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Jeannette (Schooner), aground, 6 Dec 1834

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The schooner JEANETTE, of Oswego, Captain James King, from Niagara with 2,700 bushels of wheat and 200 bushels of walnuts is a total wreck at Oswego. She was dashed on the the east pier. Three lives were lost, two were saved. Both ship and cargo a total loss.
      British Whig, Kingston
      December 9, 1834

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Shipwreck and Loss of Lives. - During the severe gale of Saturday night last, the schooner Jeanette, Capt. James King, arrived from Niagara with a cargo of 2700 bushels of wheat; and 2 or 300 bushels of Walnuts; and in attempting to enter our harbor, fell to the leeward of the gap between the piers and was dashed with such violence upon the East pier that in a short time she went to pieces, and melancholy to relate, Capt. King and two of the crew, Gerrit Vanalstine and Wm. Vanalstine, brothers, were drowned. The remainder of the crew consisted of two persons who saved themselves by clinging to the pier. - Capt. King was a respectable citizen of Scriba, in this county, and left a large family to deplore his untimely fate. The parents of the Vanalstines are also inhabitants of Scriba. The vessel was valued at $5000, and was owned in part by Capt. King and J. Lyon & Co. of this village.
We learn that the vessel was insured at N.W. Insurance Company of this village, to the amount of $1,800. The cargo was without insurance. Both vessel and cargo were entirely lost.
The bodies of Capt. King and Wm. Vanalstine, have been found on shore about 2-miles, and that of Gerrit Vanalstine about 3 miles East of this village.
      Oswego Palladium
      December 3, 1834

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Reason: aground
Lives: 3
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Total loss
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.45535 Longitude: -76.5105
William R. McNeil
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Jeannette (Schooner), aground, 6 Dec 1834