The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Tuesday, Oct. 17, 1916

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Schooner Blown From Moorings

With the wind blowing a gale of sixty miles an hour from the West and Northwest at the outer breakwater at 4:30 a.m. this morning, the schooner Lizzie Metzner, moored opposite the Lackawanna trestle, parted her lines and drifted down under the fort bank, where she is high and dry on the beach, a total wreck.

The steamer M.T. Green, with lumber from Georgian Bay for the Diamond Match Company, also parted her lines and but for the fact that she had steam on, might have encountered serious trouble. As it was, she moved away into a place of shelter just in time.

The Metzner arrived here about 10 p.m. last night light from Kingston, and sailed up into the new harbor and made fast to the breakwater, with the steamers M.T. Green and the McVittie just ahead of her.

About 4:30 a.m. this morning she gave an unusually heavy surge, the lines parted and she was being swept into the current of the river. Captain Daryaw was awakened and hastening upon deck called the other two members of the crew aboard. In letting go the big anchor the chains became foul and it could not be set free. The small anchor was dropped, but it did not hold and the schooner dragged into the graveyard, where the Albacore, Snow Bird and Wood Duck and a number of other boats piled up in past seasons, none of which were ever released.

When the Metzner struck there was a tremendous sea running in the lake and Captain Clemens, of the Coast Guard station, was on hand with breeches buoy to rescue the crew, which consisted of Captain Daryaw, Hiram, Willard and J.R. Lobb, all of Kingston. The inrushing seas picked the schooner up and bodily and she was pitched against the stone wall east of the Coast Guard station, where she lies high and dry.

The Metzner was valued at $6,000, as vessel property is now selling, and all that can be salvaged is her sails and rigging, it is believed. Yesterday afternoon the steamers Porter, Ringleader and Glen Allen got away for Kingston and it is believed that they reached port all right, or at least a haven from the storm at the foot of the lake. The steamer Ralph and consort Dobb, Erie to Kingston, with soft coal, ran in here last night and are windbound.

The sky had a threatening look last night and the barometers told of the storm's approach and prudent sailormen made for refuge. The steamer Phelps is in light and the Isabella H. with gravel. The handsome yacht Flavin, James K. Hackett, the actor's boat, arrived here from Wolfe island on its way to New York by canal. Mr. Hackett was not aboard.

There was a report in circulation all day that a schooner was ashore west of the city. After noon it was specified as the St. Louis. Telephone inquiries to points west failed to elicit any information. The life saving crew had had no advices.

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Richard Palmer
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Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Tuesday, Oct. 17, 1916