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Palestine (Schooner), aground, 24 Nov 1853


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PALESTINE Schooner, cargo R.R. iron, wrecked at Braddock's Bay, Lake Ontario. Fate in doubt.
      Buffalo Express
      Jan. 2, 1854 (casualty list)

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GALE ON LAKE ONTARIO. - There was a severe gale on Wednesday night and on Thursday morning on Lake Ontario. The wind blew heavily from the northwest, accompanied with snow squalls.
The schooner ONTONAGON and PALESTINE, loaded with railroad iron, bound from Kingston to Cleveland, went ashore eight miles west of this place, near Braddock's Bay. The vessels will prove a total loss, or at least so think those who examined them. The iron will doubtless be saved. The crews succeeded in getting ashore.
Both vessels were fully insured. The PALESTINE, after beating on the rocks four hours, filled with water and will prove a total loss. The ONTONAGON will fare no better.
There was a thick snow storm prevailing at the time, and the disaster is attributed to the variation of the needle, probably caused by the iron with which the vessel was loaded.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Monday, November 28, 1853

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      There was a severe gale on Wednesday night (11/23) and Thursday morning on Ontario. The wind blew heavily from the north-west, accompanied with snow squalls.
      The schooners ONTONAGON and PALESTINE, loaded with railroad iron, bound from Kingston to Cleveland, went ashore 8 miles west of this place, near Braddock's Bay. The vessels will prove a total loss, or at least so thing those that have examined them. The irom will doubtless be saved. The crews succeeded in getting safely ashore.
      Both vessels are fully insured. The PALESTINE after beating on the rocks for 4 hours, filled with water, and will prove a total loss. The ONTONAGON fared no better.
      There was a thick snow storm prevailing at that time, and the disaster is attributed to a variation of the needle, caused by the iron with which the vessels were loaded.
      We hear that 3 other vessels are ashore some 30 miles east of this port, but have received no particulars. - Rochester Union.
      Rochester Standard & Union
      November 29, 1853

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The Oswego Journal says the schooner ONTONAGON, beached at Braddock's Point, has been got off and taken into Genesee with her cargo of railroad iron. We understand she is not materially injured. The PALESTINE lays where she went ashore, near the same time and place with the ONTONAGON, her deck load of railroad iron having been taken off and the vessel abandoned.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Saturday, December 10, 1853





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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: R.R.iron
Date of Original:
1853
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McN.W.2309
Language of Item:
English
  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.31256 Longitude: -77.71362
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Palestine (Schooner), aground, 24 Nov 1853