The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Syracuse Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY), July 27, 1899

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No Trace Found of Mrs. Griffin
Unsuccessful Search of the Sunken St. Peter
Lake Diver Matoll makes Two Descents to the vessel, but Could Find Nothing of the Woman Supposed to have Been Imprisoned in the Cabin.

The tug John Navagh of Oswego, Captain Scott, having on board W.D. Allen of the South Shore Wrecking Company, Coroner C.J. Vowinkle, Henry Matoll, a lake diver, and Miss Ann Griffin of Toledo, Ohio, were at Sodus Point this afternoon after making two attempts to find the body of Mrs. Griffin, wife of Captain John Griffin of the schooner St. Peter, who was drowned when that boat was wrecked last fall about seven miles west of Sodus Point in Lake Ontario and sank during a raging storm.

The boat was loaded with coal and had on board, it was reported, besides Captain and Mrs. John Griffin, three sailors, who were drowned. Captain Griffin was picked up in a dazed condition by the life saving boat from Charlotte and has never recovered from the shock.

Miss Griffin, who stands the expense of the search for her mother's body, was of the opinion that she had been caught in the cabin. She had several hundred dollars and several valuable rings on her person, and it was for this as well as the body that the search was instituted. Diver Matoll yesterday afternoon made the first trip down to the wrecked boat. He went down 104 feet and had considerable difficulty in keeping his air lines from fouling and becoming entangled in the rigging.

Much interest has been shown by the people of Sodus Point to see the diving people and many went in yachts to witness it. The diver found that the cabin had been torn off from the deck and that the vessel lay northeast with two spars gone. Owing to rough water, it was decided to make another attempt this morning.

This morning the diver entered the remaining portion of the cabin and found that the stove had been turned over, but could see nothing of the body of Mrs. Griffin. Several pieces of the wreck were secured and the tug returned to Sodus Point.

If Mrs. Griffin was in the cabin when the vessel went down, the cabin was probably wrecked after her body had been washed away. The arm recently picked up by Mrs. E.V. Peirson of Newark on Lake Bluff is believed to have been part of Mrs. Griffin's body, and as no remains of the three sailors reported to have gone down with the St. Peter have yet been found it is the opinion of many Sodus Pointers that the captain and his wife were endeavoring to run the vessel on her last trip of the season without aid and that the lack of help accounted for the wreck.

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Richard Palmer
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Syracuse Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY), July 27, 1899