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New York (Schooner), aground, 15 Sep 1839

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Wreck of the American schooner NEW YORK, of Oswego, and the loss of all her Crew.
      We have a letter from Mr. Rose, of Marysburgh, saying that the wreck of the above named schooner came ashore in their harbour on the 15th instant. Two bodies have been found; all the crew must have perished; part of the cargo (staves) and the rigging of the vessel have been saved. We shall give Mr. Rose's account in our next.
Kingston Chronicle & Gazette
      September 18, 1839
      (Contributed by Rick Neilson)

THE WRECK ON LAKE ONTARIO. -- We learn by the oswego papers, that the schooner lost on lake Ontario during the blow of Sept. 14th and 15th, was the NEW YORK, Capt. Carlisle, of Oswego, with a crew of six men, all lost. The schooner belonged to Messrs. Bronson & Crocker of Oswego, and the wreck went ashore on the 15th between Kingston and Port Hope, on the Canada side.
      Cleveland Herald & Gazette
      Monday, September 30, 1839

      LOSS OF THE SCHOONER "NEW YORK" --- We have mentioned the loss of the Schooner NEW YORK, on Lake Ontario, during a severe gale on the 15th. inst. The following particulars of the melancholy event we copy from the Kingston Chronicle. They are contained in a letter from John Rose, Esq.
"Today has been exhibited in this place an awful scene; during the severe gale of yesterday a vessel was discovered some eight or ten miles from shore, apparently in an ungovernable situation. At about 12 o'clock she neared the land so as to be distinctly seen, when it was discovered she was lying on her beam ends, driven forward by a mighty sea towards the shore. On crossing the bar at the entrance of the bay, whither she was approaching, she struck and went to pieces. Two men were then discovered clinging to a piece of the deck - one was soon washed off. Attempts were made to launch a small boat into the boiling surf, but all efforts were unavailling; the sea ran so high it was utterly impossible. He was cheered and encouraged from the shore for some time. At length, weary and exhausted, he was washed from the piece he held, and sank to rise no more.
Today the inhabitants have been busily engaged in saving what the fury of the waves have spared, consisting of masts, yards, blocks, rigging, &c. The vessel was laden with staves, a large quantity of which came on shore, and have been saved. In sounding around the wreck, two men were found lashed to the main shrouds; one had lashed himself by the middle, the other around his arm, and in this situation were driven ashore with the wreck: one man is apparently about 30 years of age, sandy hair, large whiskers, about four feet eight or nine inches in height; had on a course roundabout, and cloth vest, course canvas trousers. In his pocket were found a small pocket book containing L1. 3S. 4d in silver, but no papers to designate his name or place of residence; the other was about twenty one or two; dark brown hair, fair complexion, had on a pair of fustian trousers, and over them a pair of course canvas ones, striped cotton shirt, but no coat or vest. It is expected that there are still more under the wreck, which is now lying bottom upwards, in about seven feet water; neither of the two men seen from shore has yet been found. From the size of the vessel it would be supposed to require a crew of eight or nine persons; all on board, however, be they many or few, have perished."
The Oswegp Herald says.--The NEW YORK was under charge of Captain George Carlisle, of this village, an excellent officer, and esteemed citizen; and her crew is supposed to have consisted of six men. She left the Welland Canal on the 13th. or 14th., bound to French Creek.
      Cleveland Daily Herald
      Wednesday, October 2, 1839 p.2 col.2

      Mr. Rose, of Marysburgh, whose letter we gave, in our last, informs us that the body of the captain of the ill-fated NEW YORK, was found on Sunday morning the 22nd inst. There were $37 and his clearance from the port of Cleveland in his pocket. He is the same person who clung so long to the wreck, being easily distinguished by his dress. The bodies of the two men formerly found have been decently interred by the inhabitants of Marysburgh, the Coroner having first held an inquest over them. -- Kingston (U.C.) Herald
      Cleveland Daily Herald
      Friday, October 14, 1839 p.3 col.3

Hull of an Old Wreck Found. - Milford, Ontario, Aug. 5. - The hull of the schooner NEW YORK, of Oswego, N.Y., wrecked off Petticoat Shoal near Point Traverse, fifty-five years ago, when nine men lost their lives, has been found in four fathoms of water, about half a mile from shore. The schooner belonged to Bronson & Crocker, of Oswego, and at the time of the wreck was loaded with pipe staves.
The place where the NEW YORK was found is now called South Bay Point, fifty miles north of Oswego. The captain of the vessel was named Carlisle and his widow is now an inmate of the Old Ladies Home. A Palladium reporter called this afternoon to see her, but was informed that she was at present confined to her bed by sickness and unable to receive anyone.
      The NEW YORK was built in Detroit in 1838 for Bronson & Crocker, of this city. Whether she was wrecked in a storm, sprung a leak, or hit the shoal was never known. She was one of the finest vessels of her time.
      Oswego Palladium
      Wed., August 7, 1895
The hull of the old Schooner NEW YORK of Oswego, which was wrecked fifty five years ago, near Point Traverse, has just been found in four fathoms water, half a mile from shore. Nine men lost their lives in this wreck.
      Marine Record
      August 8, 1895

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Reason: aground
Lives: 6
Freight: staves
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    Latitude: 43.948055 Longitude: -76.865
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New York (Schooner), aground, 15 Sep 1839