Site Description #

  • Schooner
  • ?
  • 134 Lengths
  • Oswego NY
  • Lake Ontario

Chronological History #

  • 1856 First enrolled Oswego, NY.
  • 1857, Feb 8 Wreck off Oswego, Lake Ontario.

David Swayze Shipwreck File #

  • Other names   :  also seen as BELLE ATKINS
  • Official no.     :  none
  • Type at loss    :  schooner, wood
  • Build info       :  1856, D. Hause, Wilson, NY
  • Specs              :  134x26x12,  394 t.
  • Date of loss    :  1857, Feb 8
  • Place of loss   :  E of Oswego, NY
  • Lake                : Ontario
  • Type of loss    :  flood
  • Loss of life      :  none
  • Carrying         :  none
  • Detail              : Washed off her winter moorings and out of the Oswego River by a “freshet” (i.e  spring runoff flood) and sunk near Port Ontario. She was towed all the way back in by rowboat and  a volunteer crew, but soon broke up in a storm of the 10th . Master probably Capt. Daniels. Owned by Collins & Abbey.

C. Patrick Labadie Collection File

  • IDENTIFICATION Year of Build: 1856
  • Type: Schooner Hull Materials: Wood
  • Number of Decks:1 Builder Name: D. Hause
  • POWER Number of Masts: 2
  • DIMENSIONS Length:136’Beam:26’Depth:12’Tonnage (old style):384
  • Final Location: East of Oswego, NY.Lake Ontario
  • Date:8 Feb 1857
  • How: Wrecked
  • Notes: Washed off winter mooring and out of Oswego River by spring flooding near Port Ontario. Towed back but soon broke up in storm Feb. 10, 1857.

Various News Articles more #

Oswego Daily Palladium 
      Thursday, February 12, 1857  #

The Wrecks. – The schooner Belle Adkins which grounded between the piers while being towed into the harbor Monday night, was again driven out in the lake, by the gale and heavy sea on Tuesday. She now lies on the beach a short distance below the east pier, and will probably prove a total loss, with the exception of a portion of the rigging, which may be recovered in a damaged state. 
The Adkins was a large new vessel, built last season. The Wide Awake also went ashore in the same vicinity, and laying on her beams and must have gone to pieces in the gale on Tuesday night. She was a large first-class vessel and nearly new. Nothing has reached us in regard to Virginia since the gale. She lay close on to the shore near Port Ontario and has probably gone to pieces. All three vessels were well insured and the loss to the owners will be comparatively small. 

Oswego Daily Palladium 
      Monday, February 9, 1857  #


The thaw that dry in Thursday and continued till yesterday, melted the snow very rapidly and has raised the water in the river considerably, causing a very rapid current some distance below and above the bridge. About four o¹clock on Sunday morning the current became so strong on the west side of the river near the bridge, owing to the coffer dams under the middle of the bridge, that some ten vessels and a canal boat with a man, his wife, and boy on board, and the tug Bloore were forced from their moorings near the bridge and set adrift. Six of the vessels, BELLE SHERIDAN, TITAN, BELL ADKINS, WIDE AWAKE, and THOMAS KINGSFORD, with the canal boat, were carried into the Lake, and have not been recovered. The other vessels and the tug were recovered and are safe. The L.B. CROCKER lies athwart-ships above the Island, safe, and the CANTON is aground on the old coffer dam near the bridge. 
The City Hall bell rung the alarm, and early in the morning Capt. Kimball and Fitzgerald, with two large yawl boats and a crew of seven men each, and sails, lines, &c., put out in pursuit of the vessels, with the intention of bringing them back by sail, if found. They have not returned or been heard of at this writing, late Sunday afternoon. The steam tugs of Captain Dobbie, the PAGE and REED, were put in readiness by adjusting the machinery, &c., and fired up, and started in pursuit in ten hours from the occurrence, about five o¹clock in the afternoon. 
The wind, which has been southerly for three days, chopped around to the northwest, in the afternoon and blew quite fresh, accompanied with snow, and serious apprehensions are felt for the safety of the men out in the Lake as well as the vessels. 
The vessels were moored in a dangerous location, the worst current in the river, and fears were expressed for their safety on Saturday. 

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