The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Almira (Schooner), aground, 9 Aug 1866

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Gale on Lake Ontario - Wreck of a Vessel - The Crew Saved.
The storm which commenced last night is now raging on Lake Ontario. The wind is from the north east and blowing steadily, throwing very heavy seas over the beach and piers. Vessels which are out are glad to make a harbor of refuge. Four or five schooners and a steam tug got into the mouth of the river last night and this morning and are lying there in safety.
The wind is favorable - could hardly be more so - yet a wreck occurred at the mouth of the harbor this morning. About 1 o'clock the Canadian schooner ALMIRA in attempting to come in went to the eastward, and struck the East Pier which is submerged. A hole was stove in her hull and she soon sank below decks and was swept by the seas. The crew took to the rigging and there made themselves fast, not knowing at what moment the vessel would go to pieces and send them to a watery grave.
Their condition was critical. As soon as they were reported Captain J.H. Ledyard, of the little steamer FLOUR CITY set about doing something for the rescue of these poor mariners. he proceeded to get stout men to volunteer to go with him. They took one of the Government life boats across the harbor and launched it into the surf to the east of the pier, and succeeded in taking the crew of the ALMIRA from the wreck.
The act was performed in a skillful manner, under the direction of Capt. Ledyard and he and the gallant men who manned the boat are entitled to the gratitude of all humane people. The ALMIRA was from a Canadian port laden with stave bolts. She belonged at Milford, C.W., and was under command of Captain Ellis. She is a complete wreck.
It will be born in mind that Captain Ledyard was dismissed from his position as one of the captains of the American line of steamers, by Supt. Throop on the ground that his health was not good enough to remain in his place. he has been in command of the small steamer every day this season, and able to go on an expedition like that of this morning showing that he is yet sound enough for the perilous work of the lakes. It may be doubted that the health of Captain Throop would have permitted him to perform the work executed by Captain Ledyard this morning.
      Rochester Union & Advertiser,
      Thurs., August 9, 1866

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: stave bolts
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.45535 Longitude: -76.5105
William R. McNeil
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Almira (Schooner), aground, 9 Aug 1866