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 Post subject: The sinking of the SS Griffith on 17 JUN 1850
Unread postPosted: December 10, 2018, 8:07 pm 

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During the night of 17 JUN 1850 after departing from Buffalo, New York, the SS Griffith caught fire and sank in about 7 1/2 feet of water about 40 rods from shore. Of the reported 356 souls on board, only about 30 to 40 survived. According to information most likely obtained from your web site, names of about 12 are known. Not listed was a 17 year old Irish Immigrant, Samuel Cooper, who was a strong swimmer. According to family stories, Sam saved many lives by swimming with people on his back or under one arm, taking them to shore and then swimming out for another load.
My question is how can one access the ship's manifest to search for the names of people who did not survive? I am searching for people with the surname of Hingston! About 30 days after the sinking of the Griffith, several people named Hingston were buried the same day in Canada. Could these Hingstons have been on board the Griffith? The Cooper and Hingston families were related and both lived in Canada. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.


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