The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Monday, Sept. 27, 1875

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Schooner Kate Kelly Ashore

About one o'clock this morning, the schooner Kate Kelly, Captain Robert Hayes, light from Kingston, drifted on to the beach about 100 feet east of the east pier and was driven by the seas high up on the shore beneath the fort - The wind, which had been fresh from the northwest all day yesterday, died away about midnight and then shifted around to the southwest, from which point it was faintly issuing when the Kelly tried to make the port.

The seas were running high and soon after the vessel passed the beacon light she encountered a slight breeze dead ahead, which stopped her and left her at the mercy of the waves. There was not wind enough to turn her about so she could stand out to sea again, and she drifted rapidly, carried by the huge waves to the beach, where she struck broadside to. She pounded heavily until after day light, when the waves subsided to some extent, and this morning showed signs of rough usage. The crew landed safely by means of a line from the vessel to a loaded car on the Rome & Oswego road. *

Whether the vessel will be released or not is a question for wreckers. Her back is broken amidships; her decks are sprung about the centre board box; there is a large hole in her bottom amidships and she rests on several hard heads. The Kelly was built at Tonawanda by Martell in 1867, received large repairs in 1870, rated A 2 with a dash and measured 280 tons. She is owned by C. A. Parker, E. W. Greene and Captain Robert Hayes of this city, and is insured for $12,000, $4,000 each in the Mercantile and Buffalo, Mollison, Hastings & Dowdle, agents, $2,000 in the Mechanics' and Traders', T. Martin, agent, and $2,000 in the Inland Union, Faulkner & Warren, agents.

Captain Hayes stripped the schooner this forenoon, preparatory to abandoning her to the insurance companies. This afternoon about three o'clock the tug Crusader commenced pulling on the vessel, but with what success we did not learn in time for today's paper. The wind and waves are increasing at this writing and the prospects are good for the vessel bleaching on the shore.

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*Oswego & Rome Railroad
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Monday, Sept. 27, 1875
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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Monday, Sept. 27, 1875