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A Schooner Wrecked near Thousand Island Park.
Syracuse Standard (Syracuse, NY), Aug. 17, 1889

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A Schooner Wrecked near Thousand Island Park.

Special Correspondence of the Standard:

FRONTENAC, N.Y., Aug. 16. - At 10:30 o'clock last evening the large three masted schooner Vickery of Chicago struck on a shoal off Rock Island light house, just opposite Thousand Island Park and after hanging to the rocks for four hours, sank in about 80 feet of water. She was sailing down the river and had to make a tack to clear the light house, but missed stsys in coming about and went onto the rocks.

A stiff breeze was blowing at the time and she struck hard. The captain and crew were on deck at the time with Pilot Henry Webber of Clayton at the helm. The crew saved all their effects and no one was injured. The Vickery is owned by Vickery & Co. of Chicago and valued at $20,000. She had a cargo of 21,000 bushels of conr, valued at $10,000 which will be a total loss. it was consigned to J.B. Wiser of Prescott. Nothing can now be seen of the vessel except her topmast heads.

Her crew consisted of Capt. Massey, mate, cook and four men, all of whom are now at Clayton awaiting orders. Two ladies were aboard. They were taken off and cared for at at the light house station on Rock Island. The point where she struck is one of the most dangerous on the river and has been the scene of a number of wrecks. The channel is very narrow and crooked there and the current strong. Preparations for raising the vessel are already being made.

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Aug. 17, 1889
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 44.28032 Longitude: -76.01661
Richard Palmer
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A Schooner Wrecked near Thousand Island Park.