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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Nov. 11, 1880

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Driftwood from the storm
Latest information about the Lake Ontario wrecks.
The Schr. Norway was not insured.
She loaded timber at Toledo for Garden Island.

Kingston, 9: The scow John Wesley, loaded with lumber, dragged her anchor and went ashore about two miles below Stella Point, Amherst Island. She is there yet, but it is not know if damage was sustained of if any of the crew are lost.

The Kingston and Montreal Forwarding company have decided to abandon the barge Minnie, ashore near Point Frederick. Loss about $3,500. No insurance

The barge Princess ashore at Point Frederick has been released.

The schooner A. J. Ryan owned at Kingston and ashore at Wolfe Island, is expected to be got off with little difficulty. She as laden with barley for Oswego.

The Nellie Sherwood ashore at Weller's Bay is expected to be got off without much damage to either hull or cargo.

The Hanna Butler, ashore at Coburg, will probably be recovered without material damage, but the cargo of barley will be a total loss. The grain was insured in American Companies, the Western of Toronto holding a risk of $2,000 upon the vessel.

The Blanche, owned by A. Campbell of Mill Point, ashore near Coburg, will be taken off by the same tug that is at work on the Butler. The hull is insured in the British American.

The T. C. Street ashore three miles from Wellington, carried 21,000 bushels of wheat, which will probably suffer serious damage. The British American has a risk of $6,000 on the hull. The cargo is believed to be carried by Chicago companies.

The Lilly Hamilton which broke her moorings and went ashore at Kingston, had about 2,000 bushels of grain damaged. When about 1,000 bushels had been taken out with buckets the workmen struck for fifty cents an hour. This was refused, and the men left. Capt. Taylor procured the barge Odessa and proceeded with the lightering. About five o'clock the tug Active tried to pull her off, but failed. This morning the M.T. company's elevator finished the unloading and the Active got her off. She leaked greatly. The cargo ws insured in the Merchants Marine British American and Phoenix. The damaged grain ws sold by auction the amount being 1,800 bushels

The schooner Nellie Teresa was struck by the gale on Saturday night when below the Ducks; she lost all her canvas but reached anchorage under South Bay Point. The vessel arrived at Picton, Monday.

South Bay The shrs. British Queen barley from Toronto, and White Oak lumber from Kingston, were the only schooners in this port during Saturday night's blow. They left port Monday noon, but finding the sea too heavy outside had to return, accompanied by the W. W. Grant the Marysburg, bound for Oswego, Geo. Suffle from Bath and the Ocean Wave for Oswego. Capt. Dix of the White Oak reports that the Fred E. Wells, Minnie Blakely and brig Peerless are lying under South Bay Point. The steamer Empress of India arrived here Monday evening from Picton. Capt. Vandusen reports a small vessel ashore on Indian Point. With a cargo from Hay Bay name unknown. During Monday's blow the schr. Gazelle dragged her anchor and drifted ashore. No damage was done.

Toronto 10: One of the crew of the Bermuda, wrecked on Sunday last, was in town yesterday. He says they partly loaded at Whitby and sailed for Ottawa when they finished on Saturday night, and prepared to leave for Kingston. At 9:30 they were scarcely three miles from land when the wind rose and they had to run, but at 11 broached to, as he thinks by the rudder becoming disabled, and lay at the mercy of the waves. Drifting before the wind they reached the north shore and endeavored to beach the vessel, but the bottom was rocky and she struck violently, soon becoming a total wreck. Making their way forward, the crew remained until daylight when a crowd assembled on the beach, but were unable to render assistance. Several attempts were made to get a line ashore, but they all failed, and at last a volunteer crew manned the Bermuda's yawl boat, which had come ashore some miles further down. They managed to reach the wreck, but became entangled in the debris, and after taking on the crew and clearing that they swamped. It was then every man for himself, but with the assistance of those on land, all managed to get ashore with the loss of their clothing only.

The prop Niagara arrived at Toronto Tuesday morning from Montreal. The pilot, Miron says when they were coming up Monday, and when about 20 miles off Presque Isle, he sighted large portions of the wreck of a vessel all floating together. Some of the pieces were thirty feet in length and ten feet across, and others were smaller. The wreckage looked as if it had been freshly broken. Miron says he never experienced such a gale and so much difficulty as he did coming up the river on the night of the storm from Brockville to Gananoque.

Capt. Dix of the schooner White Oak, which arrived yesterday from Kingston, having run there for shelter during the gale, reports that he nearly collided with large sticks of oak timber this side of the Ducks. He thinks it was part of the schooner Norway's deck load and that if it struck a vessel she might sustain considerable damage.

Capt. Findlayson of the schooner Azov, which arrived yesterday from Kingston, says that when this side of the real Ducks yesterday he discovered s drawer bearing a name which he could nor read being too far away from the Azov.. He also saw a white painted door with splendid white knob in the same vicinity. The door was evidently that of a state room. The face of the drawer looked like black walnut. He also saw in the same vicinity a red painted barrel.

Hugh Rooney brother of Capt. Dan. Is reported to have been seriously injured on the Hannah Butler at Cobourg during the recent gale.

Brockville 11, The schr. Maumee Valley, which was on a shoal west of here floated off last night after being lightered of 5,000 bushels of wheat.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Nov. 11, 1880