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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Oct. 19, 1820

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Shipwreck. - The schooner Asp, commanded by Capt. Prosser, of Niagara, was capsized in a gale, the 11th inst. on the Lake, off Long Point on the Canada side and drifted on the bar at Salmon River. The vessel had eleven persons on board, mostly passengers - their names unknown to us. It was freighted with lumber, and bound for Kingston. It is supposed that the captain was imprudent, in pressing too much sail at the time the accident occurred, which was undoubtedly the means of serious consequences. The vessel was upset! A melancholy scene immediately presented itself to the unfortunate victims of a watery grave! The affrighted persons flew to the cabin, and were almost instantly overwhelmed by the dashing of the waves. The captain was washed overboard and drowned; his body was found buried in the sand on shore. But two of the persons on board, a lady and gentleman, were saved alive.

We have not learned all the particulars concerning this disastrous event.

Wreck of the Schooner Asp

We learn that during the dreadful gale of the 11th. inst the schooner ASP, from Niagara, laden with staves, was driven ashore and wrecked in Mexico Bay, near Oswego, and that of the eleven persons on board, only two succeeded in reaching the shore. Two or three American vessels were also stranded at the same time, but without the loss of any lives.

(extract of a letter, dated Cobourg the 12th. inst)
Kingston Chronicle
October 20, 1820

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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Oct. 19, 1820