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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1880

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Our First November Gale
The details coming in -Disasters not reported- Condition of the wrecked and stranded vessels- The Norway lost with all hands- Wreckage from the Prop. Zealand

Special despatch to the Palladium Consecon Nov. 9 - The Nellie Sherwood is ashore in Weller's Bay, having been driven from Wellington with 1,500 bushels of barley. The Street and the Albatross are ashore at Wellington, the former with wheat and the latter with lumber .

Niagara and Port Dalhousie report - no disasters there.

The Havana and Gleniffer in the gale

Port Colborne, Nov. 8. About 11 o'clock Saturday night the severest gale of this season struck this place. The wind was from the S. W. Fences were blown down, trees broken and shingles scattered in every direction. Many of the citizens remained up all night, fearing that their houses would be blown down. About 2 o'clock Sunday morning the schooner Havana with great difficulty reached the harbor. The captain says the water deluge his vessel and he was obliged to cut away her bulwarks. Two of his men gave up in despair, took to the cabins and freely indulged their grief in the old stereotyped style.. The other men stuck to their posts nobly. One of the vessel's davits was carried away opposite Grand River, and they were obliged to cut the other and let the small boat go. The schooner Gleniffer came to anchor off here yesterday morning, the sea running so high she dared not attempt to come in and the tug could not venture out to her. She rolled and tossed terribly and drifted further down the lake, it was feared she would drift ashore, but as she got in shallower water her anchors held her. She was towed in here this afternoon and began to unload at once, as she was leaking badly. She lost her small boat, fortopmast one anchor and chain, jibboom rudder and all her sails. She was bound from Toledo with corn for Kingston. Her crew were pretty well used up when they got here The barge John T. Sherman was towed in here this morning full of water, having broken loose from her tow when abreast of Long Point. A tug was gone to Buffalo for a steam pump for her. The Schr. Cavalier arrived this morning having lost three sails and her rudder.

The Bermuda Wrecked

Oshawa Nov. 7. The schr. Bermuda, which left here last night for Oswego, with 9,000 bushels of barley, is ashore, and a total wreck, near Newtonville, The captain and crew were rescued. The vessel is partially owned by Mr. Guy, and the cargo was shipped by Mr. Lauder of Whitby. Vessel and cargo are insured

Wreck of the Butler.

Cobourg Nov. 7. The schooner Hannah Butler, loaded with barley and the Blanche, partly loaded with barley broke from their moorings during the night and drifted ashore near the east pier. The former has about four feet of water in her hold, and it is feared both schooner and cargo will be a total loss. The cargo of the latter will be taken off in the morning, very little damaged. The schooner Eliza Fisher also broke her moorings, but was rescued before much damage was done. The wharves have suffered to the amount of $600

What Capt. George Reports is the Zealand Lost?

The schooner Mary Taylor, Capt.. E. George of Brighton arrived from Brighton to-day, having started for his port yesterday morning, with southerly wind; between 4 and 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon, Capt. George says when about 15 miles southwest of Point Peter, the crew discovered a lot of white lumps about as large as a man's hat floating on the water; running close to these objects he found them to be lumps of flour; next he discovered several flour barrels, drifting about; he manned his boat Capt. Sherwood and two others getting into it and they rowed away from the vessel a considerable distance to see what they could find. They saw a yawl boat, marked "Zealand," bottom side up with a hole stove in the port quarter, but as it was growing late they did not pick up the boat. But taking one of the empty flour barrels aboard they continued on to Oswego all hands concluding that the Zealand had gone. She was a good boat" said Capt. George to our reported."and her master Ned Zealand, was a good man on a deck; he passed through many a bad storm and always came out right side up. But I'm afraid this one was too much for him; it was a terrible one. I have sailed for over thirty yeas, but this storm beats anything I ever saw." The barrel aboard of the Taylor was empty and had only one head. It was branded in blue as follows: Garden City, Superior XXX, T. W. Tyson and Sons . 196 Clarksburg" Following is the Zealand's register: Tonnage 284 built Hamilton by A.M. Robertson in November 1874; owned by E. Zealand of Hamilton; valued at $26,000 classed A 11/2. She was rebuilt from the bottom of the propellor Chatham. The Zealand left Toronto Saturday evening for Montreal. At Toronto it was thought she was probably down as far as Port Hope when the gale struck her, and no anxiety was felt she being a staunch vessel.

A Toronto Special at 4 p.m. today says nothing definite can be learned about the prop. Zealand. Her cargo consists of 12,000 bushels of wheat and 360 barrels of flour. Insured in the Manhattan and Greenwich, New York for $14,000.

