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Argyle (Schooner), storm damage, 13 Jul 1844

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NARROW ESCAPE. - The schooner ARGYLE, Capt. Teal, came into port on Saturday evening in a crippled condition, having encountered a severe squall at 3 o'clock on the morning of that day, about 7 miles S. W. of Gravelly Bay. The squall first struck her aback, her foresail being in and jib partly hauled down, which it took instantly out of the bolt rope, leaving no other than her reefed mainsail which was partly settled away; and in this condition was thrown on her beam end. After the squall, which lasted but a few minutes was over, the passengers and crew took to the small boat and pulled to windward, in which direction a vessel was seen which proved to be the schooner TOM CORWIN, Capt. Case. Upon being made acquainted with the situation of the ARGYLE, Capt. Case immediately ran down to the wreck, and while making arrangements to right her, the schooner HURON, Capt. Conley, was seen to the southward standing across by the wind. Signals were made which brought her sufficiently near to learn the condition of the wrecked vessel, and upon the paltry excuse of having no teacles, and although being informed by Capt. Case that nothing was required but throat hallyards, filled her topsails and stood away. While Capt. Case with his crew were rendering assistance, the Canadian schooner CHAPMAN, Captain Cannon, came up, and with the help of the crews, the vessel was righted and cleared of water by 4 o'clock, enabling her to reach port the same evening.
      Capt. Teal wishes to express his warm acknowledgments to Captains Case and Cannon, and their crews, for their timely aid and the kind and good will with which it was rendered. Of the conduct of Capt. Conley every one can make his own comment.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      July 15, 1844 2 - 2

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Reason: storm damage
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Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.90012 Longitude: -79.23288
William R. McNeil
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Argyle (Schooner), storm damage, 13 Jul 1844