The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Monday, Dec. 7, 1885

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Come Ashore
The Body of Mrs. Eliza Tackaby, Drowned on the Schooner Geo. B. Sloan, Washed Ashore at Baldwin's Bay

While walking along the beach at Baldwin's Bay, about 10 o'clock yesterday morning, Peter Malott, of the Second Ward, saw floating in the water about twenty-five feet from shore the body of a woman. he called to William Hill, a companion, who was a short distance behind him and together they waded into the ice cold water and brought the body ashore. Coroner Barnes was at once notified and the remains were taken to Dain's undertaking rooms where they were examined by Dr. Kingston and found to be in an advanced state of composition. The scalp was torn from the skull and most of the flesh from the hands. The face was bruised and badly disfigured. The trunk of the body and lower limbs were also badly bruised.

The following jury was empanneled, and after viewing the remains they adjourned until 9 A..M. today:

A.K. Hill, Albert Place, John Kane, Edward Dowdie, L. Carlton, Frank Ramsdell, John F. Dain, Robert Young, John Matthews.

This morning Captain McDowell, of the ill-fated schooner George B. Sloan identified the remains as those of Eliza Tackaby, the cook of the schooner Sloan, who was drowned on the morning of October 30th last, when the vessel went to pieces at the mouth of the harbor. William Hill, one of the men who helped remove the body from the water and formerly sailed with Captain McDowell also identified the remains as those of Eliza Tackaby, cook of the wrecked schooner Sloan.

The jury after viewing the remains and hearing the testimony of Captain McDowell, found that the deceased came to her death on the morning of October 30th at the time of the wreck of the schooner George B. Sloan, by drowning. The deceased was a widow about forty years of age, and resided in Brighton, Ont., where the remains will be sent to-day for internment. She leaves one son, a young man twenty years of age.

At the time of the accident an evening paper stated that Capt. McDowell had offered a reward of $100 for the recovery of the body. Cap. McDowell said to-day that he did not offer any reward. The finders of the remains feel that they are entitled to some reward, having waded into the lake to rescue the body and then having to carry it through the swamp at the bay to where it could be reached by the ambulance.

Early this morning a part of the vessel's topmast, eighteen or twenty feet long, washed ashore near Smith & Worts' new box shop in the second ward. It had the appearance of having been broken off recently. A portion of the stay was attached to it.

The schooner Bolivia, about which some anxiety was felt Saturday, arrived at Kingston yesterday and will be towed to Ogdensburg.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Monday, Dec. 7, 1885