The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Dreadful Shipwreck
Cleveland Herald (Cleveland, OH), 14 Nov 1822, p. 2, column 4

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Sackett's Harbor, Oct. 11.


Loss of the schr. Appolona. W. Merrit, master. This vessel left Oswego on the evening of the 14th inst. partly laden with pot ashes, salt, and about 16 tons of stone ballast, bound to Genesee. About half past 10, P.M., Oswego light bearing E.S.E. 18 or 20 miles distant, and about 16 miles from land, the schr. lying to under close reef'd foresail, in a heavy squall rising from the west, the vessel was struck by lightning - the master and crew on deck all knocked down, the tiller rudder head, binacle, windlass, bulk-head, cabin stairs, all shattered to pieces; then the lightning stove the pumps, potash, and salt barrels, and went out the larboard side, tearing off a streak of plank about a foot below the water's edge; we then prepared the boat, and five in number got in, and the vessel sunk in fifteen minutes from the time she was struck; the first sea that came, filled the boat half full of water, the wind blowing NW with a heavy combing sea, kept her before it, and about an hour before day, landed 13 miles below Oswego. The master was very much injured in his sight and hearing, but is fast recovering.

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14 Nov 1822
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Merrit, W.
Richard J. Wright Marine Collection, HCGL, BGSU
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Geographic Coverage:
  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.5290746010566 Longitude: -76.7315998535156
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Dreadful Shipwreck