The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Dreadful Shipwreck
Geneva Palladium (Geneva, NY), Nov. 6, 1822

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From the Sacket's Harbor Republican, Oct. 18.

DREADFUL SHIPWRECK - Loss of the Schr. Appelona, W. Merrill. - This vessel left Oswego on the evening of the 14th inst. , partly laden with pot-ashes, salt, and about 16 tons of salt ballast, bound to Genesee; about half past 10 P. M. Oswego light bearing E. S. E. 18 or 20 miles distant, and about 16 miles from land, the schr. lying to under a close reef'd fore sail, and a heavy squall rising from the west, the vessel was struck by lightning, the master and crew on deck all knocked down, the tiller, rudder head, binnacle, windlass, bulkhead, cabin stairs, all shattered to pieces; then the lightning stove the pumps, potash and salt barrels, and went out of the larboard side, tearing off a streak of plank about a foot below the water's edge; we then prepared the boat, and five in number got in, and the vessel sunk in fifteen minutes from the time she was struck. The first sea that came, filled the boat half full of water; the wind blowing N. W. with a heavy combing sea, kept her before it, and in about an hour before day, landed 13 miles below Oswego. The master was very much injured in his sight and hearing, but is fast recovering.

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.3573046595393 Longitude: -76.7463684082031
Richard Palmer
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Dreadful Shipwreck