The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Ainsworth (Schooner), aground, 11 Nov 1846

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      The wind commenced blowing strongly from the north west about three o'clock yesterday morning, and soon increased to a fearful gale, which continued with little abatement during the day. The waters of the lake were in a frightful commotion, and the effects of the blow were felt within the walls of our harbor Two vessels broke from their moorings just within the west pier and were driven on the rocks at the foot of Fort Ontario.
      One of them, the AINSWORTH, of Cleveland, was dismasted and thrown on her beam ends, where she now lies a total wreck. She was cleared only the day previous with a cargo of salt for Cleveland. The Canadian schooner GRAMPUS is the other vessel wrecked. She had recently been repaired and refitted - having lost two masts and been otherwise injured in the gale of October, and was to have left yesterday morning with a heavy cargo of oak timber. The crews of the two vessels were taken off in the morning by the yawl of the Revenue Cutter.
      The Argus, Kingston
      December 1, 1846

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      A severe storm of wind and snow, accompanied by extreme cold, raged with increasing violence day and night Wednesday and Thursday (11/26). The blow exceeded if possible, in severity, the storm of last week. Had not most of the shipping of this lake been in port or ashore it would have doubtless suffered severely. The only accident that we have come to our knowledge occurred in our own harbor. A small Kingston schooner which came over after the timber of the GRAMPUS, went ashore Thursday morning on the rocks further up and inland from that vessel. Four vessels are now lying on the rocks within the circut of a few rods. Two of them may be got off without serious injury. The others, Canadian bark GRAMPUS and schooner AINSWORTH, are badly damaged and will probably prove total wrecks. - Oswego Adv. Nov. 28
      Rochester Tribune
      December 2, 1846

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: salt
Remarks: Total loss ?
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.45535 Longitude: -76.5105
William R. McNeil
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Ainsworth (Schooner), aground, 11 Nov 1846