The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Sat. , Feb. 2, 1878

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An Awful Death - The Victim of an Unmanageable Ice Boat - Collision at a Mile a Minute.

Mr. George Goble of this city received a despatch yesterday announcing the death of his nephew, George Collins, killed by an ice boat. Thursday at 4 p. m. he started from Morristown for Clayton in an ice boat. After he passed Wells Island the wind blew a perfect gale. he lost control of the rudder and went towards Clayton at the rate of a mile a minute.

He struck the deck back of the post office, with terrific force, completely splitting his body. His hip was thrown out of joint and his ankle broken, in addition to the frightful rupture sustained. The unfortunate man lived through the night in unspeakable agony, dying about eight o'clock yesterday morning.

The deceased was the son of Captain Thomas Collins who is well known here, was about 40 years old, and leaves a wife and one child. He served in the Navy during the War of the Rebellion, and till last year worked at his trade as ship carpenter with his uncle, John Oades of Detroit. The funeral will occur at 1 p. m. tomorrow. Mr. Goble and his sons will attend. The deceased was a man of splendid physique and was highly esteemed by his friends and acquaintances.

The Watertown Despatch of to-day has a telegram from Clayton, dated yesterday, which gives a little different statement of the accident as follows: Lewis was thrown off and the boat becoming unmanageable ran into the dock. Mr. Collins, who was standing near the spar, was thrown eight or ten feet into the air and struck on the ice with sufficient force to split the pelvis and cause internal injuries. He died at about half past ten last night.

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This is interesting from because it shows some family relationships to shipbuilders. Oswego shipbuilder George Goble's wife was a Collins whose family built ships at Clayton. The Collins family was related to John Oades, shipbuilder from Clayton, later Detroit.
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Sat. , Feb. 2, 1878
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Richard Palmer
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Sat. , Feb. 2, 1878