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Baltic (Schooner), sunk, 6 Dec 1867


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Schooner BALTIC. - The schooner BALTIC, Capt. James Burns, of Chicago, from Milwaukee, with 15,500 bushels of wheat, consigned to Major Merrick sunk in the harbor last night. The BALTIC lost her canvas in the terrific gale, and in trying to make the harbor, struck on the East pier, and pounded along there for some time. Her crew succeeded in jumping of on the pier, and the vessel finally drifted around opposite the island, where she filled and sunk. She is broken in two amidship and both vessel and cargo will prove a total loss.
The cargo was insured, but for what amount is not known. We understand there was no insurance on the vessel, which was owned by Capt. Burns. The crew state that they never before spent such a night on the lakes, and expected momentarily to go down.
The cook of the BALTIC had a small child with her, and seeing that the vessel must go ashore, climbed up some 15 or 20 feet, into the rigging, and when the schooner struck the shore, she threw the child to one of the sailors who had already jumped off, by whom it was safely caught. The woman herself then jumped for the pier, and missed, and fell into the water. The waves washed her aboard the vessel, and when she again struck, the cook made another attempt to gain the pier, and was successful. The men were thoroughly drenched and benumbed, and spent the night by the fire in the police office.
      Oswego Advertiser & Times
      Sat., December 7, 1867



      The schr. BALTIC, Capt. James Burns, of Chicago from Milwaukee, with 15,000 bu. wheat, consigned to Major Merrick, sunk in the harbor last night. The BALTIC lost her canvas in the terrible gale, and in trying to make the harbor, struck on the East Pier., and bounced around there for some time. her crew succeeded in jumping off on the pier, and the vessel finally drifted around opposite the island, where she filled and sunk. She is broken in two amidship and both vessel and cargo will prove a total loss. The cargo was insured,
but for what amount is not known. We understand there is no insurance on the vessel, which was owned by Capt. Burns. The crew state that they never spent such a night on the lakes, and expected momentarily to go down.
      The cook of the BALTIC had a small child with her and seeing that the vessel must go ashore, climbed up some 15 or 20 ft. into the rigging, and when the schooner struck the pier, she threw the child to one of the sailors, who had already jumped off, by whom it was safely caught. The woman herself then jumped for the pier but missed, and fell into the water. The waves washed her aboard the vessel, and when she again struck, the cook made another attempt to gain the pier and was successful.
      Detroit Post
      December 11, 1867

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      The Pultneyville Com. Press says that the schr. BALTIC which was driven ashore last fall a few miles west of that place, has been abandoned as far as getting out of the water is concerned. An unsuccessful attempt was recently made to drag her on to the beach. Capt. Simpson has gone to Oswego to procure a steam tug to pull her off and take her to Charlotte.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 19, 1868 3-4


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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1867
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Local identifier:
McN.W.13092
Language of Item:
English
  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.45535 Longitude: -76.5105
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Baltic (Schooner), sunk, 6 Dec 1867