Wreckage seen by Capt. Clark

Capt. Clark of the schooner H.M. Ballou which arrived last night from South Bay says that at 11 a.m. yesterday, when about fifteen miles this side of the Ducks he passed a brown sort of door or end of a tool chest. It had an iron handle. It dimensions were about 11/2 x 2 feet. Also a bunch of shingles was seen in the same vicinity.

The Norway Lost with all hands

Belleville, November 9, The schr. Marquis reports that the schr. Norway foundered 12 miles from the Ducks loaded with timer. All hands lost.

The Foundered schooner Norway

Capt. Van Alstine of the steam barge Saxon which arrived from the bay today, reports the tug Robb as having the schooner Norway in tow about 15 miles this side of the Ducks this morning. The Norway was a three master, loaded with timber. Capt. Van Alstine, says the vessel was without a spar, full of water and rail below water, except at the stern, Her anchors were evidently out, thus keeping her bow down. Her name on the stern could be plainly read. The Robb had apparently left her tow in the Bay and just got a line to the Norway. The vessel registered as follow, Tonnage, 410; built at Garden Island by H. Rooney in April 1873, owned by Calvin & Beck , hailed from Garden Island valued at $17,200 and classed A1 1/2 .

The Oades

Buffalo, Nov. 9 - The Oades made but little water yesterday and her grain is not thought to be much injured. The cargo will be removed if possible and sh will be dredged off if the weather holds pleasant a few days.

The steam barge Norman Missing

The steam barge Norman, Capt. Goodcarl, left here light at 9 p.m. Saturday for the Bay. This morning she had not reported anywhere as far as could be learned, and as she was a frail craft and must have got full benefit of the terrible storm it is feared that she with all hands is lost. She was owned by Allison of Allisonville, and others.

Various casualties.

The tug Gardner, which arrived to-day from Cape Vincent, reports the schr. Sea Foam, Capt. Godfrey of Sackets, which is barley laden and ashore at Mud Creek, as being lightered and probably not damaged.

A telegram received to-day states that the scr. Vienna, reported yesterday as ashore at Newcastle is all right. It is understood that she is not ashore.

The Schr. Blanche, owned by Campbell and others of Mill Point is reported ashore by telegraph from Cobourg. No further particulars.

The F, D. Barker is at anchor twelve miles off Dunkirk, sails gone and leaking.

The schooner Kingfisher light, is reported to have gone ashore off Port Burwell.

The Julia Willard, light, went aground off Port Maitland, and is lying high and dry.

The Cossack is at Milwaukee with a broken jib boom.

The schr. W. H. Willard lumber laden, is a wreck at St. Joseph, Mich.

The Bermuda , ashore at Port Granby, broken in two and a total loss, was sailed by Capt. John Allen of Whitby, who was part owner.

Wreck of the Belle Sheridan
Struck by the gale in sight of Port- Father and three sons lost- But one of the family escapes.

Special despatch to the Palladium.

Consecon. Ont. Nov. 9 The schooner Bell Sheridan of Toronto went ashore on Weller's beach, two miles from here, at 9 o'clock Sunday Morning, and all on board perished except one. The vessel is a total wreck. Scarcely a vestige of her is to be seen. The only survivor is James McSherry who saved his life by securing a plank and jumping overboard, and was rescued by a boat from shore in a very exhausted condition. He gives the following particulars: The vessel left Charlotte at 8 o'clock Saturday morning, bound for Toronto, loaded with coal, and was within one hours run of Toronto when the squall struck her from the southwest. She then put about and ran down the lake before the wind and tried to make Presque Isle, but failed and was driven shore. In a few minutes after the squall struck her the greater portion of her canvas was carried away and the main boom broken. At 8 o'clock her main topmast was carried away and she became almost unmanageable. The lost are James McSherry sr. Captain; John Hamilton, mate, John McSherry, Thomas McSherry, Edward McSherry and Samuel Boyd. All of Toronto. Father and three sons were among those drowned. Over one hundred people were standing on the beach and saw the poor fellows drown, but were unable to render any assistance. Five attempts were made from the shore to rescue them, the boat capsizing once and nearly drowning the fellows who were plucky enough to risk their lives to save the sufferers. Had there been a life-boat or some means for saving life, the crew could have been all rescued.

The schr. Belle Sheridan tonnage 200 built at Oswego by A. Miller in 1852 owned by Charles Davis hailed from Oswego and did not class.

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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1880