The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), December 6, 1867 (Friday)

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LOSS OF THE CARTHAGENIAN. - The Oswego Commercial Advertiser of Saturday evening gives the following details of the loss of this vessel at that point:

The schooner Carthagenian, Captain Amasa Stowell, made this port last night, about 9 o'clock, under light canvas, and wind blowing hard. When about one mile from port, the gale carried away her bowsprit, and the efforts of the crew to wear or steer were ineffectual, owing to her headgear being under bottom. The vessel drifted away before the wind, and went on the rocks off the headland at Baldwin's Bay, about a mile and a half below the harbor. She struck about 10 rods from shore, the sea pounding her terribly, and making all attempts of the crew to get to land utterly hopeless. The cabin left the schooner about 3 a.m., and the hold filled with water, driving the crew on deck, where they sought shelter as best they might, behind the wet and frozen canvas. About 8 o'clock this morning she was discovered by people on shore, and word was immediately sent to the city, and a life-boat asked for. A boat was got out under the supervision of Captain Reuben Johnson, harbor master, and pulled to the east side, where it was loaded on a wagon and taken to the scene of the disaster. At this point there is a steep bluff shore, about 75 feet high, and the boat was lowered over this with a rope to the beach.

An immense crowd had now gathered, and the boat was manned by a crew consisting of the following: Captain R. Johnson, Mr. David Smith, Captain Peter Cromley, Captain John Tyler, Captain Samuel Moran, Captain Joel Turner, Mr. Stephen Meacham, mate of the steamer Corsican, Mr. Joshua Jones, of the brig Dousman, which came in last night. The boat was successfully launched under the supervision of Captain Robert Hayes, and putting out boldly through the surf, reached the vessel's side in safety, and brought off the officers and crew, consisting of Capt. Amasa Stowell,John Preston, first mate, Wm. Preston, second mate, and John Featherstonehaugh, H. Cadet, James Roxbury, Peter Cunningham, John Pelond, and a man known as "Codger," composing the crew.

The men's clothes were completely saturated with water, and they were nearly frozen from their long exposure to the wet and cold. They were immediately put in carriages and taken to their homes.

The Carthagenian is owned by Lyon & Finney, is insured for $16,000, and will prove a total loss. She cleared from Chicago on the 14th last, with 87,080 bush wheat, consigned to C. C. Morton. This will also prove a total loss. The cargo is insured, but for what amount we are unable to learn.

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This is an especially exciting account of a wreck which occurred on  
Lake Ontario. Of particular interest is the list of volunteer professional seamen who went to the wreck to rescue their fellow sailors. Thanks to Dick Palmer for letting me step into his journalistic bailiwick with this article.
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December 6, 1867 (Friday)
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), December 6, 1867 (Friday)