The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Wed., April 16, 1873

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Marine Accident. - Last evening about seven o'clock, when the schooner J.J. Bill, Captain Griffin, was being towed up the river by the tugs Crusader and Morey, she sheered badly in the current, and taking the force of the water on her starboard bow ran into the East island and stove a hole in her port bow below the water mark.

After considerable hard pulling by the tugs, the vessel was got above the islands, and it was then noticed that the Hill wad down by the head. In answer to Harbor Master Fitzgeralds Capt. Griffin stated that the vessel was making water freely and requested the Harbor Master to notify the assignees and have the elevator in readiness.

Captain Fitzgeralds started at once, and notified C. Ames & Co. of the accident and of the necessity of prompt action to save the cargo. After some considerable time the elevator men were found and the work of elevating the cargo commenced, but not before a greater portion of the cargo was damaged. A number of pumps from the warehouse of Brown, McCarthy & Co. were procured and speedily put in play, and with the patch over the hole by Captain Fitzgeralds, save the vessel from sinking entirely.

The Hill was loaded with 5,300 bushels of wheat, of which 2,000 bushels were got out dry, from Youngstown, owned by C. Ames & Co., on which there was partial insurance. She was the first vessel to make a round trip from this port this spring, and an accident at this time is to be regretted. Captain Griffin desires to thank Harbor Master Fitzgeralds for his timely assistance and well directed efforts.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Wed., April 16, 1873