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Ainsworth (Schooner), aground, 20 Nov 1846

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The Oswego Advertiser of Saturdays says, that on the morning previous, the wind blew with such terrific violence, as to drive two vessels from their moorings within the west pier, on the rocks at the foot of Fort Ontario. One of them the AINSWORTH of Cleveland was dismasted and blown on her beam ends, where she now lies, a total wreck.
      Buffalo Courier
      Tuesday, November 24, 1846

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      Terrible Gale on Lake Erie - Sixteen Bodies Found
Lake Erie was visited by a tremendous gale on Thursday, the 19th inst., which occasioned the loss of several vessels and a number of lives. Accounts state that sixteen bodies were picked up along shore.
Several vessels were cast ashore in the vicinity of Barcelona - among them are the HELEN STRONG, SWAN, OSCEOLA, CLEVELAND, and a sloop, name unknown, capsized.
The brig JOHN HANCOCK is ashore above Erie - total wreck; also the AINSWORTH, UNITED STATES, CHARLES, and A. P. HAYWOOD - will be got off with trifling damage. The brig EUROPE is ashore at Fair Point - damage slight.
The brig H.H.SIZER, and schooner HURON, at Erie, and the steamer INDIAN QUEEN, at Dunkirk, are total wrecks. There are 14 sail and three steam vessels ashore between Buffalo and Detroit. The shore for miles is strewn with fragments of wrecks.
      Gale on Lake Ontario - Vessels Lost.
      The storm which raged on Lake Erie, on Thursday, appears to have visited Lake Ontario with no great abatement on Friday. The vessels, the AINSWORTH and Canadian schr. GRAMPUS, broke from their moorings in Oswego harbor, and were driven on the rocks at Fort Ontario - both total wrecks. The crews of the two vessels were taken off by the yawl of the revenue cutter, lying in the harbor.
A schooner in attempting to enter the harbor, was driven past, and is reported ashore in Mexico Bay. Several vessels which had left Oswego Thursday for the upper lakes, returned after vain attempts to weather the gale.
At 9 o'clock on Friday night the wind was still blowing a perfect hurricane - and it is reasonable to suppose that immense damage was done that we have not yet heard of.
Since writing the above we learn by a gentleman from Oswego, that another terrible storm, no less disastrous than the first, visited the lake on Thursday morning last. he states that a Canadian schooner was driven ashore at Oswego on that morning and also that the pier on the east side of the river was considerably started from its foundation during the day, and it
was feared would be swept away.
      Onondaga Gazette, Baldwinsville, N.Y.,
      November 30, 1846
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TERRIBLE GALE -- TWO VESSELS LOST. -- The wind commenced blowing strongly from the north west about three o'clock yesterday morning, and soon increased to a fearful gale, which continued with little abatement during the day. The waters of the lake were in a frightful commotion, and the effects of the blow were felt within the walls of our harbor. Two vessels broke from their moorings just within the west pier and were driven on the rocks at the foot of Fort Ontario.
      One of them, the AINSWORTH, of Cleveland, was dismasted and thrown on her beam ends, where she now lies a total wreck. She was cleared only the day previous with a cargo of salt for Cleveland. The Canadian schooner GRAMPUS is the other vessel wrecked. She had recently been repaired and refitted - having lost two masts and been otherwise injured in the gale of October, and was to have sailed yesterday morning with a heavy cargo of oak timber. All day the sea broke over her to the height of the fore-top. She has broken amidships and will doubtless be a total loss. She was a large and valuable vessel, belonging to Hamilton.
      The crews of the two vessels were taken off in the morning by the yawl of the Revenue Cutter. ---- Oswego Whig.
      The Argus, Kingston
      December 1, 1846

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    Latitude: 43.45535 Longitude: -76.5105
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Ainsworth (Schooner), aground, 20 Nov 1846