The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Daily Journal (Oswego, NY), Monday, May 1, 1853

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Sunday Report.
By the Morse Line.
Twenty-eight Lives Lost.

Ogdensburgh, Sunday, May 1st.

The Ocean Wave, a Canadian steamer, in the employ of the Ogdensburgh Northern Railroad, was destroyed by fire about 2 o'clock on Saturday morning. From the crew of the Stephen Blackman we have the following particulars: -- The Ocean Wave took fire from her furnace on her downward trip, while off the Ducks, about forty miles above Kingston, about two o'clock, on Saturday morning. When first discovered she was about a mile and a half from shore, and was immediately headed for shore; but so intense was the heat that the machinery gave out and she drifted to sea. The upper cabin was consumed in about fifteen minutes, and in about two hours the hull went down. Those saved were taken off by schooner Georgiana.

The Wave had on board 14 cabin and 9 deck passengers, besides 4 children and the crew, who swelled the number to about 50 - twenty-two of whom were saved - among the crew saved were Capt. Wright and both mates, Thomas Oliver, the purser, and both wheelsmen, second engineer, Mr. Blackman, and a number of deck hands. Among the passengers saved were Mr. Francis Kiah and wife, both of whom were burnt, but not dangerously, Mrs. French of Cornwall, and a lady, wife of the Cashier of Gore Bank, Hamilton. These three ladies were all the females saved. A small vessel on her way down, sent a boat to the assistance of the ill fated steamer, but the men being frightened pulled away again. The Georgiana then hove in sight, lowered a boat which was manned with her mate and two sailors, and succeeded in picking up 18 passengers.

Two minutes after this rescue, the wreck went down. She had drifted 8 miles from shore before she sunk. The captain, first mate and one passenger reached shore near the disaster, and the vessel brought the rest to Kingston. Among these lost are Mr. Turnbull, 1st engineer; Julius Sanford, bar-keeper; the cook, a Mrs. McDonald; a nurse and 3 children of the Cashier of the Gore bank; three ladies, names unknown; Mr. Lyman B. Fisk, of the firm of H.S. Humphrey Co., of O.B. Whole number lost is 28. The progress of the flames was so rapid that it was impossible to launch any of the boats on board.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Daily Journal (Oswego, NY), Monday, May 1, 1853