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Watertown (Schooner), U80428, aground, 27 Mar 1890

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DISASTER SEASON OPENS. -- The first vessel out is the first to make the disaster item. The schooner WATERTOWN sailed yesterday afternoon being the first vessel out of the season. She was making excellent time until struck by a snow storm. She went off course and went ashore at Bear's Creek about 15 miles from Charlotte. Assistance sent for and she is expected to be got off today. She was loaded with 560 tons of ice. Capt. C. Beaupre was in command.
      Daily British Whig, Kingston
      March 28, 1890

The first disaster of the season is reported: The schooner WATERTOWN is ashore at Ontario Point, east of Oswego. She is loaded with ice.
      Buffalo Evening News
      March 28, 1890

The following members of the crew of the schooner WATERTOWN arrrived here last evening: Joseph Devan; S, Lyo; C, Chambers and E, Mullen. The captain and mate stayed to superintend the stripping of the vessel. It is a total wreck.
      Daily British Whig, Kingston
      April 3, 1890

      The WATERTOWN was sold to the Rochester Transportation Company as she lies, by the owners for $1,500. Buily 13 years ago at Chaumont, N. Y.
      Daily British Whig, Kingston
      April 7, 1890

      Tug FERRIS has gone to the wreck of the schooner WATERTOWN to take her off. Repairs will be made at Oswego.
      Daily British Whig, Kingston
      April 8, 1890

      Tug FERRIS with wrecking apparatus to Oswego from Bear Creek where the schooner WATERTOWN is on the beach. The attempt to release the vessel, purchased by the Rochester Transportation Company from Folger Bros. Kingston for $1,500 has been abandoned. The vessel is a total wreck. A portion of the outfit was brought back by the tug. It is the opinion of the vessel men that the WATERTOWN was well sold.
      Daily Britisg Whig, Kingston
      April 11, 1890

The anchors, chains and windlass of the schooner WATERTOWN will be shipped to Detroit where they will be used by the owners, the Rochester Transportation Company in fitting out the schooner JOHN T. MOTT.
      Daily British Whig, Kingston
      April 24, 1890

Schooner WATERTOWN. U. S. No. 80428. Of 308.84 tons gross; 293.40 tons net. Built Chaumont, N.Y., 1874. Home port, Cape Vincent, N.Y. 135.0 x 26.0 x 13.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Reason: aground
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Freight: ice
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Watertown (Schooner), U80428, aground, 27 Mar 1890