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Seabird (Schooner), aground, 4 Oct 1880

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There was a very severe storm on the lake last night. The schooners MARY FOSTER and SEABIRD, both of Trenton, with lumber, are ashore at Oswego. The crews of both vessels were rescued by crews of the life saving station.
      Kingston Whig-Standard
      Tuesday, October 5, 1880

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The schooner SEABIRD, of Trenton, was hauled off the bar at Oswego yesterday. She was much damaged.
The captain of the SEABIRD, ashore at Oswego, is from Kingston, and is named Cameron.
      Kingston Whig-Standard
      Wednesday, October 6, 1880

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      A Sudden gale on Lake Ontario- Vessels Driven in Port. The SEABIRD, BAGLEY and Canal Boat Ashore.
      The Yacht RIPPLE's Cruise _ the Schr. MORNING STAR on the Beach.
The sudden and violent squall of yesterday afternoon, which made vessel men hereabouts very anxious, did not pass by without leaving a record of disaster. After the rainy threatening weather of the forenoon passed, at
least half a dozen vessels left port, and with the pleasant outlook and no indication of a squall were wholly unprepared for the thirty two miles gale which swept over sea and land without warning. The crew of different vessels had lively work getting in their canvas and returning to port, which all managed to do with out very serious damage except the schooner FLORENCE whose foresail was completely and instantly blown out, as stated yesterday.
      The SEABIRD Ashore.
News that the SEABIRD was ashore near the fort ground became current after dark, and a Palladium reporter immediately visited the scene of the disaster. He found the vessel lying easily on rock bottom a few hundred feet
east of the life saving station, port side to the land and in about fie feet of water. Her deck load remained undisturbed and her staysail and reefed mainsail were still set and the lamp was burning in the cabin. Entering the
life station he found the entire crew of the SEABIRD comfortably seated and relishing a good meal prepared by Capt. Blackburn and his men. After supper Capt. G.P. Cameron of the SEABIRD, which belong at Picton but hails from
Kingston, made he following statement. We left Trenton last Thursday with 131,000 feet of lumber shipped by Gilmour & Co. To J. K. Post & Co. Oswego; but we did not get out of the bay nor leave McDonald's cove until six a.m. today; the Wind was then east and so remained until we passed the Main Ducks when it veered to the southward; finally the squall from the southwest struck us under main sail and staysail about 8:30 and changed to the north; we reffed all around and started for Oswego, wind northwest we were then about fifteen miles from here, and as we neared the land the wind changed to the west and finally southwest; the sea increased; as we approached the harbor the tug MELVIN came alongside; I was at the wheel and the boys told me she hot our line, but could not make fast. let go and went into the harbor; the vessel broached to and drifted broadside ashore; the life crew were on the beach with their lights and apparatus as soon as we got there, and in less than forty minutes all were taken off and being hospitably care for here in the station; a line was fired aboard and the apparatus was adjusted' my wife was first taken ashore then my three small children who were followed by the crew six men three of the latter being sons of mine and the others seamen; I own the vessel; she is worth about $8,000 and is not insured. The life crew did their work admirably and deserve credit. They were on the beach waiting, prepared for the vessels's going on and also
watching three other vessels which hugged the shore rather closely
      All Safe
The MARY FOSTER and CORDELIA, both reported to have gone ashore, made port about 9 p.m. all right.
      The RIPPLE in the Gale
The Rochester yacht RIPPLE was out in all the storm. having left Sackets Harbor just is in time to get the full benefit, but she weathered it out and ran in here about 7 p..m. in as good style as any craft on the lake could have done. They encountered the squall off Nine Mile Point, and came on under three reefed mainsail, while other craft were under bare poles of scudding for port. The crew consisting of a man and boy were drenched to the skin
      Loss of a New Boat
The tug C. P. MOREY, Capt. Fred Pappa. Left here at 10 a.m. yesterday for Sandy Creek, intending to return with Mr. D. B. Houghton's new canal boat, just finished there. Telegrams received here last night state that the MOREY had lost the boat, which was breached near Sandy Creek and that the tug had to return to Sackets.
      The BAGLEY Ashore.
She reported the little steamer BAGLEY of Henderson ashore at Stony Island, but the MOREY could to render any assistance, having lost her lines with the canal boat. And on account of the heavy sea and high wind.
      How the Wood Duck went ashore.
Yesterday the tug MOREY went to Sandy Creek to tow up the new canal boat WOOD DUCK, built there for B.D. Houghton of this city. Mr. Houghton and his brother Co. C.V. Houghton went down on the tug. After hauling on the boat an haur the MOREY hauled the boat out and started for Oswego. Col. Houghton remained ashore. And B.D. Houghton and a coupe of men who had not quite finished their part of the work were aboard the WOOD DUCK. The two started about 8 p.m. and when about four miles out was struck by the gale with tremendous fury. The line parted and the WOOD DUCK was released; drifted around before the sea and went on to a sand beach about half way between Big and Little Sandy. She was not damaged in the least, thought she plunged around in the sea terribly, especially before the line parted, bing completely buried in the foamy waves most of the time. The MOREY put about and ran for Sackets. Col Houghton came home last night, but his brother remained with the boat which the MOREY will probably pull her on her way up to-day
      Oswego Palladium
      Tuesday October 5, 1880

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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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Seabird (Schooner), aground, 4 Oct 1880