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Acontias (Schooner), U1394, aground, 1 Nov 1872


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A dispatch from Oswego to Capt. E.P. Dorr, says: "Schr. ACONTIAS, with cargo of iron ore for Detroit, put back with loss of jibboom. On entering the harbor the tow-line slipped, and the vessel went ashore outside the pier, but is now off and inside the harbor sunk."
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 18, 1872 3-5


      Narrow Escape of the Schooner Acontias From Going Ashore - Rescued in a Sinking Condition.
The schooner Acontias, Captain Gotham, cleared from this port last night about nine o¹clock, bound for Detroit, laden with railroad a pig iron, with a fair prospect of making a good run to the canal, but when she was opposite Little Sodus, the wind veered to the southwest and came in puffs, one of which carried away her jibboom.
Knowing it was impossible to work up the lake without a jibboom, the vessel was put about to return to this port, which she made about two o¹clock this morning, and was taken in tow by the tug Morey. The tow line was not properly fastened on board of the tug and it slipped and rendered until the vessel was inside of the piers when it got away from the tug entirely.
The strong current of the river carried the vessel out into the lake again, and before the tug could get to her, she was drifting along down the East Pier pounding on the bottom and against the pier. To save the vessel from
drifting on to the beach behind the Fort, a short distance below, a seaman jumped on the pier with a line and fastened it to a spile, which held her until the tug got around in position, when she was towed back into the
harbor leaking badly.
She was taken inside of the West Pier near Goble & Macfarlane¹s dock, and sank in about ten feet of water. A steam pump will be put to work today to raise the vessel, after which she will go into the drydock for repairs. With
the heavy seas rolling in at the time, the vessel was fortunate in getting away from the pier and not sinking there.
      Oswego Palladium
      Monday, November 18, 1872


      Schooner ACONTIAS. U. S. No. 1394. Of 264.40 gross tons; 251.18 tons net. Built Detroit, Mich., 1866. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 136.5 x 25.8 x 10.5
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885
     
     
NOTE:-- Schooner ACONTIAS. U. S. No. 1394. Of 264 tons gross. Built Oswego, N.Y., 1856 137.0 x 25.8 x 11.3. Rebuilt in 1866 at Detroit.
      Herman Runge List
     
     


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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: iron ore
Remarks: Got off
Date of Original:
1872
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Local identifier:
McN.W.19156
Language of Item:
English
  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.45535 Longitude: -76.5105
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Acontias (Schooner), U1394, aground, 1 Nov 1872