The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Wed. , May 15, 1855

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Our harbor yesterday present an animated appearance. A large number of vessels were in port discharging cargoes, and the east side of the river was literally blockaded with canal boats and vessels together, waiting to receive loads and to discharge.

An exciting scene occurred about 10 o'clock by the lines parting and letting some 10 to 15 canal boats float down stream with the current. Such an excitement was never witnessed on the "raging canawl. " The captains and crews were terror stricken, and ran to and from frantically calling for "a line, or for "tugs," &c. In one or two instances only the cook and captain were on board, the former with a flag of distress, and the later at the helm. Several "reefs in the stovepipes" were taken, and before any material damage occurred the tugs came to the relief.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Wed. , May 15, 1855