The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Mon., Nov. 1, 1880

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Wrecked At Her Destination
The Schr. Tranchemontagne Ashore on the New Pier, and a Total Loss

The schooner Tranchemontagne of Brighton, Ont., went ashore on the new pier yesterday morning at daybreak, and was literally reduced to kindling wood, and her remains strewed the shore, where throughout the day hundreds of men, women and children were gathering the wreckage. Her cargo was 7,200 bushels of rye from Brighton for Smith, Murdock & Co.

George Sherwood, captain and owner, makes the following statement:

"We came along without incident till about a quarter of a mile from the Oswego light, when we were hit by a back sea and the vessel sagged down on the pier in spite of all we could do. She struck at 2:30 a.m., bow on, and swung around broadside to. The crew jumped on to the pier. There were five men and a woman, and they were taken off by the lifesaving crew.

"The vessel's papers were saved and some little bedding. The crew lost everything. The lifesaving crew were very prompt. I think it was not over fifteen minutes after we struck the pier before Capt. Blackburn and crew were on hand. The shipwrecked crew were taken to the life station and made comfortable.

"The tug Dana was also on hand promptly and did everything that was possible to rescue us. We are very grateful for such prompt assistance. The vessel was insured to cover a debt against her, and was worth about $5,000. She was an old vessel, having been built at Quebec about fifteen years ago, and rebuilt about two years since."

The register says the Tranchemontague was built in 1864, hailed from Montreal and was owned by Rathbun & Son of Mill Point. She classed B 1. She is not valued on the register, but is said to be worth about $4,500. her cargo was insured.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Mon., Nov. 1, 1880