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Vincennes (Schooner), aground, 4 May 1853


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VINCENNES Schooner, beached near Genesee River, Lake Ontario, cargo wheat and flour. Got off and repaired. Property loss $6,350
      Buffalo Express
      January 2, 1854 (casualty list)

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Gale on Lake Ontario - Vessel Wrecked. - A heavy gale from the North-east, swept over Lake Ontario and last night, and we regret to state it has been attended with serious disasters to the shipping. Two schooners were wrecked near the harbor of Genesee, and it is not improbable that we shall hear of wrecks at other points along the south shore.
The schooner VINCENNES of Sandusky, from the upper Lake, bound for Oswego, attempted to make this harbor last night during the gale, but did not succeed, and went ashore east of the east pier. It is probably that she will prove a total loss.
A small schooner, name unknown, laden with lumber, from some of the Canada ports was wrecked just east of the Vincennes. We have no further particulars in relation to her, but do not learn that any lives were lost.
The steamer NIAGARA from Oswego, attempted to get into our harbor sometime about midnight, but did not succeed, and stood off up the lake. We presume she went to Niagara River. We are often visited by a gale that prevents steamers from coming into the river.
P.S. Since the above was written, we learn from Deputy Collector Shaw, that the VINCENNES will probably be saved though her cargo will prove mostly a lost. The other schooner was the NEW HAVEN, and she with her cargo will probably be saved. The NIAGARA steamer made three attempts to get in before she gave up.
The CATARACT from Lewiston, came in about 2 this morning, and owing to high water in the river, had a wheel somewhat damaged by striking the dock.
      Rochester Union
      Friday, May 6, 1853



Gale on Lake Ontario. (We take the following dispatch from the Transcript bulletin.)
By the House Line - Rochester, May 6. - There was a tremendous gale last night from the north, on Lake Ontario. The schooner VINCENNES , of Sandusky, bound down, went ashore just east of the mouth of Genesee river, and is a total wreck. The cargo consisted of one thousand and fifty bbls. of flour; three thousand bushels of wheat, and a few casks of ashes.
A small schooner loaded with lumber, name no known, was also lost at the same place. Crews all saved.
The steamer NIAGARA, from Oswego, attempted to get into this harbor, but did not succeed, and went up the Lake.
      Oswego Daily Journal
      Mon., May 9, 1853




Rochester, May 6th. -- There was a tremendous gale last night from the north on Lake Ontario. The schooner VINCENNES, of Sandusky, bound down, went ashore just east of Genesse River, and is a total wreck. Her cargo consisted of 1050 barrels of flour, 3,000 bushels of wheat, and a few casks of ashes.
      Buffalo Daily republic
      May 6, 1853

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Rochester, May 6 -There was a tremendous gale on the lake last night, from the north. The schr. VINCENNES, from Sandusky, bound down, went ashore just East of the mouth of the Genesee River, and is a total loss. Her cargo consisted of 300 barrels of wheat, a few casks of ashes. A small schooner, loaded with lumber, name not known, was lost at the same place.
      Sandusky Commercial Register
      May 7, 1853 3-3

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      The schooner VINCENNES blown ashore at the mouth of the Genesee River, on Thursday last, has been got off, and brought into port. Her wheat was sold for 75 cents a bushel; her flour was damaged about 50 per cent.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      May 12, 1853

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The Gale - Marine Disasters. - A telegraph dispatch dated at Rochester May 6th, represents the blow on Thursday night to have been a tremendous gale. The dispatch adds that the schooner VINCENNES of Sandusky, bound down, went ashore off the mouth of Genesee River, and is a total wreck. her cargo consisted of 1,050 bbls. of flour, 3,000 bushels of wheat and a few casks of ashes. A small schooner loaded with lumber, name unknown, was lost at the same place. The crew of both vessels were saved. The steamer NIAGARA from Oswego, attempted to land, but did not succeed, and went up the lake.
      Oswego Daily Times
      Saturday, May 17, 1853
     


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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: wheat & flour
Remarks: Got off
Date of Original:
1853
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McN.W.2025
Language of Item:
English
  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.2584 Longitude: -77.60222
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Vincennes (Schooner), aground, 4 May 1853