The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Monday, Dec. 11, 1876

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Iron Shrouds for Vessels.

"Speakin' about standin' riggin," remarked an old tar yesterday after he had wiped his knife blade, with which he had peeled an apple on the skirt of a man's coat sitting next to him and made a half circle in a plug of navy, "reminds me that I knew three vessels on the upper lakes with standin' riggin' of iron rods inch and a half in diameter.

"Last summer one of the schooners while passin' through the draw of the International bridge, Niagara river, steered a little wild and her shrouds caught on the bridge. The iron work of the bridge would not give but the shrouds did and when the vessel was stopped it was found that the shrouds had not broken but had stretched two feet. After getting the vessel clear of the bridge she was towed to Tonawanda and on her arrival there the weather suddenly changed from warm to cold.

"As it was night the mate thought he would not bother with the riggin' until mornin' and so the turn screws were not worked. In the mornin' the crew on reachin' the deck found the shrouds all right and tight, the frost durin' the night havin' contracted the iron. Now if those shrouds had been wire or Russia rope they would have broken when they caught on the bridge. Of course I'm in favor of iron," replied the old man to a question.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Monday, Dec. 11, 1876