The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Orient (Schooner), aground, 12 Oct 1876

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The schr. ORIENT, which went ashore near Dexter, Lake Ontario, was released friday by the tugs CRUSADER and C.P. MOREY. While on the way to Oswego the pump became choked and the vessel commenced to fill rapidly, and in a short time she sank, stern down, and careened over on her starboard side. Her port quarters, mainmast head, main-topmast and a part of the fre-top-mast are out of water.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 16, 1876 3-5

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      The Schooner ORIENT
      The tug Morey arrived home Saturday afternoon from the scene of the sinking of the schooner ORIENT. When last seen the schooner was standing on her stern off Stony Point, a portion of her stern and mainmast out of water.
She was "jacketed," (a jacket, in seamen's language is a sail passed under the bottom) and her sinking is attributable to that oversight. There was no insurance on the vessel. It is very probable that the vessel will prove a total loss, but as soon as the storm subsides an effort will be made to raise her if she can be found. The steam pumps of the ORIENT took to the bottom belonged to J. K. Post. The schooner was not stripped and of course sunk with her entire outfit.
      Oswego Palladium
      Monday, Oct. 16, 1876

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      The Schooner Orient
      The types made us say yesterday that the schooner Orient was "jacketed" when she sunk whereas we wished to say that she was not "jacketed." A telegram was received from Captain Henderson yesterday stating that the
schooner's cabin had been swept away, but that the hull remained in about the same position.
      Oswego Palladium
      October 17, 1876


The schr. ORIENT, sunk off Stoney Pt., remains in the same position as when she first went down. She is held by her anchor, and has received no damage by the gale. it is thought she will be rescued.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 18, 1876 3-5

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The Oswego Tines says the expedition which left there Tuesday morning for the purpose of making a survey of the schr. ORIENT, returned to port Wednesday. Capt. Pappa of the tug MOREY, says the vessel will prove a total wreck. She lies in 20 or 23 ft. of water, one mile south of Stony Pt., and about 3 miles from the point where she went down. Her masts, bowsprit and rudder out, and she is bottom side up, with about 1 ft. of her bottom out of the water. Portions of the wreck, including her cabin and stove have floated ashore. The MOREY brought back the foreboom, line and 2 blocks from the wreck.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 20, 1876 2-6
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 44.00784 Longitude: -76.04437
William R. McNeil
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Orient (Schooner), aground, 12 Oct 1876