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Brandywine (Schooner), aground, 15 Nov 1842


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BRANDYWINE Schooner, dragged her anchors out of Dunkirk and is supposed to be lost.
      Buffalo Courier
      Nov. ?. 1842

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      The Late Gale - Our foreboading of furthur effects of the late gale have, we regret to say, been more than realized. We must wait for arrivals from up the lake, before we shall know the full extent of the disasters. The pier at Dunkirk is nearly destroyed. The HARRISON and CHAUTAUQUE laid at the wharf there from Thursday till Sunday morning, and much of the time were in imminent danger, and finally as a measure of safety tooK to the lake and came into port there yesterday noon, the wind then blowing a gale. The schr. BRANDYWINE, Capt. Tubbs, that was also lying at Dunkirk, dragged her anchor Saturday night, and that is the last that has been heard of her definitely. One report is
that she went ashore near Silver CreeK, and that all on board perished, and another is that she went down the river early yesterday morning a wreck. SHe was heavily loaded with flour.
The stm. CHICAGO, bound up, is ashore 3 miles below Silver Creek. She was discovered about 9:00 A.M., the 19th., off SIlver Creek, in distress. The citizens rallied and followed down the coast with ropes to render assistance. She beached at 11 :00, and the crew and passengers to the number of about 60, were all saved. her deck freight had been thrown overboard the night previous, both pipes carried away, and she became unmanageable. The gale strucK her between Conneaut and Ashtabula. She may be got off and her cargo saved.
      Beide these we hear that the following schooners are ashore on this side, mostly between this and Silver Creek; HENRY ROOP, loaded with 2,000 bu. of corn, JEFFERSON, W. JOY, TIPPECANOE, (all on board lost) BEN. FRANKLIN, MERCHANT (Mr. Bogrand who last year sailed the FAVORITE, lost) M. NEY (all on board lost) and the brig O. RICHMOND. The particulars of the loss of the JEFFERSON, W. JOY and O. RI CHMOND were given in Saturday's paper.
      The schooners just in report seeing some 20 miles up the laKe the "fly" of a sunkken schooner, supposed to be the EMILY. The schr. MERCHANT lost a couple of hands, names not known, who were washed overboard at Grand River, Ohio. Walter Rossan, a hand on the JENA, was also washed overboard during the gale.
      A boy called Bill, who came on board the schooner BUCKNOR at Cl eveland as cooK was also lost overboard. He said he was formerly attached to the schr. HURON.
The following schooners are ashore on the Canada side near Gravelly Bay: INDIANA, loaded with salt, a total wreck;
MISSISSIPPI, Capt. Raymond, for Kingston, loaded with flour and pork a total wrecK; OHIO, Capt. Robertson, loading light; M. KINGMAN, high and dry, will probably be got off; and brig F. MILLS and the schooner E. JENNY, the particulars of whoes losses were given Saturday. A little above Pt. Abino is the FLORIDA, loaded with flour, pork and whisKey for this port.
      H. PIERSON which came in during the storm on Saturday, was saved with great difficulty. All her salls are gone, together with her companion way and several spars. There is scarcely a vessel in the harbor, but what has suffered more or less.
      In addition to this we have rumors of further disasters, but in the abserlce of any authentic intelligence it is hardly worth while to give particulars of what we trust, will prove unfounded reports, or at least great exaggerations. The ascertained truth is bad and sad enough. A more fearful gale was scarecly ever known in mid-winter on the Atlantic coast.
      P.S. The brig HOOSIER, that came in just before going to press, reports passing the stm. CONSTELLATION in a distresseed condition, off the Two Sisters. The CONSTELLATION left this port last Wednesday or Thursday. How seriously injured is the HOOSIER, can't say, as she did not pass within hailing distance. She also reports the schooner MICHIGAN with rudder unshipped at Put-I n-Bay Island.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 21, 1842

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Schooner BRANDYWINE dragged her anchors out of Dunkirk and is supposed to be lost - She lies 18 miles from Cleveland on the rocks, a total loss. Cargo of 120 barrels of flour saved, 5 lost.
      Cleveland Plain Dealer
      Wed. Nov. 30, 1842 p.2 col.2 & 3

