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Franklin Pierce (Schooner), aground, 4 Dec 1854


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PIERCE, FRANKLIN Schooner, ashore near mouth of Genesee River, merchandise. Property loss $10,000
      Buffalo Democracy
      Feb. 28, 1855 (casualty list)

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ASHORE.- Monday morning, the schooner FRANKLIN PIERCE, laden with merchandise from Oswego for Hamilton, went ashore near Duck Pond, about five miles west of the mouth of the Genesee. The vessel brought up in the sand, about thirty rods from the shore, and as the boat had been carried away, there was no means for the captain and crew to reach the shore. Capt. Spencer at once procured a team, and, accompanied by a number of sailors, and one of Francis' life boats, belonging to the Government, proceeded to the scene of the disaster. On observing their approach, the people on the schooner, gave them three hearty cheers. No time was lost in launching the life boat, and making for the stranded vessel; but the first effort was not successful, owing to the power of the surf rolling in upon the shore. The second attempt succeeded, however, and the whole of the men from the PIERCE, were safely landed and taken to Charlotte. Their rescue was timely, indeed, as they were compelled to keep the deck, owing to the water in the cabin, and were nearly frozen. A Portion of the cargo on deck, was washed overboard in the gale, but that under deck, it is supposed, will be saved, mostly in a damaged condition.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Friday, December 8, 1854

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The following vessels are ashore on Lake Ontario -- Brig ISABELLA, at the mouth of Eighteen Mile Creek, loaded with salt, and will be got off with a trifling injury; Schooner MINERVA COOK; near the same place, loaded with railroad iron; Schooner FRANK PIERCE, near same place, cargo not stated.
      Cleveland Morning leader
      Friday, December 8, 1845

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      Monday morning the schr. FRANKLIN PIERCE loaded with merchandise from Oswego to Hamilton, near Duck Pond, about 5 miles west of the Genesee River. Capt. Spencer at once procured a team, and accompanied by a number of sailors, and one of the Francis lifeboats, belonging to the government, proceeded to the scene of the disaster. No time was lost in launching the lifeboat, and making for the stranded vessel, but the first effort was not successful, owing to the power of the surf rolling in upon the shore. The second attempt succeeded, however, and the whole of the men from the PIERCE were safely landed and taken to Charlotte. - Buffalo Dem.
      Cleveland Leader
      December 11, 1854 3-4

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SCHOONER FRANK PIERCE.---In relation to the raising of this vessel, which went ashore last fall off Duck Pond, some four or five miles above Charlotte, the Rochester Union Says:--
      Messrs Farnham & Wilder contracted to get her off, and in January last commenced operations. She was submerged six feet below the surface. They constructed cribs, abutments, and purchase bolts, and raised her six feet out of her sand bed; but there came on a storm, ice mounted her and she sunk again. To save her hull, they had arduous work all winter to keep the ice out of her.
On Monday last, these gentlemen procured from Buffalo a steam pump, owned by the Mutual Insurance Co., of that city, and John Berryman an Engineer -- a canvas jacket was put under her and filled with marsh mud and flags (sic), and by this means the main leak was stopped. He then succeeded in reducing the water in her hold and cabin, her stern rose and she floated. The men at work under Farnham Wilder, then commenced to get sand and goods out of the trunk of her cabin, and by constant exertion, her bow raised. Tobacco, hardware, white lead, sperm candles, tea, sugar, and coffee were hoisted out, and what was not spoiled transhipped on board the schooner GALLO, Capt. Ouderkirk, and brought to Charlotte. Of course the latter articles were nearly all useless.
Her cargo was a valuable one of assorted merchandize. Her bills of laden show its value to be $32,000, of this probably $8,000 may be saved. They expect to tow the vessel into the harbor this evening. She was not insured, and had but $2,000 on her cargo. her owners are Messrs. Doyle & Emmerson, of Youngstown, and she was a new vessel, only launched last season.
P.S. She was towed into Charlotte on Saturday morning
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Monday, June 4, 1855




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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: merchandise
Remarks: Got off
Date of Original:
1854
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McN.W.1980
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.2584 Longitude: -77.60222
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Franklin Pierce (Schooner), aground, 4 Dec 1854