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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), 26 Oct 1881

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A Lake Ontario Fleet Running Before a Gale - The Erie Queen Sunk in Oswego Harbor - A Collision in Port - The James Scott Waterlogged and Abandoned.
Scudding Before the Gale

The storm that raged on the lake yesterday, compelling vessels that ventured outside to return, increased in fury as the night drew near, and all craft that were on the lake made for the nearest place of shelter. Seven or eight vessels which were off this port, and some of which were many miles out, put for Oswego.

They reached the piers nearly altogether, shortly after dark. The two night tugs could not catch them as fast as they came in and to this fact due a collision between the schooners Jennie White and Anandale. The wind blew almost a hurricane from the N.N.W., the sea buried the piers and the spray broke high over-head. The schooner L.D. Bullock, Capt. A. Eccles, lumber laden for J.K. Post & Co., struck the new breakwater, or rather her deck load of lumber hit it. The latter was considerably damaged by breakage, but the vessel escaped injury.

A Collision in the Harbor.

The schooner Jennie White, Capt. J.M. White, left Ogdensburg Sunday night for Cleveland with 300 tons of iron ore. The storm grew too severe and when off Sodus the White put about and ran to Oswego. She rode the heavy seas in fine style and came up the river at a lively rate, but no tug was idle. The captain first thought he would run to the east side elevators, but seeing a vessel in the way, started for the west side. When in range of Seneca street the vessel failed to steer properly, owing to shallow water, and the White ran bow foremost into the schooner Anandale. The latter was loaded with sand. The White's jib boom ran inside tore away the Anandale's starboard main rigging and broke her rail and a few stanchions. The White lost her jib boom and bowsprit. Each vessel is damaged about $100.

Loss of the Erie Queen.

About an hour later the Erie Queen, Capt. J. Braund, laden with 15,440 bushels of barley from Newcastle for Smith, Murdock & Co., arrived. Capt. Braund says he saw or heard nothing of the change of lights and mistook a red light for the beacon. It was pitch dark and he could see nothing. He was coming along at the rate of 20 miles an hour, and he says the first intimation of danger was the vessel's running against the east end. The sea was tremendous, but the vessel backed out and came around the east side of the new breakwater.

The tug Wheeler soon picked her up, but she was filling, and sank abreast of the Marine elevator, in 12 feet of water. Today she is full of water and a steam pump was put aboard. No estimate of damage can be given. She is being lightened. The vessel carried away a section of the east breakwater, down to a depth of 16 feet. It was not believed anything could move it.

The James Scott Abandoned.

Special despatch to The Palladium:

Port Burwell, Ont., Oct. 26. - The schooner James Scott, while towing behind the tug W.J. Aikens sprang a leak and became water-logged. The crew abandoned her about fifteen miles below here, and arrived here on the tug yesterday.

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26 Oct 1881
Richard Palmer
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.47752665611 Longitude: -76.5183964233398
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