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Mary Ann (Schooner), lost mast, &c., 1 Nov 1819

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Another heavy gale of wind from the south west was experienced on the lake last Tuesday night. The schooner MARY ANN, Capt. Mosier, which sailed from hence on Sunday with a cargo of goods, and a great number of passengers, had got within a few miles of York, when she was overtaken by the squall, and forced to return to this port with the total loss of her foretopsail and foremast. Her mainmast also was sprung.
      Kingston Chronicle
      December 3, 1819

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      We learn by a small vessel which arrived from Oswego on Wednesday last, that the schooner MARY ANN, John Mosier master, narrowly escaped being wrecked near that port about a fortnight since. The MARY ANN left Kingston in a storm of sleet on Thursday the 9th. instant, laden with goods for York, and with a great number of passengers, Having passed the Duck Islands, she was proceeding with a fair wind, though against a heavy sea raised by a previous gale from the westward, when a series of disasters befel her which effectually prevented her from reaching her destined port.
The sleet which in falling, adhered to every part of the sails and rigging, soon rendering them unpliant and the ship became unmanageable. The jib, foresail and mainsail were successively torn to pieces by the wind ,the mainnast was sprung in three places and finally went over the side, carrying with it the greater part of the foremast.
In this criopled state the vessel was left totally at the mercy of the elements,and was driven towards the south shore about three miles above Oswego. An anchor was thrown out, as she approached the shore, which fortunately brought her up about daylight on Friday morning. At this tine the wind was blowing violently, the weather was excessively cold, and a tremendous surf kept beating against the vessel, which rendered her situation with all on board exceedingly perilous. The cable however proved to be good and enabled her to ride out the stern until Sunday, when the weather moderated and permitted the people from the shore to assist in bringing her into the port of Oswego.
Great praise is certainly due to the inhabitants of Oswego for their unwearied attention in watching the schooner while she lay at anchor for upwards of two days. For though they could not during the continuance of the storm reach the vessel, or render any effectunl assistance to the persons on board, we understand that they kept fires lighted on the land during the night, and were provided with blankets and buffalo skins, that in case the cable should have parted and the vessel been driven on shore, they might be prepared to yeild every succor in their pwer to the distressed....
      the fate of the MARY ANN, is another added to the many, forner proofs of the risks attending the navigntion of Lake Ontario at this late period, when gales of wind are as frequent as they are violent, and are moreover often accompanied by storms of snow or sleet which becoming encrusted upon the sails and rigging render them unmanageable on the change of wind, aind nautical skills useless..
      We lament to learn a report, that three other vessels were wrecked in the gale of the 10th inst. on the United States shore.
      The MARY ANN, of Brockville, which left this about the same time with Captain Mosier effected her passage to York, which port she reached in safety last Saturday.....
      Kingston Chronicle
      December 24, 1819

      Palladium Marine List - Port of Oswego
Dec. 10, Schr HENRIETTA, Kent, from Kingston.
      " MARIA MILLER from do
      " TRAVELLER, Coffin, do
Dec. 12 Schr. MARY-ANN, Mosier, with a cargo of goods and forty passengers from Kingston, bound to York, dismasted in the gale of the 10th inst.
Dec. 13 MORNING STAR, Bush, from Genesee
      ¬≥ MUNROE, Hubbard, from Lewiston.
Dec. 8 Schr. BETSEY, Gillis, for Lewiston, cargo salt.
      Oswego Palladium
      December 16, 1819

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    Latitude: 43.795555 Longitude: -77.905555
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Mary Ann (Schooner), lost mast, &c., 1 Nov 1819