The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), May 28, 1834

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The Steamboat Oswego . - We are happy to state that this vessel, which was stranded in the gale of the 12th inst., had been got off with very little injury. The owners, we are informed, are indebted to the skill and judgment of our young fellow citizen, Mr. John McNair, for the effectual and safe deliver of the boat from her unfortunate situation.

She was brought back to the harbor without other assistance than of her own engines, and is found not to leak a drop. She must be a boat of extraordinary strength, for though she encountered on the beach a worse gale than that in which she was stranded, yet not even the paint is started at the joints of her timbers.

Were not a shipwreck always too serious a matter to be treated lightly, and were it not that the hand of a merciful Providence is plainly visible in having protected this vessel and her company during some forty or fifty miles that she was encountering the perils of a lee shore, we should be disposed to make merry with some of the extravagant accounts of the Oswego's wreck.

Some of these accounts, to, we are sorry to find, are prejudicial to the reputation of the Lake Ontario navigation - than which, we feel no difficulty in affirming, there is not a safer navigation (of its class) upon the surface of the globe. The wreck of the Oswego furnishes strong proof of it - for she passed over one of the most dangerous places [Ford's shoals] there is upon the coast, and yet landed her passengers upon the beach without wetting their feet.

The boat, we learn, will in a few days proceed to Niagara to be put on the railway, and be subjected to a thorough inspection and repair, if any is found necessary, and in the course of ten or twelve days will resume her places in the line, under the command of Capt. Sherman, from Lake Champlain, a gentleman whom, we are informed, will command the confidence of the public.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), May 28, 1834