The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Tuesday, April 10, 1855

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Complete and Sudden Wreck. - Yesterday morning a section of the old coffer dam below the lower bridge which has remained since completion of the canal basin, gave way owing to the pressure of the high water in the river, and a tremendous torrent was thrown in among a crowd of canal boats, vessels, &c. , that have been moored there for the winter.

Several canal boats were sunk, and others more or less injured. Efforts were being made by the owners to secure their boats, and by hauling one of them up out of the current in the forenoon, two others that lay across the current were permitted to swing round violently against the bows of the schooners.

As they struck, the outside canal boat was filled instantly, careened upon her side, and in a minute was torn into a hundred fragments and swept off down the stream into the lake. We venture to say no craft of any sort, was ever demolished in a more summary manner. There was hardly a plank left of the wreck.

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Richard Palmer
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Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Tuesday, April 10, 1855