Maritime History of the Great Lakes

Phoenix (Schooner), aground, 12 Nov 1820

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Sacket's Harbor, Nov. 17th.
On Saturday evening, the 11th. inst. a gale of wind commenced from the N.E. accompanied with snow, which increased during Sunday to a degree exceeding anything before known on Lake ontario. On Monday morning the 13th. the gale abated and we already learn the following wrecks and disasters:-
      The Schooner TRIUMPH, Capt. Davis, with 152 barrels of salt, was driven on genesee bar, vessel and cargo totally lost.
      The schooner SWALLOW, Capt. Pond, in ballast, on shore in Braddock's bay; vessel bilged and will be lost.
      The schooner MINERVA, Capt. Hugunin, threw overboard 130 barrels salt, and afterwards struck on Oswego bar, in attempting to make that harbor, and we are informed since that she got off with the loss of her cargo, in all 400 barrels of salt.
      The schooner WOLCOTT, Capt. Stutson, rode out the gale, and kept the lake with the loss of 10 barrels flour, washed from her deck, and her boat and galley stove. The water which covered her, formed such a bond as alone secured the remainder of her deck load.
      The schooner ONTARIO left Genesee river on Saturday afternoon in company with the WOLCOTT, with a heavy deck load, and we have yet no reports from her.
      The schooners MORNING STAR, JULIA, and JAVA, from Sackets harbor bound for Niagara, sailed on the saturday previous to the storm, and we feel anxious for their safety.
      The schooner LEVANIA, with a cargo of about 300 barrels salt, was lost on Little Sodus, and the schooner PHOENIX at Four Mile Creek in Ballast, a few days before the gale; in fact, the season has been the most severe and disastrous ever known.
      Cleaveland Weekly Herald
      Tuesday, December 12, 1820

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Reason: aground
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Remarks: Total loss ?
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.256666 Longitude: -79.123055
William R. McNeil
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Phoenix (Schooner), aground, 12 Nov 1820