The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Monday, Sept. 25, 1865

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Loss of the Propeller Buckeye - By a telegram received in this city this morning, we learn that the Northern Transportation Co.'s propeller "Buckeye" struck a rock in the St. Lawrence River yesterday, among the Thousand Islands, and sunk in 70 feet of water. It is also stated that seven persons were drowned. We have not learned the names of those lost, or whether they were of the passengers or crew. Should any further intelligence be received before we go to press we will publish it.


Since the above was written, we have been furnished by Mr. Fuller, operator for the Western Union Line, with the following particulars concerning this catastrophe, received by telegraph from Ogdensburgh:

Ogdensburgh, Sept. 25. - The fine propeller Buckeye, of the Northern Transportation Co.'s line, left this port for Toledo on Saturday evening with a number of passengers, and a cargo of about fifty tons of merchandise, and some weight of marble. When near Cross Over Light, in the Thousand Islands of the St. Lawrence, about a mile above Oak Point, at four o'clock Sunday morning, she struck a sunken rock and sank in seventy feet of water.

At first no great alarm was felt, and immediate efforts were making to back off, when it was found that she was rapidly filling. The passengers had been aroused, but hardly had time to collect their senses when the vessel slid from the rock and sank stern foremost. Three, and probably four, passengers are known to have gone down. The names of the three known to be lost are Mrs. O'Neil of Oswego, and Mrs. and Miss Aubrey of Burlington. Miss Aubrey was aroused and could have been saved, but refused to desert her mother.

Before Mrs. Aubrey could be got at, the boat careened on her side, and mother and daughter went down together. In fact, scarcely 20 minutes elapsed from the time the Buckeye struck till she sunk. As she went down, the mate noticed three men in the water under the stern. It is feared they were also lost.

The survivors were brought to this port by the steamer Champion of the Royal Mail Line. We believe this is the first instance in which the lives of passengers have been lost by any accident to the company's steamers. The extreme darkness of the night and the low water in the St. Lawrence are reasons given for this sad catastrophe.

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Richard Palmer
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Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Monday, Sept. 25, 1865