The Republican Advocate Batavia, Genesee Co., NY

December 16, 1825

On Friday morning last, the schooner Good Intent, Capt. Talbot, came ashore in Buffalo Bay, below the Lighthouse, in a severe gale of wind; &, we regret to add, was totally lost with all the hands and the entire cargo. She left this port on Thursday evening, with the Captain & three hands on board, (but no passengers,) laden with 140 barrels of salt, belonging to the Messrs. LOCKWOODS, of Milan, Ohio. The gale struck her off Dunkirk, while she was in company with several other vessels, a part of which came to anchor under Point Abino, on the Canada shore, and the remainder stood back for Buffalo Harbor. The good Intent, when last seen from the other vessels, was some distance astern, apparently all well. On Friday morning she was discovered aground near the shore, the sea making a full breach over her. One man was then alive, lashed upon the quarter deck, but before assistance could reach him, the deck parted from the hull, and it was soon after seen to capsize,





Buffalo Harbor in 1825.
Above is an early view of Buffalo Harbor in 1825. Near where the ship was wrecked.

in the surf, with the unfortunate sufferer still fast to it. Towards noon the gale so far abated that boats reached the wreck, but not a soul was left alive. The bodies of Capt. TALBOT, Peter DILTS, and J. LOWE have been found and interred. The Good Intent was owned entirely by Captain TALBOT, an industrious man, with a large family, residing in Erie county, Pensylvania[sic]. The vessel was not provided with dead lights, and the inference is that she filled in the lake, before drifting ashore. In no other way can we account for her being in the place she was found, for the night was not dark; and the position in which she lay-seems conclusive that she reached the spot when in an unmanageable condition. -Buffalo Journal.

(submitted by Linda Schmidt 05/27/2002)

Special thanks to Linda Schmidt & Cindy Amrhein for submitting this article.

Cindy Amrhein is the Town of Alabama Historian in Genesee Co., NY

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