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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Mon., Nov. 10, 1873

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The Missing Schooner.

Two weeks ago last Saturday afternoon the schooner Gilbert Mollison, Captain Joel A. Turner, left Chicago for this port with 20,022 bushels of corn, and since that time nothing has been heard of her whereabouts. Several Oswego vessels left at the same time the Mollison did, and all of them have arrived at this port. Mr. E. Mitchell, one of the owners, has returned from Detroit, unable to hear a word from the vessel, and now entertains the worst fears. The gale in which it is feared she was lost was the worst ever experienced on Lake Michigan, bursting upon the vessels without much warning, two weeks ago tomorrow morning. The wind came from the northeast, strong and fearful, accompanied with blinding snow, and continued for two days, driving vessels before it onto reefs and shoals, to harbors of refuge and some, to the bottom of the lake.

"Hope deferred maketh the hear sick," and so it has been with all who have friends and relatives on the Mollison. Day after day they have looked for tidings of the missing vessel; awaiting for the morrow to bring something that never came, and at last have brought to look stern reality in the face. If the Mollison has gone, she has taken with her as good men as ever trod the deck of a vessel.

Her crew, as near as can be learned, consisted of the following: Joel A. Turner, captain; William Halliday, mate; Judson Prosser, second mate; George Halliday, George Messmore and another whose name is not known, seamen; Kate Shaughnessey, cook. The captain, two mates and Matthew lived in the town of Scriba, about four miles from this city; Driscol and George Halliday in this city; Messmore in the Welland Canal and Kate Shaughnessey in Belleville, Ontario. Captain Turner leaves a wife and five children and George Halliday a wife and two children.

The Mollison was built by A. Miller & Co., this city, in the spring of 1870, and rated A 1. She was a substantial vessel, and was valued at $22,000. She was insured for $16,000 - $10,000 in the Aetna and $6,000 in the Phoenix, and owned by E. & O. Mitchell and M. Murray of this city. The cargo of corn with which she was laden, Welland Canal load, belonged to E. & O. Mitchell, on which there was no insurance.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Mon., Nov. 10, 1873