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New Haven (Schooner), aground, 4 May 1853

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NEW HAVEN Schooner, beached near Genesee River, May 4, 1853, cargo lumber. Property loss $200
      Buffalo Express
      Jan. 2, 1854 (casualty list)

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

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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.2584 Longitude: -77.60222
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New Haven (Schooner), aground, 4 May 1853