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E. K. Bruce (Schooner), aground, 25 Oct 1853


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BRUCE, E.K. Schooner, cargo of R. R. iron, wrecked near Oswego. Property loss $8,000
      Buffalo Express
      Jan. 2, 1854 (casualty list)

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      A Gale and Marine Disaster. - The wind has been blowing strongly from the northwest for the past 24 hours, and fear is entertained for the safety of vessels out. The schooner E.K. Bruce, which cleared from this port last night for Toledo with railroad iron, had her mainmast and jib split in the gale, and was driven on to the rocks near the shore a mile and a half above the Oswego harbor. The vessel is in a perilous situation as she now lies exposed to the heavy sea. The Captain, we understand, deserted the vessel a few days before she sailed. She is owned by Wm. Buckley, of Buffalo.
      Oswego Daily Commercial Times
      Tuesday, October 25, 1853

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A GALE AND DISASTER. - The Oswego Palladium says: The heaviest gale we have experienced this fall prevailed night before last and yesterday. On Monday afternoon the wind set in from the northeast, but after dark it suddenly veered around and blew a gale, accompanied with sleet, and continued with increased violence all day yesterday. The lake was unusually rough, and it will not be strange if we have numerous disasters to record.
The schooner E.K. BRUCE, Courtney, mate, in command, left this port on Monday towards night, and had proceeded on her course towards the Welland Canal, some distance, when the wind shifted, blowing a heavy gale, carrying away part of her canvass. She was then put about and attempted to return to this port, but soon lost all her sail and went ashore on the rocks about a mile and a half above, near nine o'clock, where she now lies and will probably go entirely to pieces. She was loaded with 1300 bars railroad iron. The crew got ashore safe about 4 o'clock in the morning.
The BRUCE was owned in Buffalo by Wm. Buckley, and we presume was insured.
Cargo shipped by D. Ellis, Jr.
      We understand that Capt. W. Weathered, of this vessel, left here soon after her arrival, with some $1,500 in money, freight charges collected by him, for
the owner, and has not been seen or heard from since. The owner came here for the money, but the Captain had stepped out.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, October 27, 1853


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Marine. - The wind lulled early this morning, and but a light breeze has been blowing from the south during the forenoon. The schooner E.K. Bruce which was in a perilous situation yesterday, proves to be a total wreck. She now lies close to the shore, and men were busily engaged this morning in securing portions of her rigging. She is probably insured at Buffalo.
      Oswego Daily Commercial Times
      Wednesday, October 26, 1853

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The schooner E.K. BRUCE, which went ashore a little above Oswego, on Monday night, is a complete wreck. Her rigging, and perhaps her cargo of railroad iron will be saved.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Friday, October 28, 1853

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SOLD. - The wreck of the schooner E.K. BRUCE was sold on Saturday for $205.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, November 3, 1853



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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: railroad iron
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1853
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Local identifier:
McN.W.2183
Language of Item:
English
  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.45535 Longitude: -76.5105
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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E. K. Bruce (Schooner), aground, 25 Oct 1853