Minerva Anne (Schooner), gale damage, 25 Oct 1834
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The weather during the last week has been unprecedentedly boisterous, and it is with much regret we have to record in consequence, a disasterous accident which occurred here on Saturday night last. It had been blowing hard from the eastward all day, and towards night the gale increased so much that fears were entertained for the safety of three schooners that were lying at the wharf, ----the UNION, the MINERVA ANNE, and the JOHN CARTWRIGHT; as in the event of a sudden change in the wind toward the west, the sea ran too high to admit of their rounding the pier in safety, which it would then be necessary to do. These fears, in the case of the latter vessel were unhappily realized.
She had completed her loading of flour, barley and pot-ashes, in the afternoon and was ready for departure about five o'clock, when the captain removed the vessel to the far end of the pier, thinking no doubt to take the earliest advantage of the expected change in the wind. The change, unluckily, proved to sudden for him, and the sea it occasioned to strong, for in an instant almost, we are told, his fastenings gave way and before assistance could be rendered the vessel was on shore, where in a short time, all her deck loading, consisting of
pails, flour &c., was washed off and scattered. She has not yet been got off but we are happy to say, on examination, it is thought neither the vessel nor cargo will be nearly so much damaged as expected. Several barrels of flour not in the least injured, being so admirably packed; and it is hoped the owner of the potash &c., will be equally lucky. The MINERVA sustained some injury by her windlass giving way, and it was thought advisable to lighten her by taking off the main boom. It is expected however, she will be ready for sea again in a day or two. The UNION got away in safety.
Wednesday, October 29, 1834
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- William R. McNeil
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