The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Apr 1904

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A Ship Wreck And Loss Of Life.

We clip the following from the Christian Guardian, of September 25th, 1839:

On Sunday the 15th instant, about noon, the schooner New York, of Oswego, laden with staves, and supposed to have been manned by from seven to nine men, came ashore near Prince Edward's Bay, on the lake coast. She was observed early on the morning of Sunday by some of the inhabitants and appeared to be in distress. She drifted towards the shore, apparently on her beam ends, and water-logged; having in all probability sprung a leak. When she struck the sand bar, three men were perceived aboard of her from the shore, but as the vessel immediately went to pieces, (being greatly decayed) two of them soon perished. The third laid hold of a piece of the deck, but when near the shore was washed off and drowned, so that not one escaped. Some of the inhabitants procured a boat and twice attempted to push off to the rescue of the man on the wreck, but were driven back and wholly prevented by the violence of the waves. A great quantity of staves was washed ashore, and it is probable the principal part of the cargo was saved, as the wind continued towards the shore for an unusual length of time. The bodies of two men were found lashed to part of the vessel which came ashore on Sunday night; and on Wednesday morning an inquest was held on them by Dr. Moore, of Picton, coroner, which resulted in a verdict of "Death by the loss or wreck of the schooner New York, of Oswego." Soon after the inquest, a sermon was delivered, founded on John xiv, 1, 2, 3 and the bodies decently and regularly interred in a neighboring burial ground.

Incidents Of The Day - Capt. J. Wood and Capt. Houston, of Port Dalhousie, are here to fit out the str. Rosemount. George Daly joins the Rosemount as wheelsman.

p.8 At Port Dalhousie - April 19th - The Port Dalhousie lighthouses were lighted up last night for the first time this season.

Reached The Cape - The steamer Pierrepont reached Cape Vincent at half-past two o'clock this afternoon. The trip from Kingston took over five hours. Much ice was met in the United States channel after the foot of Wolfe Island was reached, and the progress was very slow. It was a case of smash ice all the way from the point to the Cape. The Pierrepont is not expected back till seven o'clock this evening.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Apr 1904