Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Owego (Propeller), U18926, aground, 29 Nov 1867
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A dispatch from Dunkirk to Mr. S.D. Caldwell this morning says: "The prop. OWEGO is ashore just above Van Buren Pt., west of Dunkirk. She is full of water and pounding badly on the rocks. We have sent a life boat upon a wagon, and will try to get out to her and save the crew."
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      December 1, 1867 3-3

      OWEGO, (18926 U. S.) propeller of 483 tons, built 1853 at Cleveland. First home port, Buffalo. Stranded November 29, 1867 at Van Buren, N. Y. 5 lives lost.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      1790 - 1868 Lytle - Holdcamper List

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      Dunkirk, Nov. 30.
      The propeller OWEGO was ashore at Van Buren Point, near Dunkirk on the 30th. A number of citizens with crew of the bark GEM went with life boat on a wagon to save the crew. After leaving the GEM, she broke loose from the dock and grounded heavily. No cargo.
      Dunkirk, Dec. 1
      Seven of the OWEGO's crew attempted to land yesterday afternoon, but the boat capsized, and Orrin Philips, (the engineer,) Wm. Johnson, Wm. Davis, Samuel Johnson, and one other (name unknown) were drowned. The two mates were saved.
The remainder of the crew were saved this morning.
      Erie Daily Dispatch
      Monday, December 2, 1867

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      Dunkirk, Nov. 30. -- The propeller OWEGO is ashore this morning, five miles above. A number of citizens, with the crew of the bark GEM, have gone with a life boat on a wagon, to save the crew. After they left the GEM broke loose from her dock and grounded heavily. She had no cargo.
      Toledo Blade
      December 1, 1867

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MARINE DISASTER. -- Propeller OWEGO Ashore and a Total Loss. -- At noon today we learned by a telegram to W. Bullard, Agent, that the Prop. OWEGO, of the Erie Line, went ashore last night four or five miles west of Dunkirk. The dispatch stated that she was full of water, pounding heavily and going to pieces. Another dispatch received by shippers of grain on the OWEGO, stated that she would prove a total loss.
The OWEGO was commanded by Captain Drake and cleared from this port on Thursday afternoon for Buffalo with a full cargo, consisting of 340 bbls flour, 5,740 bu oats, 5,500 bu corn, 100 bbls tallow and sundries. The cargo is insured in local companies.
When we went to press nothing had been heard concerning those on board the ill-fated steamer, and it is inferred that Capt. Drake and his crew are safe.
      Toledo Blade
      December 1, 1867

The schooner MARIA RAHILL arrived at Buffalo a few days since with the machinery of the propeller OWEGO, wrecked near Dunkirk last fall.
      Chicago Tribune
      Wednesday, September 2, 1868

      The wreck of the propeller OWEGO, which has lain over a year beached above Dunkirk, was set on fire yesterday and totally consumed.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      March 25, 1869 p.3 c.2

      The wreck of the prop. OWEGO, which has lain over a year beached above Dunkirk, was set on Fire on Thursday (3/25), and was totally consumed.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      March 31, 1869 3-4

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Reason: aground
Lives: 5
Remarks: Total loss
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.45284 Longitude: -79.41671
William R. McNeil
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Owego (Propeller), U18926, aground, 29 Nov 1867