The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), July 10, 1878

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The Trip of the Hastings

Belleville Ontario: - Both of the Oswego papers have long and sensational accounts of the steamer Hastings being lost on the lake, and censure her officers very strongly. We are in a position to say that her officers are not in the least way blamable. On the night in question an old and experienced pilot was placed in charge, in order to relieve the officers of the boat, who had been overworked, and the blame must rest on his shoulders. Either one of the old officers of the boat, under ordinary circumstances, could have taken their boat safety to Oswego.

If a man who cannot tell the Oswego light in a clear and radiant night from the light of an N. T. propeller is considered an experienced pilot for a Canadian boat, the quicker the traveling public find it out the better. Perhaps the Ontario can state what were the extraordinary circumstances under which, on this occasion, either of the old officers of the boat, or both of them could not take their boat safely to Oswego.

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July 10, 1878
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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), July 10, 1878