The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Dec. 6, 1886

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Saved By A Cow.
The Experience of a Ship-Wrecked Crew at Stony Point

"Speaking of narrow escapes by ship-wrecked sailors," said Captain James Jackman, of the schooner Gold Hunter, Saturday, "reminds me of an experience I once had about thirty years ago and I shall never forget. I have been in tight places but the experience of that night was the most terrible in my career as a sailor.

"It was late in the fall, with snow on the ground and a bitter cold night, when the vessel I was sailing went ashore on Stony Point. The seas broke over the vessel, and she soon broke in two. Singularly enough, we had all taken refuge aft and when the vessel broke the after part was carried by the sea high up towards the shore. We managed to get off, wet through and covered with ice.

"We did not know which way to go as not one of us had ever been there before. Finally a light was discovered a long way off and the crew of seven started towards it. On the way the cook gave out and fell beside a fence we had to climb. We did not notice that he was missing for some time. He died there during the night and his body was not found till the following morning.

"We struggled along as best we could but finally decided that it would be impossible to reach the house in which the light was burning. After wandering around for a time we finally came upon an old shed in which there was a cow. The men were almost frozen and thoroughly tired out. The cow lay on the shed floor in some hay and the seven men lay down around her. I actually believe that the animal heat from the cow kept us alive till morning."

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Dec. 6, 1886