The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Wolcott (Schooner), perilous situation, 1 Oct 1819

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SINGULAR PRESERVATION.---The Schooner WOLCOTT, of Sacket's Harbor, Saumel Knapp Master, bound to Niagara with 30 passengers, was driven into Mexico Bay on Wednesday last, by a severe gale blowing from the lake. In this perilous situation she was tossed on the waves 38 hours, expecting every moment to be dashed upon the shore--in which case every soul must have perished, as the surf ran higher than has been known for several years. When all hope of beating out had ceased, and every tack brought her nearer the shore, no possibility remained of saving the life of a soul on board but by entering the mouth of Sandy Creek, which was difficult to discover and a very shallow depth of water at its entrance. With the alternative of finding this entrance or dashing upon the shore, they now steered before the wind, and this schooner of 70 tons burthen was carried by the swells over the bar at the entrance of the creek without sustaining any material injury.
      Oswego (N.Y.) Palladium
      October 21, 1819

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Reason: perilous situation
Lives: nil
Remarks: Damage slight
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.51896 Longitude: -76.2991
William R. McNeil
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Wolcott (Schooner), perilous situation, 1 Oct 1819