The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 9, 1850

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p.2 Sad Disaster and Loss of Life - The schooner Neptune, Capt. Hunter, owned we believe at Dexter, and manned from that port, was lost between this place and Oswego, on Saturday morning last, during the severe blow and all hands are supposed to be lost. She left Oswego early Saturday morning, heavy laden with merchandize, mostly for this port, and when about twenty miles out, she was seen no more and must have gone down. The Schr. D.W. Church came out about an hour after the N. left, and saw a yawl boat with 4 or 5 men in it, but for reasons not fully explained, came on without rendering them any assistance. We learn that the boat and some other things belonging to the ill-fated schr., drifted ashore, but the crew have not been heard of, and must have found a watery grave. We have not learned the names of the lost, beyond that of the Captain and his little boy, who was with him. The conduct of the Capt. of the Church is a subject of severe censure, and we hope there may be some extenuating circumstance to relieve him from the unenviable light to which so great a disregard of human life subjects him. It is said the Church was well manned and in good ballast, and might have hove to, or even beat back to the scene of the disaster, and in all probability, have saved the lives of those who were lost - but she came directly to this port bringing the first intelligence of their danger. Several of our merchants will suffer great losses by their goods being aboard. Mr. Robbins had his Groceries and heavy goods mostly on board. [Sacketts Harbor Observer]

Buffalo, Oct. 8th - The schooner Martha Frene, of Buffalo, came ashore this afternoon, about three miles below Barcelona Harbor. Two dead bodies were found on board, much bruised and mutilated. It is supposed all hands numbering probably 7 or 9 have perished. She was doubtless wrecked during yesterday's gale.

Kingston Imports.

Oct. 7th - Schr. Ardelia, Thorold, 7500 pipe staves, Calvin & Cook, 95 bbls. potash and 37 firkins butter, E. Hooker.

Schr. M. Taylor, Detroit, 3026 bbls. flour, D. McIntosh.

Str. Porcupine, Montreal, 1005 rails, Macpherson & Crane.

Str. Ontario, Rochester, gen. cargo.

Oct. 8th - Str. Cataract, Ogdensburgh, gen. cargo.


Oct. 8th - Str. Cataract, Oswego, passengers and baggage.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 9, 1850