The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Sat., Dec. 4, 1886

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The Ocean Wave
Lying in the Sand at Port Ontario - The Captain's Statement.

Pulaski, Dec. 3. - The schooner Ocean Wave came ashore opposite the old light house at Port Ontario about 2:30 o'clock this afternoon. She is a small fore and aft vessel with 5,000 bushels of barley, for Oswego. Her crew are as follows: Captain, Wm. Martin; mate, Albert Palmater; seamen, John Pierce, Mark Hare, Robert Mordaunt, George Pierce, a boy cook. The Captain makes the following statement:

"We left Wellington, Ont., yesterday morning but owing to the storm were forced to seek Willard's bay for shelter. We left Willard's bay at 10 o'clock in the evening on account of ice forming so fast in the bay. The weather was fine until near morning when it came on so thick we could not make out any land. We came past Oswego without observing it.

"We drifted into Mexico bay, not knowing where we were. We could have kept out a little longer but thought best to go ashore before dark as the chances of saving our lives would be better. As soon as the vessel struck we attempted to reach the land in our small boat but were capsized almost immediately and had great difficulty in reaching the shore. The vessel and men were coated with ice and we suffered greatly."

The captain and his men received all the needed assistance after reaching shore, and are comfortably quartered awaiting assistance from Oswego. Should the weather be calm and attempt will be made to get the schooner off, as she lies easy in the sand broadside on. In cutting the frozen clothing from the sailors a young man named Bunn had his hand severely cut, almost severing it at the wrist.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Sat., Dec. 4, 1886