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Sandusky (Schooner), aground, 5 Nov 1838

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Disasters of the Gale -The heavy gale which blew during nearly the whole of Monday night, caused an unprecedented amount of damage to our lake craft. A large number of heavily laden vessels were out, no less than thirteen of which were beached, between Grand River and Erie, as far as we have information. We give below such particulars as we can learn respecting the wrecks.
      Schr. Sandusky, 110 Tons, ashore below the peninsula at Erie -- will be got off with cargo, without injury Owned by Joy & Webster.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Thursday, Novenber 8, 1838

SANDUSKY Schooner, 110 Tons, ashore below the peninsula at Erie - will be got off with cargo, without injury. Owned by Joy & Webster.
      Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
      Monday, November 12, 1838

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      The schooner JAMES RUGGLES of Dunkirk, bound to Chicago with a full cargo of merchandize, ran aground on the outside of the peninsula at this place, a few days since in a snow squall, in endeavoring to get round into the road stead, the vessel being much ice-loged, and crew nearly worn out with fatigue and exposure. At the time the Cutter was assisting the schooner SANDUSKY off ashore at the head of the Peninsula; but having got her nearly into the bay, and out of danger, she repaired immediately to the assistance of the RUGGLES with the Cutter, and notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather, succeeded in getting nearly all the cargo out, and on Saturday evening got her afloat, and off to anchor; but having lost her rudder, and otherwise out of repair, she was unable to get under way, and the wind being ahead, the Cutter was too small to take her in tow and weather the point to get into the harbor. In the mean time the steamer NORTH AMERICA came along, when Lieu. Ottinger endeavored to get her to go and tow the RUGGLES in; but the captain excused himself by saying his boat was heavy loaded, steered bad, &c., and before another steamer came along, which was late in the afternoon, the wind had increased to a gale, heaving in a heavy sea, when she parted her cables and went ashore again, where should the weather continue in its present inclement state, she will in all probability go to pieces. However, I see the Cutter is out at her again, and I am in hopes she may yet be saved.
      The JAMES RUGGLES is a vessel of the first class, about 200 tons burthen, only a year old, and valued at about $12,000. She still has one-third of her cargo on board, in a damaged state, which they will undoubtedly get ashore the first opportunity. The loss will probably amount in all to 15 or $20,000, (should the vessel be lost.) (part extracted from article entitled "Steam Revenue Cutter")
      Erie Gazette
      November 29, 1838

Schooner TOLEDO, ashore half a mile below Grand River - broken up.
Schooner RALPH GRANGER, ashore one mile below Grand River.
Schooner CLEVELAND, between Ashtabula and Conneaut.
Schooner DOLPHIN (supposed) Between Ashtabula and Conneaut.
Schooners LODI and BENJ. BARTON at Conneaut, Total loss.
Schooner SANDUSKY, ashore a little above Erie.
Schooner EAGLE, ashore a little below Erie.
Schooner ILLINOISE, missing on Lake Erie.
Schooner COLONEL BENTON, ashore at Dunkirk. ----- Buffalo Star.
      British Colonist
      Thursday, November 22, 1838

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  • Pennsylvania, United States
    Latitude: 42.12922 Longitude: -80.08506
William R. McNeil
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Sandusky (Schooner), aground, 5 Nov 1838