A Perilous Night On The Lake. - We learn that the schooner, S.J. HOLLY, Captain Oscar Haynes, which came in during the gale, Saturday afternoon, experienced a perilous time on the lake. She left the canal Friday night, and off Devil's Nose, about 25 miles from Charlotte, the wind was blowing stiff, and growing to a gale. The captain of the vessel concluded that his only hope of safety lay in reaching still water, and for that purpose he made toward the north shore, but failed in getting into an easy sea.
The night was pitch dark, the wind howlike like a thousand demons across the waters, and the vessel labored heavily, shipping tremendous seas, at every lunge. The ropes and chains froze stiff, and the schooner became unmanageable. In that condition she beat about till daylight, when a man was sent to the mast-head, and discovered they were off Sodus Point. The only thing then possible was to run for Oswego. The only canvas out was a two reef foresail and that was frozen so it could not get up nor down, and although the rudder was still manageable, the attempt seemed hopeless.
In this almost helpless condition, the schooner drove on before the gale, and succeeded in making the harbor about 4 p.m., having lost her boat, and sustained serious damage to her cargo. The crew of the HOLLEY are loud in their praise of the crew, sagacious conduct of Captain Haynes, under perils, which some of them who have spent their lives on the lakes, say they never experienced before. To his good judgment, and firm management, they attribute their deliverance from the hungry waves, which many times seem to threaten inevitable destruction. Captain Haynes is a comparatively young man, but seems to be old in matters pertaining to navigation.
Oswego Advertiser & Times
Tues., December 3, 1867
Schooner SAMUEL J. HOLLEY. U. S. No. 22391. Of 230.50 tons. Home port, Detroit, Mich.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1969