OXFORD Schooner, dismasted in gale on Lake Ontario, cargo iron. Towed to Oswego and repaired. Property loss $2,000
Jan. 2, 1854 (casualty list)
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Brig OXFORD Dismasted. - The Oswego Times of Saturday, says:- The brig OXFORD, Capt. Kirby, which cleared from this port last evening for Toledo with railroad iron, was dismasted when about fifteen miles up the lake, the Captain, and the crew we believe, left the vessel and arrived here early this morning. The wind the Captain says, was very severe during a portion of the night. The steamer BAY STATE was sent out for the vessel in the morning, and towed her in this morning just before going to press. The vessel is owned by Messrs. Hoag, Strong & Co., of Toledo, and insured in the North Western.
Buffalo Daily Republic
Wednesday, November 16, 1853
The Oswego Times and Journal of March 31, 1854, gives us a glimpse of the waterfront excitement of fitting out: "We took a stroll yesterday down among the shipping and our ears were greeted on every side by the Merry Yo! Heave Ho! of the sailor getting his craft ready for sea, and the click of the caulkers¹ irons, which to us are
pleasant sounds, denoting as they do the opening of a season ever busy in our city. We noticed that the OXFORD which was used so roughly in a gale last fall recovering her former appearance. Both her spars were carried away - and in fact everything above deck - which are now being replaced by the finest looking 'sticks' we have ever seen.