of the wreck*
A Schooner Wrecked near Thousand Island Park
Special Correspondence of the Standard: Syracuse
Daily Standard, Aug. 17, 1889
FRONTENAC, N.Y., Aug.
16. - At 10:30 o'clock last evening the large three masted schooner
Vickery of Chicago struck on a shoal off Rock Island light
house, just opposite Thousand Island Park and after hanging to the
rocks for four hours, sank in about 80 feet of water. She was sailing
down the river and had to make atack to clear the light house, but
missed in coming about and went onto the rocks.
stiff breeze was blowing at the time and she struck hard. The captain
and crew were on deck at the time with Pilot Henry Webber
of Clayton at the helm. The crew saved all their effects and no
one was injured. The Vickery is owned by Vickery & Co.
of Chicago and valued at $20,000. She had a cargo of 21,000 bushels
of conr, valued at $10,000 which will be a total loss. it was consigned
to J.B. Wiser of Prescott. Nothing can now be seen of the
vessel except her topmast heads.
crew consisted of Capt. Massey, mate, cook and four men,
all of whom are now at Clayton awaiting orders. Two ladies were
aboard. They were taken off and cared for at at the light house
station on Rock Island. The point where she struck is one of the
most dangerous on the river and has been the scene of a number of
wrecks. The channel is very narrow and crooked there and the current
strong. Preparations for raising the vessel are already being made.
Wrecked on the River
Herald, Saturday, Aug. 24, 1889
Landing, Aug. 23. - The three masted schooner A. Vickery,
with 21,000 bushels of corn for cargo, bound for Prescott from Chicago,
struck a shoal near the Rock Island light house near Fisher's Landing,
Thursday night, August 15. The schooner left Chicago August 5, and
arrived at Clayton Thursday night. Here she took on a pilot to take
her through the river. Henry Webber, Jr., of Clayton, was
the pilot employed. The vessel struck the shoal at 10:15 p. m.,
and filled and sank quickly. The crew escaped in the small boats
and remained at the lighthouse all night, coming to Clayton the
next morning. She was owned by J. T. Vickery, of Chicago,
and was valued at $12,000. The grain was consigned to A. Wiser,
of Prescott. John Massey was the captain and L. Massey
was the mate. There were four other sailors. At two o'clock Friday
morning the vessel drifted away from the shoal and sank in deep
water, just showing her spars. The vessel was partially insured;
the grain entirely so. Captain Massey has abandoned her, leaving
the insurance companies to decide as to whether they will raise
her or not.
ALMOST A MURDER ON BOARD
Recorder and Times, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 1889
sinking of Chicago schooner Vickery near Alexandria Bay came
near being the cause of a tragedy. Captain Massey, though
he has traveled the St. Lawrence a dozen times, owing to so many
lights in island cottages, thought it best to go to Clayton and
get a pilot. Webber, an old river man, was secured and had
not been aboard fifteen minutes when the schooner went aground.
The captain got excited and attacked the pilot with a revolver,
using violent language and pointing the weapon at him. The mate,
a brother of the captain, instantly sprang for Massey's arm, discharging
the revolver and sending the bullet into the deck. The revolver
fell on the hatch and was picked up by the mate and thrown overboard.
Captain Massey states that he would have certainly shot Webber,
but now that he is cooled off, is glad the thing happened the way
it did. Pilot Webber made himself scarce. Captain Massey sailed
the Vickery for seven years, and the carelessness of the
pilot lost her, hence the cause of his desperate action. Efforts
will be made to raise the vessel.