The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Chronicle (Kingston, ON), Nov. 22, 1822

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Loss of the Schooner Appelona, Wm. Merrit, Master.

This vessel left Oswego on the evening of the 14th instant partly laden with pot ashes, salt, and about 16 tons of stone ballast, bound to Genesee. About half past 10 P.M. Oswego light bearing E.S.E. 18 or 20 miles distant, and about 16 miles from land, the Schooner lying to under close reefed foresail, and a heavy squall rising from the West, the vessel was struck with lightning; the master and crew on deck all knocked down, the tiller, rudder head, binnacle, windlass, bulkhead, and cabin stairs all shattered to pieces - then the lightning stove the pumps potash and salt barrels, and went out of the larboard side, tearing off a streak of plank about a foot below the water's edge. - we then prepared the boat, and five in number got in. The vessel sunk in fifteen minutes after she was struck: the first sea that came, filled the boat half full of water, the wind blowing N.W. with a heavy combing sea, kept her before it, and about an hour before day, landed 13 miles below Oswego. The master was much injured in his sight and hearing, but is fast recovering.

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Rick Neilson
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Kingston Chronicle (Kingston, ON), Nov. 22, 1822