The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Times and Express (Oswego, NY), Mon., Dec. 6, 1886

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Captain Becker's Statement
His Version of the Wreck of the Comanche and to Whom Honor is Due - Bravery of the Men Along Point Peninsula.

Captain William Becker, of the wrecked schooner Comanche, has arrived here from Point Peninsula and in conversation with a Times Express representative makes a statement which ought to be given in justice to the brave men who worked so nobly to save the crew of the Comanche. The facts in regard to the wreck have already been given.

Capt. Becker says: "The first men who came on board were Windsor Angels, Peter Dingham and Fred Tucker, the young man who was afterward lost. The men on shore hoisted a signal early in the morning to show that they meant to bring help and about 8 o'clock these three came out and I at once sent the mate and his wife ashore with instructions to go and telegraph. In the meantime the men on shore had sent a wagon for a large boat and when it arrived Spencer Holbrook and William Graves came out and took ashore two men with their baggage.

"They came back and took off the balance of the men leaving the captain and Fred Tucker on board. On the last trip we started all right and had made about half the distance when they were obliged to cross a little bar. The first comber shook us up a little and the second threw her into the trough of the sea and rolled her over and all the men were struggling in the water. We all rolled over four or five times underwater and sometimes on top.

"Tucker soon gave out and was pulled up in the boat two or three times, but the last time I pulled him up he was gone and the next wave swept him away. We finally drifted through the breakers and I got astride of the boat at the stern and Graves at the bow and Holbrook in the middle. Those on shore saw the trouble and got out the other boat but there was some hesitation about who should go out in her. At last Eleazer Watkins threw off his coat and pushed off the boat alone. As he passed us Graves, who was on the bow, sung out to him. 'Go to the captain first; he won't last a minute longer.' Watkins did so and by throwing his arm over the gunwale of the boat was able to support myself and finally tumbled into the boat utterly exhausted.

"Graves stayed on the drifting boat and some men got a skiff and went out and saved him. A wagon was ready and we were taken to a house where every attention was paid us. I wish to say that I owe my life to William Graves, Spencer Holbrook and Eleazer Williams, who worked like heroes."

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Times and Express (Oswego, NY), Mon., Dec. 6, 1886