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Genie (Schooner), aground, 23 Nov 1842

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DISASTERS BY THE GALE. -- Our list of disasters by the late gale is extended further. The Painesville Telegraph of the 23d instant has the following:
      The storm came on so sudden that vessels, even within a mile of port were unable to reach it. Some eight or ten vessels endeavored to run into Fairport harbor, but the attempt was unsuccessful. They were forced to cast anchor outside the harbor. The schooner BEN FRANKLIN was driven on the bar a few rods from shore, about a mile below the harbor, on Friday morning. The crew were saved from perishing by the exertions of the citizens of Fairport, and were got off on Saturday afternoon. She had on board about 30 tons railroad iron, and some 250 bbls. salt
      The schooner ALLEGAN was thrown nearly high and dry on the beach, a few rods above the FRANKLIN. She had no cargo, and will probably be got off with an expense of about $300.
      The schooner GENII ( Genie ?) , after remaining at anchor and weathering the storm during Thursday night, cut her cables on Friday morning, expecting to drift ashore. But she was carried out into the lake, and the crew being in a suffering condition, hoisted signals of distress, and were blown down the lake. It is rumored she went ashore on the point some five miles below. The GENII lost two of her crew when the gale first struck her on Thursday night.
      The schooner MERCHANT was within two miles of Cleveland when the storm came on. She was capsized twice, and lost one man. She endeavored to make Fairport harbor, but did not succeed until Sunday morning. She is now in port, together with some half dozen other vessels, that were her companions in distress during the storm.
      The Buffalo Commercial of the 23d, has the following additional particulars:
      The MARSHAL NEY, reported to be lost, made the harbor at Ashtabula, and escaped without much injury.
      The TIPPICANOE also is safe at Cleveland. The N. HUBBARD, Hatch, wrecked off Conneaut, was yesterday visited by Capt. Harris, of the ISSAC SMITH, and no one found on board, the small boat gone; The vessel lay with her head down and stern out. As nothing has been heard from any of the crew, the probility is that all perished. The only names of the crew we have learned are Harlow Vosburg & --- Conklin.
      The former master of the vessel, Wilbur, left her a few weeks ago, and she has since been in charge of the mate, who is reported to be at Cleveland--he not being on board at the time of the gale.
      THE BRANDYWINE. -- We learn from Sheriffs Brown and Smith, who were officially called upon to protect the effects drifting ashore from this vessel, that she lies among the rocks about 18 miles from this city, a total wreck. A passenger named Otis Burton, of Mendon, Monroe Co., was found on board, with some $18 of Rochester money on his person. None of the crew were found. All the flour, about 120 bbls., was saved--the cargo of wheat lost.
      The names of those supposed to be lost, are Fred. Tubbs; Gen. Whittington and brother, mate and cook, Erastus Wood and another hand.
      One of the hands lost overboard from the schooner MERCHANT, was named Jacob Beazer, of this city. The name of the other man lost has not been ascertained.
      The same paper of the 24th has the following:
      The steamer CONSTELLATION, Capt. Hazard, arrived this morning from Detroit with a full cargo of flour, &c., During the gale she lay 48 hours at the Middle Sisters, with her engine crippled, but finally succeeded in getting into Detroit in safety. By her we learn that the GREAT WESTERN was hard aground on the Flats, and the WISCONSIN is similary situated in a leaky condition further up west. The brig INDIANA was aground at the foot of Hog Island, Detroit River. The brig ILLINOIS had reached the mouth of Detroit River for the upper lakes, but got aground in coming out, and was towed off by the CONSTELLATION.
      The ROCKY MOUNTAIN and COLUMBIA were loaded and bound down. ALERT, from Monroe, in ballast, lost an anchor and chain. The R. HUNTER was also towed out, and may be expected here tonight. The B. BARTON was at Detroit.
      Erie Gazette
      December 1, 1842

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Genie (Schooner), aground, 23 Nov 1842