The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Saturday, June 29, 1874

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The Schooner Shannon, Coal Laden, Bids Farewell to the Lake Marine.

This morning between two and three o'clock, Captain Acton and four sailors, the crew of the schooner Shannon, returned to this port in a yawl, and reported that the schooner, which left here yesterday at 4 P.M., had sprung a leak when between fifteen and twenty miles to the northward of this port, at about 9 o'clock, and sank in twenty minute after the leak was discovered. The Shannon was laden with 100 tons of coal owned by Beyers, Penn & Beyers, Gananoque, Ont., shipped by E.M. Fort.

Captain Acton informs us that when the leak was discovered the pumps were manned, but the water gained so rapidly that it was evident the vessel must go down unless the hole was covered. The jib topsail was cut adrift and an attempt was made to jacket the bow, but the suction was so great that the sail disappeared in the hole, which seemed to extend from the keel to the plankshire alongside of the stem.

Realizing that the vessel could float but a short time, the yawl was lowered and a few things, which were on deck were put into her, and an effort was made to save the mainsail which was new. Before the sail could be detached from the boom the vessel lurched, a warning to the crew, and Captain Acton and his sailors pushed off in the boat, just in time to clear the vessel as she disappeared. With but one oar in the boat the long and tiresome passage to this port was undertaken, and after five hours hard sculling this harbor was reached and the crew landed. Captain Acton lost nearly all of his clothing but others saved their bags.

The Shannon was a small scow schooner of about 100 tons, about six years old and was owned by Captain Acton and his brother, of Gananoque. She was valued at about $2,500 and was but partly insured, Captain Acton having $500 on his one third interest, his brother being uninsured.

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Richard Palmer
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Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Saturday, June 29, 1874