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

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Disasters on Lake Ontario.

The wreck of the George B. Sloan on the Oswego piers in the spring was considered a bad opening of the season, but Lake Ontario behaved well until the close of the season which thus far has proven disastrous. Within a fortnight a number of disasters have occurred and two lives lost.

A Canadian vessel laden with grain went ashore on Four Mile Point and is supposed to be a total wreck. The schooner Lem Ellsworth, corn from Chicago to Ogdensburg, went ashore on Carlton island Sunday, and has since been relieved by the tug Proctor after a part of the cargo had been lightered. A sailor was caught under the hawser and received injuries from which he died in a few hours. The schooner Comanche went ashore on the head of Point Peninsula in a blinding snow storm while in tow of the tug Ferris. The hawser was cut and a moment later the tug went bounding over a shoal, stuck for a moment and then swung off into the long swells with a portion of one bucket left on the wheel. She came with the wind to Sackets Harbor, the remnant of the wheel giving her barely steerage way.

At daylight a number of farmers on the shore discovered the wreck and saw the crew in the rigging, and immediately set about the rescue which was not accomplished until the afternoon. On the return from the last trip to the wreck the boat was overturned and a young farmer named Tucker was drowned and the others barely escaped a similar fate. The Comanche was owned by Capt. Wm. Becker and Albert Quonce, of Oswego, and was laden with corn from Chicago to Ogdensburg, and encountering a gale on Lake Ontario, ran into Oswego stripped of her canvas. The Ferris was engaged to tow her to Ogdensburg. After making Stony Island passage the tug attempted to run to Sackets with the above result.

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Richard Palmer
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Watertown Herald (Watertown, NY), Sat., Dec. 4, 1886