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Appelona (Schooner), sunk, 14 Oct 1822


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Sackett's harbor, Oct. 11.
      DREADFUL SHIPWRECK.
Loss of the Schooner APPOLONA, W. Merrit, Master. This vessel left Oswego on the evening of the 14th inst. partly laden with potash, salt and about 16 tons of stone ballast, bound to Genesee. About half past 10, P. M. Oswego light bearing E.S.E. 18 or 20 miles distant, and about 16 miles from land, the schooner, lying to under close reef'd foresail, in a heavy squall rising from the west, the vesel was struck by lightning---the master and crew on deck all knocked down, the tiller, rudder head, binnacle, windlass, bulk-head, cabin stairs, all shattered to pieces; then the lightning stove the pumps, potash and salt barrels, and went out the larboard side, tearing of a streak of plank about a foot below the waters edge; we then prepared the boat, and five in number got in, and the vessel sunk in fifteen minutes from the time she was struck; the first sea that came filled the boat half full of water, the wind blowing N.W. with a heavy combing sea, kept her before it, and about an hour before day, landed 13 miles below Oswego. The Master was very much injured in his sight and hearing, but is fast recovering.
      Cleaveland Weekly Herald
      Tuesday, November 14, 1822

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Dreadful Shipwreck. - The schr. APELLONA, W. Merritt, master, sailed from Oswego the 14th inst. bound to Genesee. About half past 9 p.m. same day, 16 miles from land, a heavy squall arose from the west, and the vessel was struck by lightning, which knocked down the master and all the crew, and injured the vessel so much that she sunk in fifteen minutes after she was struck. Having prepared the boat five in number got in, and about an hour before day, landed 15 miles below Oswego. The master was very much injured in his sight and hearing, but is fast recovering.
      Geneva (N.Y. ) Gazette
      Wednesday, October 30, 1822

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      From the Sacket's Harbor Republican, Oct. 18.
DREADFUL SHIPWRECK - Loss of the Schr. APPELONA, W. Merrill. - This vessel left Oswego on the evening of the 14th inst., partly laden with pot-ashes, salt, and about 16 tons of salt ballast, bound to Genesee; about half past 10 P.M. Oswego light bearing E.S.E. 18 or 20 miles distant, and about 16 miles from land, the schr. lying to under a close reef'd fore sail, and a heavy squall rising from the west, the vessel was struck by lightning, the master and crew on deck all knocked down, the tiller, rudder head, binnacle, windlass, bulkhead, cabin stairs, all shattered to pieces; then the lightning stove the pumps, potash and salt barrels, and went out of the larboard side, tearing off a streak of plank about a foot below the water's edge; we then prepared the boat, and five in number got in, and the vessel sunk in fifteen minutes from the time she was struck. The first sea that came, filled the boat half full of water; the wind blowing N.W. with a heavy combing sea, kept her before it, and in about an hour before day, landed 13 miles below Oswego. The master was very much injured in his sight and hearing, but is fast recovering.
      Geneva Palladium
      November 6, 1822

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      The schr. APPELTON, W. Merritt, master, while bound up Lake Ontario, was on the 14th ult., about 10 o'clock P.M., struck by lightning, during a heavy squall -- the master and crew were knocked down, and the vessel was much shattered, when they recovered from the shock, the master and crew took to the boat, and the vessel went down in fifteen minutes after they left her. She was laden with salt, &c., and bound from Oswego to Genesee.
      Detroit Gazette
      November 15, 1822

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: salt, &c.
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1822
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McN.W.19944
Language of Item:
English
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.795555 Longitude: -77.905555
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Appelona (Schooner), sunk, 14 Oct 1822