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J. P. Hale (Schooner), aground, 1 Oct 1856


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Schooner J.P. HALE, cargo wheat, on reef near Oswego. Total.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 31, 1757 (1856 casualty list)

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OSWEGO, Nov. 1. - Attempts were made yesterday afternoon to get off the crew of the schooner JOHN P. HALE, but owing to the heavy sea the life boat could not be launched.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Saturday, November 1, 1856

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Schooner J.P. HALE ashore one and a half miles above Oswego, bound from Chicago to Oswego.
      Toronto Globe
      November 4, 1856

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The Storm - Perilous Situation of the Schooner J.P. Hale and Crew. - It commenced snowing last night and has continued through the day with but little cessation. The snow has fallen about six inches in depth. The wind has been stiff in the northwest, and is increasing in violence as we go to press, with a heavy sea rolling.
      A vessel arrive this afternoon reports the schooner J.P. Hale, with a cargo of wheat from Chicago for this port, ashore two or three miles above the piers, with flag at half mast and men in the rigging. At the hour of going to press we could learn no other particulars of the disaster.
P.S. A life boat has been sent up to the Hale to take off the crew. It is said she is ashore about a mile anda half above the city. A large number have gone up to the vessel.
      The schooner J.G. Beard arrived in port this afternoon with main top mast gone.
      Oswego Daily Times
      Friday, October 31, 1856

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THE LOSS OF THE SCHOONER J.P. HALE. - This vessel which went ashore yesterday on Ford's Shoals, about four miles up the lake, and nearly one mile from shore, will probably be a total wreck. She has bilged, and it is said that wheat is running out of her. It is thought, however, that from five to 7,000 bushels can be saved in a good condition, if the weather is favorable. The vessel lays with her larboard side towards shore, and does not draw much more water than when light. Her deck is hogged, mainmast sprung, and leans over, ruffer, main-boom, and portions of the main rigging gone, with main-sail, etc, torn to pieces. The HALE was a good substantial vessel, nearly new, and was owned by S.J. Holley, of this city. The vessel, cargo and freight list are insured, principally in the Buffalo Mutual. - Oswego Times.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, November 4, 1856

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The Loss of the Schr J.P. Hale. - This vessel which went ashore yesterday on Ford's Shoals, about four miles up the lake and nearly one mine from shore, will probably be a total wreck. She has bilged, and it is said that wheat is running out of her. It is thought, however, that from 5 to 7,000 bushels can be saved in good condition if the weather is favorable.
The vessel lays with her larboard side towards shore, and does not draw much more water than when light. - Her deck is hogged, mainmast sprung and leans over rudder, main boom and portions of the main rigging gone, with main sail, &c. torn to pieces. The Hale was a good, substantial vessel, nearly new, and was owned by S.J. Holley, of this city. The vessel's cargo and freight list are insured, principally in the Buffalo Mutual.
      Oswego Daily Times
      Saturday, October 31, 1856

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      Marine News
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      The Loss of the Schr. J.P. HALE - This vessel which went ashore yesterday on Ford's Shoals, about four miles up the lake and nearly one mile from shore, will probably be a totl wreck. She has bilged, and it is said that wheat is runnint out of her. It is thought, however, that from 5 to 7,000 bushels can be saved in good condition if the weather is favorable.
      The vessel lays with her larboard side towards shore, and does not draw much more wter than when light. her deck is hogged, mainmst sprung and leans over rudder, main boom and portions of the main riging gone, with main sail, &c. torn to pieces. The Hale was a good, substantial vessel, nearly new, owned by S.J. Holley, of this city. The vessel's cargo and freight list are insured, principally in the Buffalo Mutual.
      Schooner SULTAN Ashore. - The schooner SULTAN, Capt. Kingston, of and from Oakville with a cago of wheat for this port, lost portions of her canvas in the gale yeserday, and in attempting to come in the harbor at midnight, became unmanageable, and was drive ashore a few rods below the east pier. She lies easy, in about six feet of water, with her stern towards shore, and may be got off after taking out part of her cago. her rudder is gone, and he cargo or a part of it is damaged. The crew were taken off this morning by th life boat after it returned to the J.P. HALE.
      Oswego Advertiser & Times
      Saturday, November 1, 1856

