The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Cleveland Weekly Herald (Cleveland, OH), Tuesday, November 14, 1822

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Sackett's Harbor, Oct. 11.


Loss of the Schooner APPOLONA, W. Merritt, Master. This vessel left Oswego on the evening of the 14th inst. partly laden with potash, salt and about 16 tons of stone ballast, bound to Genesee. About half past 10, P. M. Oswego light bearing E.S.E. 18 or 20 miles distant, and about 16 miles from land, the schooner, lying to under close reef'd foresail, in a heavy squall rising from the west, the vessel was struck by lightning---the master and crew on deck all knocked down, the tiller rudder head, binnacle, windlass, bulk-head, cabin stairs, all shattered to pieces; then the lightning stove the pumps, potash and salt barrels, and went out the larboard side, tearing of a streak of plank about a foot below the waters edge; we then prepared the boat, and five in number got in, and the vessel sunk in fifteen minutes from the time she was struck; the first sea that came filled the boat half full of water, the wind blowing N.W. with a heavy combing sea, kept her before it, and about an hour before day, landed 13 miles below Oswego. The Master was very much injured in his sight and hearing, but is fast recovering

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Cleaveland is the proper spelling at that date.
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Tuesday, November 14, 1822
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William R. McNeil
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Cleveland Weekly Herald (Cleveland, OH), Tuesday, November 14, 1822