Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Commerce (Schooner), aground, 1 Oct 1831
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On Tuesday last (says the Buffalo Patriot), we experienced a strong gale from the N. E. accompanied with rain. Several of the steam boats were in the upper part of the lake, and were in great danger; but finally escaped without material damage, and without the loss of any of the lives on board. --- The sloop OLIVE BRANCH, from hence to Ashtabula, was lost at the mouth of Grand River --- crew saved. The cargo consisting of merchandize valued at several thousand dollars, was owned by Messrs. Wm. & James Wade, of Ashtabula, and wholly lost.
      The schooner MARSHALL, of Conneaut, was discovered on the 1st. of October, off Erie, on her beam ends. She was navigated by five men, who are supposed to be lost.
      WRECK. - On Tuesday last (says the Hamilton Free Press), the schooner COMMERCE, from Oswego, was driven aground on Burlington Beach, opposite the farm of Mr. Wm. Lottridge, with a full cargo of salt &c., and merchandize, principally belonging to merchants of this town and Dundas. The salt -- about 650 barrels -- we regret to state, is entirely damaged and the merchandize damaged or destroyed. We hear that no blame can be attached to Capt. Lucas, who on account of the severity of the gale, was unable to make any harbour.
      The Hallowell Free Press
      November 1, 1831

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: merchandise, salt
Remarks: Got off
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William R. McNeil
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Commerce (Schooner), aground, 1 Oct 1831