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Medora (Schooner), aground, 11 Nov 1835


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The Late Gale - On the night of the 11th inst. a severe gale occurred on Lake Ontario which has proved very disastrous in the loss of life and property. The schooner Medora, owned by Mr. T. Wyman of this village, commanded by Capt. Morse, and bound from Cleveland to this port, with a cargo of upwards of 3,000 bushels of wheat was driven upon Stoney Island in Mexico Bay, and is entirely a wreck. The cew, consisting of Capt. Archibald
Morse, Hezekiah Morse, Nelson Hurns, Benj. Duxenbury, Henry Hill, -- King and two passengers, viz: Mr. Thaddeus Clark, a highly respectable citizen of this village, and a person who took passage at St. Catharines, have all, it is supposed, found a watery grave.
We also learn that the schooner Robert Bruce, of Henderson Harbor, and the schr. Margaret and Ann, a British vessel, are also lost - particulars unknown.
On Lake Erie, we learn the gale proved most destructive, but are as yet unable to give particulars.
At Buffalo, it is said the waters were driven by the gale far beyond their usual barriers and deluged a large portion of the lower part of the city, sweeping away buildings and filling warehouses, and destroying an immense amount of salt and merchandize.
The vessels in the harbor and the canal boats were all forced from their moorings and sustained great damage. A gentleman from Buffalo estimates the loss sustained by that city by the gale of upwards of $200,000.
      Oswego Palladium
      November 18, 1835

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The Late Gale. - In addition to the particulars which we published in our last of the loss of life and property by the gale of the 11th inst., we are enabled to give the following:
      The schooner Robert Bruce of Henderson, Jefferson co., left Kingston, U.C. on the morning of the 11th bound for Hallowell, was wrecked, and her crew consisting of Benhamin Chandler, Daniel Johnson, Albert Dye and one other, and a passenger named Elias Everett of Watertown, were lost. The wreck drifted on Henderson point on Saturday night, and the coat and wallet of Mr. Everett containing $719 and papers of value were recovered from the cabin.
      A British schooner was run ashore near Three Mile Bay, a complete wreck - crew saved.
The schooner New York of this port, was run ashore in Chaumont Bay - crew saved. It is thought that she will be got off without much damage.
It is feared that the schooners Buckley and Willis, of this port, the former belonging to Messrs. M. Whitney and E.W. Clark, with a cargo of wheat for Mr. T. Wyman, and the latter belonging to Mr. T. Wyman with a full cargo of wheat for the owner, are lost on Lake Erie, together with their crews. Both vessels and cargoes were insured by the North Western Insurance Company in this village.
      Oswego Palladium
      Wednesday, November 25, 1835

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      From the Kingston Chronicle
DISASTERS ON LAKE ONTARIO.---We regret to have to add, additional details to what appeared in our last, of the melancholy effects of the gale of Wednesday.
      The schooner ROBERT BRUCE, belonging to Kingston was totally lost, and her crew consisting of three men, named Chanlet, Johnston and Cook, with a passenger by the name of Everitt, have all perished.
      The schooner MEDORA, was driven on shore near Sandy Creek, and all on board drowned, about a mile to the south of the above wreck, is the remains of another schooner, but in so disfigured a state, that her name could not be ascertained---all hands lost. Both of these last mentioned vessels were supposed to be from Lake Erie, they having been laden with wheat and walnuts.
The schooner NEW YORK, is ashore in Chaumont Bay---crew saved, she is expected to be got off.
Another schooner is ashore on Point Peninsula, a total wreck. We have not heard of her name---crew saved.
The BIRMINGHAM, late the UNITED KINGDOM, steam boat, was driven from her moorings at Oswego, and struck on the shoals. She was only partly laden at the time, having on board 100 barrels of salt and about 15 tons of merchandise.
      Cobourg Star
      Wednesday, November 25, 1835

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      THE LATE GALE. -On the night of the 11th. inst. a severe gale occurred on Lake Ontario, which has proven very disastrous in the loss of life and property The schooner MEDORA, owned by Mr. T. Wyman, of this village, commanded by Capt. Morse, and bound from Cleveland to this port, with a cargo of upwards of 3,000 bushels of wheat was driven upon Stoney Island in Mexico Bay, and is entirely a wreck. The crew consisting of Capt. Archibald Morse, Hezekiah Morse, Nelson Burns, Benj. Duzenbury, Henry Hill, --- King, and two passengers, have all, it is supposed found a watery grave.
We also learn that the schooner ROBERT BRUCE, of Henderson Harbor, and the schr. MARGARET AND ANN, a British vessel, are also lost---particulars not known. - Oswego Palladium
      Buffalo Daily Star
      Wednesday, November 25, 1835


"On Tuesday morning, as we did hear,
The MEDORA from the canal did steer,
Twas cast-north-east they did her steer,
Bound for Oswego, as we did hear.

They had not sailed long before.
The winds did blow, the seas did roar,
Which caused them to lament full sore,
And strive to gain some port on shore.

The winds increased all the night,
Which did the seamen much afright,
The captain says 'with us tis o'er.
We never more shall reach the shore!

On Wednesday morning, at break of day,
Two men were found upon the lake;
We did them from the water take,
And carried them to a solemn place.

Their names we now would hear describe -
One Trudeu Clark we can't deny;
There was Mr. Hezeekiah Morse,
Who from the water we took first

There's one name more for to describe -
T'was Mr. Duzenberry drown'd
He was the last that came on shore,
And still we looked and searched for more.

And when their bodies we did find,
It was a dreadful solumn time,
To see the people flocking round,
To seethe corpses on the ground,

But oh' how dreadful to relate,
There's flour men more lies in the lake!
Lays floating this wide lake all o'er,
Which grieves their parents' hearts full sore..

But oh! how dreadful for to hear,
The parents mourning far and near;
For their poor children in the deep,
Which causes many all for to weep

Thus one by one on board were lost,
Till eight poor were drown'd at last;
Were drowned - buried in the deep,
Which caused many for to weep.
     
Part of a poem on the loss of the Medora
      published in the Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, April 15, 1848



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Reason: aground
Lives: 8
Freight: wheat, walnuts
Remarks: Total loss ?
Date of Original:
1835
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McN.W.14001
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William R. McNeil
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Medora (Schooner), aground, 11 Nov 1835