The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), May 8, 1839

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Disastrous Event. - On Saturday morning last, the schr. Atlas, of Dexter, Jefferson county, oh her passage to this port with a cargo of stone from Chaumont, when within about two miles of our village, was seen to founder and sink beneath the waves. The wind at the time, was blowing fresh from the northwest, and the sea very rough. The steamer Telegraph, lying in port, was despatches as soon as the steam could be set up, to the spot where the vessel went down, but nothing was discovered except a pair of oars, a coat, two hats and a pair of boots, which were secured. Before the Telegraph left the harbor, a Canadian vessel coming in before the wind, had passed the place where the vessel disappeared, but nothing was discovered of her or the unfortunate persons on board. It is supposed that her cargo must have shifted by the action of the waves, and caused the schooner to go down so suddenly, as to carry the persons on board down with her.

The following are the names of the persons on board the Atlas: Ashel Westcott, of Brownville, Jefferson county, aged about 26; Ortha Little, of Hounsfield, Jefferson county, part owner of the schooner and a sailor on board, aged 48; William Ackerman of Brownville, a sailor, aged 19; John See, a sailor, aged 18; and Asa Davis of Chaumont, owner of the cargo, aged 30 years, son of Phineas Davis, of Mexico, in this county. His sudden and untimely death is a severe affliction to his bereaved parents, who , within the same week, were called to mourn the loss of a beloved daughter. All of the above persons, with the exception of Ackerman and See, were men of families. It has been reported that two females were on board the Atlas, but we have it from good authority that this is not correct.

Schr. ATLAS lost 1839.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), May 8, 1839