The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Orient (Schooner), capsized, 18 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

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

      Total Loss of the Schooner Orient.
      The expedition which went to the schooner Orient yesterday on the tug Morey, returned to port last evening. The schooner was found about a half a mile from Stoney Point, on the south side, three or four miles from where
she was left last Friday night, a complete wreck and bottom up.
      Both masts are broken and the hull is partly sunk in about eighteen feet of water. The bottom shows rough usage. A large hole being through one of the bilges, several butts sprung and the plank "broomed," are evidences that the schooner must have pounded heavily on the beach. Her bowsprit remains attached to the hull by the chains, but the jibboom is standing almost upright where she was left Friday.
      The tug brought back a greater portion of the line which the tugs had attached to her when she went down, and some of the booms and gaff. If the weather permits an effort will be made to such of the outfits as can be
found. The two pumps, owned by J.K. Post, which were on the schooner when she went down, are of course lost. The loss to the owner of the vessel, Messrs. Best and Faulkner, is quite heavy (having no insurance), as she was
worth, even in these dull times, $12,000.
      Oswego Palladium
      Thurs., Oct. 19, 1876

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: 44.24839 Longitude: -75.77606
William R. McNeil
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Orient (Schooner), capsized, 18 Oct 1876