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Minerva (Schooner), aground, 12 Nov 1820

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We do not recollect a season so boisterous as the present, or one in which so may distressing accidents have occurred on the lakes. In addition to the shipwrecks on Lake Erie, naoticed in another column, we learn from a source entitled to credit, that during the easterly gale and snow storm on Saturday night last, three vessels were stranded on the American side of this lake. The schooner MINERVA, laden with salt, was driven on shore near Oswego, and the cargo wholly lost. The schooner TRIUMPH and SWALLOW, from Sacket's Harbor, went ashore near the Genesee River, but we are not informed of the extent of damage they have sustained, fortunately the crews got all safe to land.
      Kingston Chronicle
      November 17, 1820

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The following more particulat account of the wrecks on lake Ontario is taken from the Sacket's Harbour Gazette.
The schooner MINERVA, Capt. Hugunin, threw overboard 130 barrels of salt, and afterwards struck on Oswego bar in attempting to make that harbour, and we are informed since receiving the following communication, that she got off with the loss of her cargo, in all about 400 barrels salt.
      Kingston Chronicle
      November 21, 1820

      Sacket's Harbor, Nov.17th.
On Saturday evening, the 11th. inst. a gale of wind commenced from the N.E. accompanied with snow, which increased during Sunday to a degree exceeding anything before known on Lake ontario. On Monday morning the 13th. the gale abated and we already learn the following wrecks and disasters:-
      The Schooner TRIUMPH, Capt. Davis, with 152 barrels of salt, was driven on genesee bar, vessel and cargo totally lost.
      The schooner SWALLOW, Capt. Pond, in ballast, on shore in Braddock's bay; vessel bilged and will be lost.
      The schooner MINERVA, Capt. Hugunin, threw overboard 130 barrels salt, and afterwards struck on Oswego bar, in attempting to make that harbor, and we are informed since that she got off with the loss of her cargo, in all 400 barrels of salt.
      The schooner WOLCOTT, Capt. Stutson, rode out the gale, and kept the lake with the loss of 10 barrels flour, washed from her deck, and her boat and galley stove. The water which covered her, formed such a bond as alone secured the remainder of her deck load.
      The schooner ONTARIO left Genesee river on Saturday afternoon in company with the WOLCOTT, with a heavy deck load, and we have yet no reports from her.
      The schooners MORNING STAR, JULIA, and JAVA, from Sackets harbor bound for Niagara, sailed on the saturday previous to the storm, and we feel anxious for their safety.
      The schooner LEVANIA, with a cargo of about 300 barrels salt, was lost on Little Sodus, and the schooner PHOENIX at Four Mile Creek in Ballast, a few days before the gale; in fact, the season has been the most severe and disastrous ever known.
      Cleaveland Weekly Herald
      Tuesday, December 12, 1820

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: salt
Remarks: Got off
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.45535 Longitude: -76.5105
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Minerva (Schooner), aground, 12 Nov 1820