The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Hallowell Free Press (Picton, ON), Dec. 4, 1832

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From the Sackets Harbor Courier.


On the night of the 12th inst., as the MARTHA OGDEN was on her way from Oswego to this port, she sprang a leak, and the pump failing, the men took to bailing out the water with buckets. She however continued to fill despite the utmost exertions of all on board, and was so soon flooded that her fires were completely extinguished, which of course prevented her engine from working. The wind at the time was blowing very severely from N.W., and the Master, Capt. Vaughn, endeavored to make sail; but she was notwithstanding, driven and foundered on the rocks near the Stoney Point, about 14 miles from this place, and yesterday went to pieces. There were a number of passengers on board - and among them three women and eight children - all compelled to stand in the open air from about 11 o'clock at night (the time she struck) until about 9 o'clock yesterday morning, when they were taken on shore by means of a basket and Dutch harness, rigged upon a line leading from the wreck to the shore, and every individual thus saved.

The kindness and attention of the inhabitants in the vicinity where these sufferers landed, completely drenched as they were, with water, which had congealed upon them, cannot be too gratefully remembered by this community; and to the deliberation, skill and unremitting exertions of Captain Vaughan and his crew, the passengers are indebted for their lives. No blame can possibly be attached to Capt. V., as it was altogether owing to fortuitous circumstances that the boat was thrown off her course and driven upon the rocks.

The Martha Ogden was owned by Messrs. L. & S. Denison of this place. We understand there was no insurance upon her.

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Rick Neilson
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Hallowell Free Press (Picton, ON), Dec. 4, 1832