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      Loss of the John P. Hale
      The schooner John P. Hale, Capt. J.G. Richardson, went ashore on Ford's Shoals about three miles above this city, in the terrible snow squall of yesterday. The report of her perilous situation was brought by a vessel which arrived about one o'clock, and immediately measures were taken to save her crew. The government life-boat was put on wheels, and some fifty hardy sons of Neptune started with it for the scene of the disaster.
      We arrive on the spot with the life-boat company, and must say the chances to get assistance to the sufferers looked ominous. At this time a tremendous sea was running, with a perfect hurricane blowing, accompanied by hail. A crew for the life-boat was immediately organized under Capt. Charles Parker, and the boat launched into the foaming waters; but notwithstanding the efforts of her hardy crew she filled almost immediately, and was thrown
back on the beach.
      A second attempt was made with a like result, when it became apparent to all that a boat could not be got over the surf. A large fire having been built on shore, the men remained on watch all night, and at the first streak of light this morning put out for the wreck - the wind having considerably moderated - and rescued the crew, who had passed the night comparatively comfortable, although not knowing what moment the vessel would go to pieces.
      They were brought down to the city in the tug Robert Reed. No blame is attached to Capt. Richardson for the disaster, as a tremendous snow squall was blowing at the time, rendering it impossible for him to keep his course.
      Oswego Daily Times
      Saturday, Nov. 1, 1856

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      Schooner J. P. Hale - The Crew Rescued.
      The crew of the schooner John P. Hale, Capt. John Richardson, which went ashore four miles west of this city Friday forenoon, were taken off Saturday morning, about six o¦clock, with the Life Boat. A party of noble hearted sailors and others remained on the beach all Friday night, and kept up a large fire. Several unsuccessful attempts to launch the life boat were made Friday afternoon, but the breakers ran too high and it was swamped.
      The crew of the Hale were more comfortable than was supposed. The vessel lay on the rocks, so high that the cabin was dry, and the crew could thus escape exposure. The vessel is broken in two, and will be nearly a total loss. The amount of the loss is about $30,000, which is covered by insurance in the Buffalo Mutual.
      The generous and heroic conduct of the men who voluntarily gave their services in this trying emergency, deserves more than a passing notice, as well as the thanks of the public. The night was very inclement, and forbidding, but these noble sailors did not stop to consider their own comfort, while the lives of ten of their fellow sailors were in peril.
      Capt. Judson of the schooner Willington, brought the news of the condition of the Hale, which lay some three quarters of a mile from the shore. Capt. Charles Parker, and many others immediately started with the Life Boat to the rescue. On reaching the spot Capt. Parker and seven others attempted to reach the vessel, but the life boat was swamped by the breakers three times. A number then volunteered to stand by all night.
      About 2 o¦clock a fourth attempt was made but the boat again swamped. At four o¦clock, A.M., a fifth and successful attempt was made and the crew was happily reached.
      The following are the names of the Boat¦s Crew that made the rescue: -
Capts. Charles Parker of the schooner Wm. Lewis; D. King of the Persian; Wm. Vance of the Gerrit Smith; Green of the Challenge; Lake of the Buckingham Vantassel of the Watts Sherman; Pennington of the Medbury; Parish of the Minot Mitchell.
      The following are the names of the other masters, who volunteered for Boat¦s Crew, and stood by all night: - Capts. Judson, Flick, Brewer, Peters, Mora, Whitney, Hand, Litts, Kirby, Stone, Morely and Pease.
      The following citizens rendered valuable aid: C.O. Williams, William N. Robins, S.R. Beardsley, James Navagh, John Lee, Geo. Goble, M. Bronson, Thos. Ferguson, N. Kilborne, A.J. Latham, T. Dobbie and E.D. Cardner.
      Capt. N. Wright, of the tug Robert Reed, deserves public thanks also for his promptitude in starting for the vessel early in the morning, and taking the rescue crew, and the crew of the Life Boat, on board, and landing them in the city in safety.
      Oswego Palladium
      Monday, Nov. 3, 1856

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The J.P. Hale - A steam tug and lighters have been employed since yesterday morning in securing the cargo, rigging, sails, spars, &*c., of the J.P. Hale, ashore on Ford's Shoals. About 1,100 bushels have been saved in good condition, and it is said that about 5,000 bushels will be lost. The vessel will probably be a total wreck.
      Oswego Daily Times
      Monday, November 3, 1856

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Schooner J.P. HALE's cargo, rigging and spars salvaged by tug, vessel on the Ford Shoal.
      Toronto Globe
      November 5, 1856

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Oswego. -- The schooner J.P. HALE, ashore on Ford's Shoals, went to pieces in the gale.
      About 7,000 bushels of wheat in the schooner CUYAHOGA, which vessel was damaged in the harbor yesterday morning, will be saved in good condition. She is being kept remarkably free of water by one of Worthington's pumps, belonging to the North Western Ins. Co.
      Oswego Daily Times
      Thursday, November 6, 1856

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The schooner J.P. HALE wrecked on the Ford Shoal, has gone to pieces.
      Toronto Globe
      November 10, 1856

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $14,000
Cargo: $21,000
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1856
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Local identifier:
McN.W.2700
Language of Item:
English
  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.44257 Longitude: -76.58661
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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J. P. Hale (Schooner), aground, 1 Oct 1856