The Comanche Ashore
At Pillar Point, Near Sackets Harbor
Ill luck seems to have followed the schooner Comanche of this port for several years. She has been sunk in the Welland canal and after she had been repaired a long litigation between her owners, Messrs. Quonce and Becker, and the insurance companies, followed. A few nights since while bound to Ogdensburg from the Welland canal with a load of wheat she was struck by a squall and lost both her masts, jibboom and rigging and was otherwise badly damaged. She finally managed to reach this port, and remained till about 11 a.m. on Saturday last when she left for Ogdensburg in tow of the tug Ferris, Captain Charles Ferris.
Early yesterday morning a telegraph was received here from Sackets harbor stating that the tug and vessel were ashore at Pillar Point, a short distance from that village. Later it was learned that the tug had been worked off and had gone to Sackets. The vessel was reported full of water and it was also said that she had been abandoned.
The Comanche was built at this city in 1867 by James Navagh and registered 306 tons burden; she was rated A 2 1/2 and valued at $6,000, and insured for that amount.
A special from Sackets Harbor to this paper says that the captain of the tug Ferris says he cannot give any description of the Comanche. His tug is disabled and he has not heard from the vessel since leaving her somewhere on the shore in a snow storm. Capt. Peter Cronley will arrive in Oswego this evening and give full particulars as far as he knows.
A man named Tucker, living at Point Peninsula was drowned yesterday while assisting the crew of the Comanche to leave the schooner. Capt. William Becker, who sailed the Comanche and was part owner, resided in Pulaski. he was regarded as a competent navigator. His friends sympathize with him in his misfortune.
Mr. Albert Quonce, one of the owners of the Comanche, went to Sackets Harbor this afternoon. It is said that, the schooner's freight list was secured.