Distressing Casualty . - Early on the morning of Saturday last, a small schooner was noticed by our citizens, about two miles off, making for this harbor. - The wind was then and had been blowing with some violence during the preceding night, and as the lake was rough and boisterous, some anxiety was manifested as to the fate of the unknown vessel. At about eight o'clock she was seen distinctly to go down, and the conviction settled upon each beholder of the melancholy scene, that all was lost.
The steamboat TELEGRAPH went out, in order to pick up any thing that might be left of life or property, but the time was so long before she was in readiness or could reach the spot, nothing was discovered but a pair of oars, a coat, two hats and a pair of boots, which were picked up. It has since been ascertained that the lost vessel was the ATLAS, Capt. Asahel Westcott, owned by Ortha Little & Son, of Dexter, and was loaded with building stone for this place.
The persons lost were the captain, Mr. Asahel Westcott, of Brownville - the crew , consisting of Ortha Little, of Dexter, William Ackerman and John Lee of Brownville, - and a passenger, Asa Davis, of Chaumont, son of Phineas Davis of Mexico, in this county. Asahel Westcott, Ortha Little and Asa Davis have left wives to mourn their untimely death - the other two were unmarried.
We are happy to state that the report in the Herald of yesterday that two females were unfounded - the whole number of persons on board being only five, the names of whom ae have given above. Mr. Davis' is peculiary a bereaved family, it being only a week ago last Sunday, that he was called to follow to the tomb his youngest daughter, Mary, wife of Elisha Hamilton, of Mexico.
Oswego County Whig
Tuesday, May 7, 1839
Contributed by Richard Palmer