The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Watertown Daily Times (Watertown, NY), Mon., Nov. 29, 1886

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Marine Casualties
Two Schooners Ashore and Two Lives Lost - Particulars of the Accidents.

A special to the Times from Cape Vincent today, says the schooner Lem Ellsworth, loaded with corn from Chicago to Ogdensburg went ashore on the head of Carlton Island yesterday during the snow storm. The tug Proctor went to pull her off, but she was too hard aground and the effort was a failure.

A lighter was brought up today, and about 2,000 bushels of corn will have to be taken off before she can be floated. The Ellsworth is owned in Oswego and sailed by Capt. Murray. She is not leaking, and her cargo will not be damaged.

Last night while trying to release the schooner Charles W. Vorce, an Oswego sailor on handling the tow line attached to the tug Proctor, was caught between the deck and the line, receiving injuries in the region of the chest from which he died this morning.

It seems fortunate that there has been so little loss of life on lake Ontario during the bad weather that has been experienced during the past week. Last Tuesday the schooner Comanche, commanded by Capt. Wm. Becker of Oswego, laden with 21,000 bushels of corn from Chicago to Ogdensburg, was caught in a squall on the lake and her spars partly carried away. The crew did their best to run the vessel into a safe harbor, but were unable to do so.

Saturday night about 8 o'clock the schooner had drifted to the west of Point Peninsula where she ran on a shoal about three-fourths of a mile from the mainland. The Comanche had a draft of about 11 feet, and there is about 9 feet of water over the shoal on which she struck. A large hole was stove in her bottom and the cargo will all be damaged.

Lying as she does, it is possible the vessel may be saved. the Comanche was owned by Capt. Becker and Albert Quonce of Oswego. There was on board when she struck a crew of eight persons, who were about worn out with their labors to keep the craft afloat. They were taken from the wreck Sunday morning, and while engaged in their rescue, Fred Tucker, a young farmer living on Point Peninsula, lost his life by drowning.

The life-boat, manned by Spencer Holbrook, William Graves and Tucker, had made four trips to the wreck and taken off all the crew except Capt. Becker. On the fifth and last trip the boat was swamped and young Tucker went down. The other occupants narrowly escaped the same fate. Tucker was a single man and his parents live at Sandy Creek. He has a brother living at Three Mile Bay.

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Richard Palmer
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Watertown Daily Times (Watertown, NY), Mon., Nov. 29, 1886