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Levona (Sloop), aground, 19 Nov 1846

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We copy the following additional particulars of the disasters of the storm from the Westfield Messenger, of Monday:-
Coroner Bliss, Deputy Walker and R.P. Johnson, Esq,. are actively engaged in rescuing the cargo of the HELEN STRONG from the lake and other depredations. The boat is now in three parts, and a considerable part of the cargo was washed out on Friday night, after the storm broke off. The engine will probably be saved.
Yesterday funeral obsequies were attended over four bodies which had been rescued from the lake, of sailors who had lost their lives in the gale of Thnrsday night. The bodies were of Capt.Tubbs, of the sloop LEVONA, and his son and of another boy, formally together, her the whole crew. They were from Conneaut. The other body was that of one of the hands of the OSCEOLA which was found about three miles above Barcelona. He is said to be from Maryland, but
we could not learn his name. He is the one who had the $60 tied in his pocket.
While these were starting from the church to the grave, the body of the cook of the OSCEOLA,(a colored man) was brought into the village, and we suppose will be buried today.
The schooner, which went ashore opposite Quincy, is the HORWICH of Cleveland, instead of the CLEVELAND, as stated before.
The crew of the OSCEOLA suffered intensely all night. They struck about ten o'clock, but could not get ashore, nor raise an alarm. Finding all hope of escaping from the wreck useless, the crew gathered around the mast that was standing (one having been lost) and awaited with painful anxiety their fate. The water was breaking over them and the wind was blowing freely, so that they soon became chilled. The cook at length could stand no longer and fell and died on the deck -- afterwards another gave out, and as he fell he piched into the hold. The surviving "hand" endeavored to get him out, but could not, and the man was drowned by the water in the hold. Two others perished during the night, and the Captain became chilled and fell, and was so stiff in the morning that he, was lifted up straight by his head, yet he was alive, and immediate measures were taken for his restoration. With what success we did not learn. The mate who became chilled and fell, but he was not so far gone as the Captain when relief arrived, and is out of danger now.
Out of the whole seven,only one had life enough to move, in the morning and he succeeded in reaching the mast head, and raising the neighbors so that the three were taken off and cared for. The brig is a total loss.
      On Friday we visited the wreck of the HELEN STRONG. She lay under a perpendicular cliff formed by a point of land, on the extreme end of which grew a tree and a few saplings, some of which hung over the surf. As the boat struck, a hand felt those twigs, and seizing them clambered up. But the ropes had all been washed off, and the passengers lay there, in dim darkness , the boat thumping the rocks and crashing the timbers, till the man could go to the dwellings, nearby, and procure assistance. But they all got off safe, and were taken care of by the neighbors, except a German
woman who was lost, and a man, who in the morning was supposed to be lost, but was afterwards found safe on board the wreck, and perhaps one or two more.
      When we were there, a good deal of baggage, and merchandise, and part of the furniture of the boat, had been gotten from the wreck, mostly damaged by water, and hands were at work getting out more. We should judge that most of the cargo might be rescued though it will be damaged. Two new pianoes were on board, but were smashed
to pieces.
      Daily Courier and Pilot (Buffalo)
      Wednesday November 25,1846

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Reason: aground
Lives: 3
Remarks: Total loss
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.34034 Longitude: -79.59588
William R. McNeil
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Levona (Sloop), aground, 19 Nov 1846