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Daily Times (Oswego, NY), Saturday, Oct. 11, 1851

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The Loss of the Schooner Osceola.

The loss of the schooner Osceola, of this port, during the gale of the 2d inst. , on Lake Erie, was announced in the Sandusky Register, of the 4th inst. , upon information derived from Capt. Gibbs, of the schooner Scotland, who rescued the crew of the Osceola. The Register states that the brig Quebec passed so near the Osceola as to speak to the latter vessel and learn her desperate condition and the imminent danger she was in, but passed on without offering the least assistance to save the crew. We forbear to comment on this statement of what would seem to be reprehensible conduct on the part of the officers of the Quebec, as there may be a reasonable explanation for it. Capt. Gibbs is, however, entitled to much credit for his humane and successful efforts in saving the crew of the Osceola, under the most trying and difficult circumstances. Capt. Gibbs writes to his employer, the owner of the Scotland, in this city, as follows:

Sandusky, Oct. 4, 1851.

Mr. F. T. Carrington:

Dear Sir: - I arrived at this port this morning at 7 o'clock, after a rough passage from the canal, which we left on the 1st of October. We did not have two miles of fair wind on Lake Erie, and we were under doubled reefed canvass nearly all the time after we left the canal, and had a heavy head sea to contend with the whole passage. -

At about 5 o'clock P. M. , on the 2d of October, we discovered a vessel in distress, flying an American ensign union down. She was to windward of us some miles - worked up to her and found her to be the Osceola, of Oswego, with a cargo of merchandize for Detroit. She had lost her spars that morning at about 8 o'clock, some 20 miles from the south shore, off Fairport. The wind was blowing about south by west. The Osceola had been laying in this situation all day at the mercy of the waves and labored so heavy that she was leaking fast. Two pumps, worked constantly, could not keep her free when we got to her, she then having seven foot of water. Her boat was stove and the crew had nothing to help themselves with whatever. Under these circumstances we lowered our boat and after two hours of the most incessant labor we got the crew of the Osceola on board the Scotland. The sea was so heavy at the time that we could not get our boat hoisted up until 14 hours afterwards, during which time it got badly damaged. We shall want the Scotland's new boat when we arrive at Oswego , which I wish you to have ready. It ought probably to be caulked and the seams painted before it will be fit for use. We shall commence loading on Monday morning, the wheat being ready.

I am, yours, with respect, S. C. Gibbs.

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Daily Times (Oswego, NY), Saturday, Oct. 11, 1851