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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Friday, November 21, 1879

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News from the Stranded Vessels -- The Schooner Ashore at South Bay -- Another Vessel Breaks from her Anchorage but Gets into Oswego -- A Plucky Sailor -- Condition of the Gerrit Smith -- Vessels in Lake Ontario Ports.

PORT HURON, NOV. 21 -- a Sand Beach, Michigan, special says: The barge Prairie State, which went on a reef last night, has gone to pieces. Two men are missing. The barge Lewis Wells has gone to pieces. The bodies of her captain, Little, of Saginaw and a sailor named Wood of London, were found. Wm. Ogden, a sailor, and two others are missing. The tow barge Wm. Raynor, also on a reef, will probably be a total wreck. Crew all saved. The tug Whiting and schooner Hutchinson sunk, but probably not damaged much. The crew of the schooner suffered terribly, but finally were rescued by a volunteer crew who manned a new life saving boat recently sent there by the government and for which no regular crew has been appointed.


Capt. O'Hagan of the schooner Dominion which parted her anchor chains at South Bay yesterday morning and went ashore at Ford's shoal, three miles above this city, returned from the vessel at eight A. M., today. He was looking after his effects and says he was struck by the sea and washed off. He reports the seas very heavy and the schooner pounding hard. She is lying broadside against the beach in four feet of water at the bow and two feet at the stern. Her foremast has gone through the bottom and the rigging is loose. The captain thinks her bottom is pretty well pounded out of her and that she is fast breaking up. The Dominion is registered as follows for 1879: Tonnage, 89; built at Wellington by D. Tait in August, 1867; owned by E. Flynn & S.; hailed from Napanee; valued at $ 2,000; classes B 2; remarks -- flat'; no bilge pumps; repaired in 1876. As stated yesterday, captain O'Hagan says that he with E. W. Rathbun owns the Dominion; that she was valued at $ 1,800, and was insured for $ 1,000 in the Western of Toronto.


The schooner H. P. Murray of Oakville, captain William Reed, arrived with lumber from Brockville at 11 o'clock last night. He left Brockville Tuesday last, ran into Cape Vincent Tuesday, when he started for Oswego, but sought refuge at South Bay; arriving there Wednesday evening, when he anchored. Between 4 and 5 P. M. yesterday his chains parted and he made sail for Oswego. Captains, who saw him enter the harbor, say that he ran in handsomely, the seas washing high over the piers.


Capt. O'Hagan of the schooner Dominion yesterday reported that when he was driven out of South Bay yesterday morning a schooner was ashore on Gull bar. Captain Read says there were six or seven vessels anchored at South Bay but he could not give their names except one, the Picton. (The names of this fleet were printed yesterday as given by Capt. O'Hagan). He says the vessel ashore on Gull bar was flying light and away over on her side; heavy seas were rolling over her and he thinks she will prove a total loss. He also thinks the crew are safe and that she ran on Wednesday night. The captain thought the vessel a black one and that she is the New Dominion, but it is doubtful whether it is the New Dominion of the Wood Duck. Captain Davis of the schooner E. H. Rutherford, who left the New Dominion at Hamilton late last week, thinks it cannot be the New Dominion ashore at South Bay because there were no loads at Hamilton and her captain talked of laying her up. Other captains think she would not be near South Bay anyway. Some feel sure that it is the Wood Duck, Capt. Marks, which sailed from there light, Wednesday morning for Wellington.


Captain Read also reports a black fore and after, laden, riding at anchor about eight miles south or southeast of the Ducks. He could not tell whether she was in distress. It is thought she is the Riverside, which left here Wednesday for Detroit, with coal.


The schooner Trade Wind, Captain Keith, left Whitby at 4 P. M. yesterday, with barley for Irwin & Sloan, and arrived here at 11:30 A. M. today, having made a good run over and observing nothing unusual except the formation of considerable ice at Whitby. He met nothing on the trip. A man who would voluntarily start out to cross Lake Ontario in such a storm as raged yesterday must be insensible to fear and cannot have an over developed bump of caution.


Special despatch to the Palladium:

CHARLOTTE, NOV. 21 -- Steamer Oswego Belle, schrs. Queen of the Lakes, Marysburg, Dauntless, and scow Kitty, all bound up, are here. No disasters reported here.


Special despatch to the Palladium:

SODUS POINT, NOV. 21 -- The schooners Marquis, Bentley, and barge Johnson are in the bay. The schooner Gerrit Smith is aground at the piers. Think the vessel can be saved, though she may lose part of her cargo of lumber.

The Gerrit Smith had lumber from Saginaw for O. M. Bond. Mr. Geo. Goble, her owner, left for Sodus Point this morning.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Friday, November 21, 1879