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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Saturday, November 13, 1880


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THE SCHR. CORTEZ WRECKED
Her Crew Saved but the Vessel Going to Pieces.

About 6 o'clock last evening information was received here that the schr. Cortez, Capt. John Farrell, with 19,000 bu. Of wheat from Milwaukee, for Hastings & Co., was ashore three miles from Woodville, Jefferson county, her crew safe, but a hole in the vessel and likely to go to pieces. This confirmed the fears that the vessel which went by here about noon, subsequently reported by the Texas life station as standing in, apparently about to go ashore, and then standing out for Stoney passage, was the Cortez. The vessel is owned by Mr. M. J. Cummings, rates A 2, valued at $12,000 and insured for $8,000. The cargo is fully insured. The following dispatches were received last night in relation to her:

NEAR STONEY CREEK.

Special dispatch to the Palladium:

Henderson, Nov. 12 ­ The vessel reported by me was the Cortez. She lays about one and a half miles up the beach from Stoney Creek. No other vessels in sight at dark.

RESCUE OF THE CREW.

Capt. Wm. Jenkins of the schr. Fiat received the following dispatch from Woodville: "The schooner came ashore near Joseph Southwick's. The life saving crew did not get around. George Wood, Frank and Charley Tyler, Burt Nutting and your Joseph went out in Armstrong's seine boat and got the crew off all right."

GONE TO THE WRECK.

Capt. John Griffin left this morning for the wreck.

SAILS CARRIED AWAY.

Special dispatch to the Palladium:

Woodville, Nov. 13 ­ The schooner Cortez went ashore yesterday three miles north of Big Sandy Creek. Some of her sails were carried away. Crew all saved by Capt. George Manor, Wood and a picked crew with a fish boat. She is loaded with twenty thousand bushels of wheat for Oswego. The vessel is lying still in the sand, but it is thought she will go to pieces.

REGISTER AND INSURANCE.

The Cortez registers as follows: Tonage 308; built at Oswego, by J. Navagh in September, 1855, owned by M. J. Cummings, hailed from Oswego, valued at $10,200, classed A 2-1/2, repaired in '78 and '79. The hull is insured in Fancuil Hall, $8,000; Greenwich, $5,000. Cargo, in the Phoenix $11,000; Burffalo, Pacific, Mutual, Toledo and Mercantile of Cleveland, $11,000. The freight list was insured in the Orient Mutual.

WHY SHE WENT ASHORE.

We have been trying all day to find out why the Cortez went ashore ­ whether she was disabled, lost her reckoning or what. Having no success we finally asked the operator at Woodville the plain question, "What made the Cortez go ashore?" We have got his answer and we know. The answer is "The wind." It has required a good deal of telegraphing to find out, but we are glad to have the information by telegraph and from such high authority on wind.

DESPATCH FROM CAPT. GRIFFIN.

Capt. Griffin telegraph Mr. Cummings: "Cargo will be total loss; hull will be unless wind goes down soon; cabin, bulwarks and hatches washed ashore; crew will leave here at 9 o'clock tonight." Capt. Griffin says nothing about the cause of the vessel's going ashore.


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Date of Original:
Saturday, November 13, 1880
Local identifier:
GLN.5292
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
Richard Palmer
Copyright Statement:
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Saturday, November 13, 1880