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The BRANDYWINE, we learn from Sherrifs Brown and Smith, who were officially called upon to protect the effects drifting ashore from this vessel, that she lies among the rocks about 18 miles from this city, a total wreck. One man, a passenger, named Otis Burton, of Mendon, Monroe Co., was found on board, with some $18 Rochester money on his person. None of the crew were found. All the flour, about 120 bbls., was saved, the cargo of wheat lost.
      The names of those supposed to be lost, are Fred. Tubbs, master, Geo. Whittington and brother, mate and cook, Erastus Wood, and another hand.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 23, 1842

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Schr. BRANDYWINE, ashore, total loss. Loss and damage to vessel $1,000. Loss and damage to cargo $800. Lives lost, 8.
      Losses by the November Gale
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 18, 1843

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      The schr. BRANDYWINE, beached in the November gale has been got afloat in a tolerable condition, and taken to Buffalo.
      Cleveland Herald
      July 10, 1843 3-1

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      The Storm on the Lakes - asks the question: could the gale of 18th Nov. have been anticipated? The answer is yes with the use of barometers.
      -Losses on the Western Lakes
      The annexed list is supposed to comprise all the vessels that have suffered material loss the past season on Lake Erie & the Western lakes. The estimated damage, being founded on public report, is not to be relied upon; but the aggregate amount is supposed to be much short of the actual loss. No estimate has been made of furniture of emigrants, or baggage of passengers. The amount of losses covered by insurance heard of is $21,725.
      Loss and Loss and Lives
In the gale of 18th Nov. Damage to vessels damage of cargoes lost

Brig 0. Richmond, ashore in Buffalo Bay $700
Schr. Jefferson, do. do. (total loss) $2,500 $600 9
Schr Walter Joy, do do $1,000 $1,000
Schr Brandywine, do do (total loss) $1,000 $800 8
Schr Lord Seaton, (Brit) do do $1,000
S.B. Chicago, ashore near Catteraugus creek $5,000 $5,000
Schr N Hubbard, near Conneaut, (total loss) $3,000 7
Schr Ben Franklin, ashore near Fairport (total loss) $2,500
Schr Alleghan, ashore near do $500
Schr Ohio, ashore near Point Abino $400
Schr Edwin Jenny, do do $1,200
Brig Frances Mills, do do $1,500 $1,200
Schr Florida, do do (total loss) $2,000 $1,483
Schr Lagure, do do, do $1,500 $2,500 6
Schr M Kingman, do do $400
Schr Mississippi, do do $400 $75
Schr Indiana, do do (total loss) $3,000 $750
Ship Milwaukie, ashore near Kalamazoo, Mich. (total loss) 10,000 7,500 7
Schr Columbus, ashore near G. River, Mich. (total loss) 2,800 2,812
Schr Florida, ashore near St. Josephs, Mich. (total loss) 3,000
Schr Bancroft, do do, (total loss) 2,700
S.B. Wisconsin near Chicago $3,000
Schr S Juneau, dismasted and drifted into Grand River, Mich $500
S B C Trowbridge, ashore near Milwaukie $3,000
Schr Herald, (Br) ashore near G. River, Canada $500
Schr H Colvin, on Lake Erie, deck loading $80
Schr John Grant, on Lake Erie, chain and anchor $100
Schr A Wilcox, on Lake Huron, deck loading $375
Schr J Richards, ashore on Point Au Barques, Lake Huron $1,000
Schr Detroit, missing no tidings, (total loss) $750 6
Schr Carolina, missing on Lake Huron, (total loss) $1,500 6
Schr Emily, (Br) missing no tidings, (total loss) $2,500 8
Schr Merchant and schr J _ , lost 1 man each 2
      $58,850 $24,27552
Sept. 8 - Schr Acorn, run down and sunk on L. Erie $4,400 $3,000
Oct. - Schr. Lodi run down and sunk on Lake Erie $500
Nov. 5 - S B Vermillion burned at Huron, Lake Erie $25,000 $5,7003
Dec. - S B Erie, cut by ice and sunk on Lake St. Clair $3,000 3
      $91,750 $52,97569
[note - these figures don't add up but are as per originals]
      [Cleveland Herald]
      Upper Canada Herald (Kingston)
      January 31, 1843 p.2


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Reason: aground
Lives: 8
Hull damage: $1,000
Cargo: $800
Freight: flour, wheat
Remarks: Got off
Date of Original:
1842
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Local identifier:
McN.W.8973
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.4795 Longitude: -79.33393
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Brandywine (Schooner), aground, 15 Nov 1842