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Odd Fellow (Schooner), aground, 26 Oct 1876

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      Schooner ODD FELLOW with Lumber Drifts on the Beach Below the East Pier.
Last night the schooner ODD FELLOW, with 60,000 feet of lumber from Port Hope, consigned to J.K. Post & Co., in attempting to reach this port, was struck aback by the wind from the southwest and before a tug could get her the waves, which were rolling down the lake with force, swept the vessel toward the East pier. As the schooner neared the pier both anchors were cast, but the chains parted and the vessel struck the pier near the centre, breaking her bowsprit.
Each wave that struck the unfortunate craft carried her down the lake, and after she passed the angle of the shore arm she struck the beach and was lifted high up on the shore about one hundred feet below the pier. Before she struck her deck load of lumber was swept overboard and her main boom was unshipped.
A crowd gathered on the beach, and when the vessel struck a line was passed from the shore to the after part of the vessel and the crew, numbering two men, three boys and a young girl, were landed in safety.
      The schooner was owned and commanded by James Robinson of Port Hope, and was not insured. She was rebuilt at Port Hope during the past summer, and was on her first trip. She was worth probably $2,500.
The crew commenced stripping the vessel this morning and will save most of her canvas. If the wind should go down the schooner might be got off, as she is not injured much, holding her shape well. Captain Robinson is entitled to sympathy, as he has his little all in the schooner. The young girl who was cooking on the schooner (the captain's daughter,) was brought to the shore by Capt. Charles W. Ferris of the tug Wheeler. he took the girl in his arms and waded waist deep through the water, landing her in good style with only wet feet.
      Oswego Palladium
      Thursday, October 27, 1876

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      Released from the Beach.
The powerful tug AlANSON SUMMER succeeded in pulling the schooner ODD FELLOW from the beach below the East pier the third time she straightened the line this morning, and brought her safely into port. The GARDNER lacked the necessary weight to release the ODD FELLOW and gave up the job after she broke the line. In pulling the schooner she broke the vessel's pall post, knight heads and the step to the foremast so that the spar slewed around.
The schooner is now in Goble & Macfarlane's dry dock where she will be repaired. She is warped aft similar to the Kate Kelly when she was released. The lumber in the vessel's hold remains intact and of course is uninjured except being thoroughly water soaked.
      Oswego Palladium
      Saturday, October 29 1876.

The schr. ODD FELLOW, which went ashore below the east pier at Oswego was hauled off Saturday morning by the tug SUMNER. The tug SPINNEY towed the vessel to Globe & McFarlane's drydock, where she will undergo repairs.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 30, 1876 3-5

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Got off
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.45535 Longitude: -76.5105
William R. McNeil
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Odd Fellow (Schooner), aground, 26 Oct 1876