856

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Marine Disasters For 1855

The Buffalo Express publishes in detail, making three and a half columns in that paper, the annual report of marine losses upon the western lakes for 1855. The report has been prepared with much labor and care by Capt. D.P. Dobbins, General Inspector for the Board Of Lake Underwriters. It is probably as near correct as it is possible to make such a document, but, Capt. Dobbins thinks the losses rather under than over-rated. The details are of much interest to commercial readers, and regret our inability to publish the list entire. The aggregate losses of life and property are much larger than we had supposed, during the past season. They foot up as follows, compared with the proceeding year:

Total loss of property in 1855$2,831,599
" " "18542,187,815
Total loss of life in1855119
" " "1854118
Decrease in18551

Of the six hundred and three disasters detailed, two occurred in the month of January, two in February, two in March, eight in April, forty-five in May, thirty-seven in June, thirty-five in July, twenty-five in August, seventy-four in September, one hundred sixty-nine in October, one hundred and forty-three in November, twenty-six in December, and thirty-five dates not given. - Total 603

Three Steamers, seven Propellers, six Barques, thirty eight Brigs, three Schooners and one Tug have gone out of existence during the year - making a total of 58.

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Peter Warwick
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St. Catharines Constitutional (St. Catharines, ON), January 30, 1856