The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Times & Journal (Oswego, NY), Monday, May 15, 1854

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Loss Of The Schooner Ardelia, And All hands. - The entire loss of this vessel and all hands, is now beyond doubt, and none of her crew remain to tell the cause of the melancholy catastrophe. Her owner, Mr. Butler, received intelligence on Saturday, that the body of his son had been found on the shore, near Pultneyville, west of Oswego. He returned to his afflicted family with the body, on Monday, and the funeral took place last evening.

A mystery appears to hang over the loss of the vessel, which requires investigation. The body of the son of Mr. Butler was found close by a part the cabin; it shows marks of having chafed by holding on to something in the water, leaving no doubt that he went on shore on the part of the cabin found near him. From accounts that was published, it appears that the crew of the Daniel Williams saw the Ardelia go down - got near her - saw the blankets and other articles floating on the water, and two men holding on to the yard or topmast; threw a line to one of the men, and hooked the other by the back of the vest with the boat-hook; yet they reached none - saved nothing from the wreck; and yet, it is now proved that young Butler must have been near them on a part of the cabin, which was built on deck, and on the vessel going down, would naturally separate from her and float off.

We do hope that the crew of the Daniel Williams will, for the sake of humanity, be able to account for their apparent want of energy to save life, that a most searching investigation will be made into all the facts of the case. The crew consisted of Christopher Boyland, Captain, unmarried; Wm. Curlen, mate, married; Robert McMullen, Wm. Stilton, seamen, unmarried; and Thomas Butler son of the owner, aged 16 years. - Oakville (C.W.) Sentinel.

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Oswego Times & Journal (Oswego, NY), Monday, May 15, 1854