The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Dec 1867

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p.2 Imports - 17.

Barque Nucleus Ashore - Steamer Watertown Aground - On Saturday the owners of the steamer Watertown got an offer of $1,000 to take off the barque Nucleus, ashore in South Bay. She was dispatched on Saturday night about ten o'clock, but an hour later ran on a shoal at Snake Island. Her own efforts were unable to relieve her, and Capt. Hinckley returned to Kingston, got the assistance of the steamer Pierrepont, which towed the Watertown off, and allowed her to proceed to South Bay. The condition of the Nucleus is telegraphed:-

The barque Nucleus was run on Green Point, at the mouth of South Bay on Thursday morning, to keep her from foundering. She is loaded with 16,300 bushels of wheat from Milwaukee, consigned to Roder, Lynde & Nichols, Ogdensburgh. There are four feet of water in the hold. Her anchors and chains were covered with ice and frozen fast. The large amount of ice adhering to the hull and rigging was causing her to sink rapidly, her decks being just above water. Some of the men have their feet and hands badly frozen. No insurance on the vessel.

The Watertown was successful in getting off the vessel, and reached Cape Vincent with her safely on Monday. As a N.T. Co. propeller had been unable to reach Ogdensburg, owing to the heavy ice in both channels, the Nucleus will not attempt a passage thither, but lay up at Cape Vincent with the propeller.

-There seems now to be no question of the loss of schooner Hastings, with all her crew. Mr. Henry Crouch, who has sailed on her, and whose father is among the lost, has been to the point where her boat was reported to be ashore, about 8 miles up the lake. He found the boat there, with her stern crushed out, and a piece of the Hastings' binnacle attached.Her forecastle scuttle was found near the same place. [Oswego Times]

p.3 The Mails - Pierrepont and Watertown still running.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Dec 1867