The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Wed., Nov. 12, 1856

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Loss of the Propeller J. W. Brooks

It is ow quite certain that the Propeller J.W. Brooks, Capt. Chas. Hammond, belonging to the "Northern Transportation Line," was lost on Lake Ontario, in the heavy gale that commenced last Tuesday night. Portions of her cargo, and relics that have been picked up and recognized, have little doubt of the melancholy fact.

But we learned from the officers of the steamer New York yesterday afternoon, that portions of the wreck were seen on Stoney Island on Monday, on which the name -- Brooks" was visible. This places her loss far beyond a doubt, and we have to record the total loss of the propeller, cargo and at least THIRTY LIVES, and possibly more, as it is not known how many passengers she may have had.

Her crew consisted of some twenty persons, besides the officers, most of the latter being from Ohio. There has been a long list of recent disasters before, but this the most melancholy event overwhelms them all, and not one soul of all on board of her is left to tell the sad story of the fate of so many of our fellow creatures.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Wed., Nov. 12, 1856