The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Friday, Oct. 7, 1859

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Went Ashore. - An unfortunate marine disaster occurred just off our harbor on Wednesday night. Quite a strong north west wind had sprung up that afternoon, and about eight o'clock the schooner Commerce, Capt. Onderkirk, made our harbor within about half a mile, when the rudder was lost. The Captain then attempted to work his way in with the jibs, but drifted too far east, when he cast off his anchor.

Soon after, a vessel passed under her stern into port. he hailed her, explaining his situation, and asked her Captain to send out a tug as soon as he should get in. This the latter did, going to two tugs, as soon as he could, but without being able to get either to venture out, owing to the roughness of the weather.

Meanwhile, the Commerce, after swinging to her anchor for three hours, finally parted her chains and drifted ashore east of the Fort. Here she now lies, and will probably go to pieces. She had a cargo of 74,000 feet of lumber. There is no insurance on the vessel, which is owned at Genesee River. Capt.. Onderkirk is part owner, and he loses the earnings of years by this misfortune. Too bad.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Friday, Oct. 7, 1859