The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Mon., Nov. 18, 1872


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Narrow Escape of the Schooner Acontias From Going Ashore - Rescued in a Sinking Condition. - The schooner Acontias, Captain Gotham, cleared from this port last night about nine o'clock, bound for Detroit, laden with railroad a pig iron, with a fair prospect of making a good run to the canal, but when she was opposite Little Sodus, the wind veered to the southwest and came in puffs, one of which carried away her jibboom.

Knowing it was impossible to work up the lake without a jibboom, the vessel was put about to return to this port, which she made about two o'clock this morning, and was taken in tow by the tug Morey. The tow line was not properly fastened on board of the tug and it slipped and rendered until the vessel was inside of the piers when it got away from the tug entirely.

The strong current of the river carried the vessel out into the lake again, and before the tug could get to her, she was drifting along down the East Pier pounding on the bottom and against the pier. To save the vessel from drifting on to the beach behind the Fort, a short distance below, a seaman jumped on the pier with a line and fastened it to a spile, which held her until the tug got around in position, when she was towed back into the harbor leaking badly.

She was taken inside of the West Pier near Goble & Macfarlane's dock, and sank in about ten feet of water. A steam pump will be put to work today to raise the vessel, after which she will go into the drydock for repairs. With the heavy seas rolling in at the time, the vessel was fortunate in getting away from the pier and not sinking there.


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Date of Original:
Mon., Nov. 18, 1872
Local identifier:
GLN.2951
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
Richard Palmer
Copyright Statement:
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Mon., Nov. 18, 1872