The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), June 10, 1873

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A Rare Sight. - Capt. Estes, a gentleman well known for many years in command of the Lake Ontario steamers, informs us that he was the witness a few nights since of a wonderful phenomenon on Lake Ontario, the like of which he never saw before, and does not expect to see again.

While on his way from the St. Lawrence up the lake, on the steam tug which he is master, and when near the islands known as the False Ducks, and while standing at the wheel, there suddenly burst in view the city of Oswego - thirty-one miles distant- with the gaslight in the streets and all the appearances that a town lighted up would present from a hill in the immediate vicinity at night.

The lighthouse at Oswego, as well as a dozen others on the lake shore below as far as Sackets Harbor, were distinctly seen. It was sort of a night mirage. This display was witnessed for several minutes then slowly faded away into darkness. Such wonderful spectacles are rarely seen either on land or water. - Roch. Union.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), June 10, 1873