The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Mon., Nov. 3, 1856

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Schooner J. P. Hale - The Crew Rescued.

The crew of the schooner John P. Hale, Capt. John Richardson, which went ashore four miles west of this city Friday forenoon, were taken off Saturday morning, about six o'clock, with the Life Boat. A party of noble hearted sailors and others remained on the beach all Friday night, and kept up a large fire. Several unsuccessful attempts to launch the life boat were made Friday afternoon, but the breakers ran too high and it was swamped.

The crew of the Hale were more comfortable than was supposed. The vessel lay on the rocks, so high that the cabin was dry, and the crew could thus escape exposure. The vessel is broken in two, and will be nearly a total loss. The amount of the loss is about $30,000, which is covered by insurance in the Buffalo Mutual.

The generous and heroic conduct of the men who voluntarily gave their services in this trying emergency, deserves more than a passing notice, as well as the thanks of the public. The night was very inclement, and forbidding, but these noble sailors did not stop to consider their own comfort, while the lives of ten of their fellow sailors were in peril.

Capt. Judson of the schooner Wellington, brought the news of the condition of the Hale, which lay some three quarters of a mile from the shore. Capt. Charles Parker, and many others immediately started with the Life Boat to the rescue. On reaching the spot Capt. Parker and seven others attempted to reach the vessel, but the life boat was swamped by the breakers three times. A number then volunteered to stand by all night.

About 2 o'clock a fourth attempt was made but the boat again swamped. At four o'clock, A.M., a fifth and successful attempt was made and the crew was happily reached.

The following are the names of the Boat's Crew that made the rescue: - Capts. Charles Parker of the schooner Wm. Lewis; D. King of the Persian; Wm. Vance of the Gerrit Smith; Green of the Challenge; Lake of the Buckingham Vantassel of the Watts Sherman; Pennington of the Medbury; Parish of the Minot Mitchell.

The following are the names of the other masters, who volunteered for Boat's Crew, and stood by all night: - Capts. Judson, Flick, Brewer, Peters, Mora, Whitney, Hand, Litts, Kirby, Stone, Morely and Pease.

The following citizens rendered valuable aid: C.O. Williams, William N. Robins, S.R. Beardsley, James Navagh, John Lee, Geo. Goble, M. Bronson, Thos. Ferguson, N. Kilborne, A.J. Latham, T. Dobbie and E.D. Cardner.

Capt. N. Wright, of the tug Robert Reed, deserves public thanks also for his promptitude in starting for the vessel early in the morning, and taking the rescue crew, and the crew of the Life Boat, on board, and landing them in the city in safety.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Mon., Nov. 3, 1856