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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Sept. 21, 1839

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Wreck of the Schooner New York, of Oswego, and all hands perished.

For the Kingston Chronicle.

Mr. Editor; Sir, Today has been exhibited in this place an awful scene; during the severe gale of yesterday, a vessel was discovered some eight or ten miles from shore, apparently in an ungovernable situation, at about 12 o'clock she neared the land so as to be distinctly seen, when it was discovered she was lying on her beam ends, driven forward by a mighty sea towards the shore. On crossing the bar at the entrance of the bay, wither she was approaching, she struck and went to pieces, two men were then discovered clinging to a piece of the deck, one was soon washed off, the other continued to hold on till he came so near as to be heard calling for assistance, and beckoning with his hand for the people on shore to come off; attempts were made to launch a small boat into the boiling surf, but all attempts were unavailing, the sea ran so high it was utterly impossible; he was cheered and encouraged from the shore for some time, at length weary and exhausted he was washed from the piece to which he held, and sank to rise no more. Today the inhabitants have been busily engaged in saving what the fury of the waves has spared, consisting of masts, yards, blocks, rigging etc., the vessel was laden with staves, a large quantity of which came on shore, and have been saved. In sounding round the wreck two men were found lashed in the main shrouds, one had lashed himself by the middle, the other around his arm, and in this situation were driven ashore with the wreck; one man is apparently about 30 years of age, sandy hair, large whiskers, about four feet eight or nine inches in height, had on a coarse roundabout, and cloth vest, coarse canvass trowsers; in his pocket was found a small pocket-book containing 1 Pd. 3s. 4d. in silver; but no papers whereby to designate his name or place of residence; the other was about twenty-one or two; dark brown hair, fair complexion, had on a pair of fustian trowsers, and over them a pair of coarse canvass ones, striped cotton shirt but no coat or vest; it is expected there are still more persons under the wreck which is now lying bottom upwards in about 7 feet water; neither of the two men seen from the shore have yet been found; from the size of the vessel it would be supposed to require a crew of eight or nine persons; all on board, however, be they many or few, have perished; in inquest will be held over them tomorrow, when they will be decently interred. From the pieces of the stern that have just come on shore it is discovered to be the New York of Oswego, supposed to belong to Messrs. Bronson & Crocker Forwarders of that place. This communication is sent for the information of the friends of those that have been lost, also for the owners of the vessel.

The money is now in the hands of the subscriber, and will be accounted for to any of the friends of the person on whom it was found.

John Rose

Marysburgh U.C. Sept. 16th, 1839.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Sept. 21, 1839