Portions of a Vessel's Cabin and Cabin Furniture Found on the Beach at Coe's Landing
- What is the Name of the Ill-Fated Craft?
There can no longer be a doubt that there has been a shipwreck on Lake Ontario below this port and that a large schooner has gone down to the bottom, doubtless carrying with her the crew. Soon after the Palladium, containing information of the finding of portions of a wreck at Coe's Landing, six miles below this port, was issued, the news spread like wildfire, and a thousand idle guesses were afloat in a short time. This morning Dr. E. A. Mattoon, who was out of town last night, drove to the place where the wreck was discovered to satisfy himself whether it belonged to the steam barge Ellsworth or not - idle rumor having been busy during the night associating the wreck with the steam barge. About noon Dr. Mattoon returned to town, (soon after the telegram had been received that the Ellsworth passed Ogdensburg Tuesday all right,) bringing a panel from the ill-fasted vessel. The panel is grained in imitation of white oak, the frame painted dark brown, and is from the inside of a vessel's cabin. The wood is new and dry and the paint is fresh. The piece may be seen at this office.
Dr. Mattoon says that he saw on the beach near Coe's landing, sections of cabin doors and side paneling, six whole doors with hinges that project three inches, piece of cabin scuttle, canvass covering of the cabin deck, painted a bluish white, part of the cabin deck, window sash - oval top, two pails, a bed, piece of washstand, part of bedstead, two large capstan bars, a section of one of the hatches marked "AVII. " The farmers told Dr. Mattoon that an oar had been found and that wheat had washed ashore at several places. it is evident that the schooner was a large one, grain laden. The mark on the hatch shows that the vessel must have had four hatchways. We do not know of any large vessel overdue here. The panel will be kept here for identification and sailors are invited to inspect it.