The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily Times (Oswego, NY), Sat., Nov. 1, 1856

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Loss of the John P. Hale

The schooner John P. Hale, Capt. J.G. Richardson, went ashore on Ford's Shoals about three miles above this city, in the terrible snow squall of yesterday. The report of her perilous situation was brought by a vessel which arrived about one o'clock, and immediately measures were taken to save her crew. The government life-boat was put on wheels, and some fifty hardy sons of Neptune started with it for the scene of the disaster.

We arrive on the spot with the life-boat company, and must say the chances to get assistance to the sufferers looked ominous. At this time a tremendous sea was running, with a perfect hurricane blowing, accompanied by hail. A crew for the life-boat was immediately organized under Capt. Charles Parker, and the boat launched into the foaming waters; but notwithstanding the efforts of her hardy crew she filled almost immediately, and was thrown back on the beach.

A second attempt was made with a like result, when it became apparent to all that a boat could not be got over the surf. A large fire having been built on shore, the men remained on watch all night, and at the first streak of light this morning put out for the wreck - the wind having considerably moderated - and rescued the crew, who had passed the night comparatively comfortable, although not knowing what moment the vessel would go to pieces.

They were brought down to the city in the tug Robert Reed. No blame is attached to Capt. Richardson for the disaster, as a tremendous snow squall was blowing at the time, rendering it impossible for him to keep his course.

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Daily Times (Oswego, NY), Sat., Nov. 1, 1856