Gladstone (Schooner), broke steering gear &c, 1 Aug 1876
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Narrow Escape OF The Schooner GLADSTONE
Attempting to Enter the Harbor Sags on to the East Pier - Rescued and brought into Port.
Yesterday afternoon, about two o'clock, the schooner GLADSTONE, Captain Manley, with lumber for D.L. Couch, in attempting to enter the harbor, made a sad failure and sagged down on to the outside of the East pier. The seas were running heavy and the wind was fresh from the northwest at the time, and when the vessel struck the pier broadside-to she pounded heavily against it.
The tug MAJOR DANA, Capt. Redford, which was waiting for the schooner, promptly steamed to her rescue, and without delay a line was got from the disabled vessel to the tug and both reached still water in a short time. Before the vessel got away from the pier about twenty thousand feet of lumber of her deck load spilled into the lake and floated down to the fort shore, and some of the schooner¦s stanchions, timberheads and wales were broken. Most of the lumber was saved - a gang of willing men taking charge of it soon had it piled up on the beach.
Captain Manley claims that his steering gear was out of order, but to a man on the shore it was evident that the vessel could not fetch the harbor under the canvas she had hoisted. Why good sailors will persist in shortening canvas in entering this port "is a thing no fellow can find out." There is always more or less current from the river, and if a vessel wants canvas at all she wants it when she reaches the beacon light. More vessels have been wrecked in attempting to enter this harbor for want of sufficient sail than from any other one cause.
Mon., August 28, 1876
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NARROW ESCAPE. -- The schooner GLADSTONE, from Toronto, when one-half mile from Oswego, broke her steering gear in a heavy sea, and came near drifting ashore. She finally made port minus 2,500 feet of her deck load of lumber.
Thursday, August 31, 1876
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New York, United States
- William R. McNeil
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