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Comet (Schooner), aground, 1 Nov 1860


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Schooner COMET, cargo wheat, ashore in a snow-storm near Sodus, Lake Ontario.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      March 11, 1861. (Casualty List, 1860)

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DISASTERS ON LAKE ONTARIO. - The schooner COMET, Capt. Woodhull, master, is ashore at Sodus. She had a cargo of grain and flour from Niagara for Oswego.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, November 28, 1860

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The Wrecked Vessels. - There are three schooners on the shore of Lake Ontario, between this port and Oswego, one of which went on in the great gale - the others since. The COMET, owned by Wm. Woodhull, of Webster, lies two miles east of Sodus Pier, and is in a situation that it is thought she may be got off. She had a cargo of wheat, over 4,000 bushels, on the way from Youngstown to Oswego, and attempted to make the harbor of Sodus in the great gale.
The tackle of the main sail was so frozen that it could not be hoisted, and she could not get far enough in for safety with fore sail and jib. She went through an opening in the east pier or breakwater and had to be beached at the most convenient place at the eastward. She ran so far on that the crew jumped from the jib-boom to the beach. A tug came from Oswego with a canal boat, and took out about 3,000 bushels of wet wheat, and attempted to pull off the schooner, but she leaked so badly that she had to be left to wait the coming of a marine pump.
The COMET was formerly the JANE R. ROGERS of this port, rebuilt last summer by Capt. Rogers, and sold to Mr. Woodhull. She is valued at $3,000 and was not insured.
The schooner JAMES SMITH, ashore three miles west of Pultneyville, is an old craft and is hardly worth an expenditure to get her off.
      A small schooner called GLEN CUYLER, went ashore on Tuesday, twelve miles west of
Oswego, under what circumstances we do not learn. It was thought she would be got off.
      Rochester Union & Advertiser
      Saturday, December 8, 1860

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      The schooner COMET, ashore at Sodus River, with 4,000 bushels of wheat, on her way from Youngstown to Oswego, has been lighted of 3,000 bushels of the wheat and is thought will be got off.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Monday, December 10, 1860
     
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      The barque QUEBEC, ashore at Nine Mile Point Canada side, has been got off by the tug PAGE, and towed to Clayton. The Page arrived here this morning, having been successful in her wrecking cruise along the Canada coast.
The schooner JAMES SMITH, ashore three miles west of Pultneyville, is an old craft an is hardly worth an expenditure to get her off - Rochester Advertiser.
The schooner COMET, owned by Wm. Woodhull, of Webster, lies two miles east of Sodus Pier, and in a situation that is thought she may be got off. She had a cargo of wheat, over 4,000 bushels on the way from Youngstown to Oswego, and attempted to make the harbor of Sodus in the great gale. The tackle of the mail sail was so frozen that it could not be hoisted, and she could not get far enough in for safety with foresail and jib.
She went through an opening in the west pier or breakwater and had to be beached at the most convenient place at the eastward. She ran so far on that the crew jumped from the jib-boom to the beach. A tug came from Oswego with a canal boat, and took off about 3,000 bushels of wet wheat, and attempted to pull off the schooner, but she leaked so badly that she had to be left to wait the coming of a marine pump. The COMET was formerly the JANE E. ROGERS, and sold to Mr. Woodhull. She is valued at $9,000 and is not insured. - Rochester Advertiser.
      Oswego Commercial Times
      Tues., December 11, 1860

     




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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $500
Cargo: $500
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Got off
Date of Original:
1860
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Local identifier:
McN.W.4300
Language of Item:
English
  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.23784 Longitude: -77.06136
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Comet (Schooner), aground, 1 Nov 1860