The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Louisa Jenkins (Schooner), aground, 1 Oct 1833

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GALE ON LAKE ERIE.--The following account of the late gale and the disaster it caused, was issued from the office on Saturday last, in an Extra. We give it entire to our readers today:-- On Thursday last, at about 11 o'clock A. M. a strong breeze sprung up from the west, and soon hauled to the northward and westward, followed immediately by a heavy storm of rain, increasing to the greatest gale ever experienced on the lake, and continued with unabated fury until 2 o'clock yesterday morning.-- The schooner LOUISA JENKINS, Capt. Royal Pember, loaded with merchandise for Huron and Sandusky, from Smith & Macy, owners, which had left a few days previous, and was driven back from Grand River, made a second attempt on the day previous to the gale, was driven in under Point Abino, and the following letter is an extract from her captain: "After a severe night the LOUISA JENKINS brought up on Point Abino, about one mile from the Point - the seas were so tremendous that they broke over the vessel - she was unmanageable - gaffs both broke - her mainsail split - lost her jib - so full of water we could do nothing with her - our only resource was to run her ashore - passengers and crew all safe. She is high and dry on the beach. We are landing the cargo - water four feet in the hold. The sea was so heavy that it cleared our decks and broke through our companian way. I could not fetch up around the Point. I kept the helm and shaped the course for Buffalo, which was most of the time East. The weather being thick, the first land we made was to the leeward of the point. Everything off deck before she fetched up on shore. The vessel is not much injured. There is one vessel ashore at Kettle Creek. I saw several others out but do not know their fate." The cargo was very valuable of dry goods and groceries; and Messrs Smith & Macy with their usual promptness have despatched the schooner PRESIDENT to her relief. Cargo partially insured, but no insurance on the vessel. Buffalo Journal (part)
      Cleveland Weekly Herald
      November 2, 1833 p.2 col.2 & 3

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: merchandise
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.836111 Longitude: -79.095277
William R. McNeil
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Louisa Jenkins (Schooner), aground, 1 Oct 1833