The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Rochester Union & Advertiser (Rochester, NY), Thurs., Nov. 3, 1859

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Wreck of the Schooner Twilight. - The small scow schooner Twilight, owned by Capt. Ouderkirk of Charlotte, and used chiefly for transporting wood, was lost on Tuesday night about fifteen miles east of the mouth of the river. A telegraph dispatch from Charlotte gives the particulars of the disaster as follows:

She was bound from Sodus to this place with wood, and when about five miles from here, sprung a leak, the wind blowing fresh from the westward. Capt. Foster, seeing that it was impossible to make this port, bore up and ran down the lake. He threw over her deck load, but the water gained rapidly on the pumps, and was soon over her deck; every sea going over her deck, when she capsized and sunk - all the crew but the Captain going into the lake. Capt. Foster jumped into the water and swam to the small boat, which had got adrift, and was their only hope, and finally succeeded in taking off the crew, who were slinging to parts of the rigging. The Twilight was about fifteen miles from shore, and after rowing for about twelve hours, the crew were picked up by the propeller J.L. Tucker, Capt. Soper, and brought to this port. The crew saved nothing from the vessel.

The Twilight was not an expensive craft, but is a total loss to the owner, who has been rather unfortunate. His other vessel, the Commerce, which he commands himself, was ashore at Oswego, a short time since, but has been got off, we understand.

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Rochester Union & Advertiser (Rochester, NY), Thurs., Nov. 3, 1859