The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Mon., April 6, 1857

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Disaster on Lake Ontario - Loss of the Schooner Fashion. - The first disaster of the season on Lake Ontario, occurred on Thursday last, by the loss of the schooner Fashion off Genesee River.* The Rochester Union has the following particulars:

"The schooner Fashion, of Bond Head, left that place on Wednesday, bound for Genesee, with a cargo of 305 barrels of flour. The weather was very heavy, and during the latter part of the day and in the night there was a strong gale and tremendous sea running. The Fashion labored hard in the sea, and early in the night sprang leak.

"Captain Gibson, with a crew of five men, did all he could to keep the vessel afloat and steered for Genesee. The water gained rapidly and the schooner was soon water logged and unmanageable. About 2 o'clock Thursday morning, when the Fashion was about five miles off Genesee, she capsized. Captain Gibson and crew took the small boat and headed for shore, which they succeeded in reaching, though some of the men suffered intensely from the cold. Their escape was indeed a fortunate one.

"The Fashion was not a large vessel nor was she a new one. We do not hear that the vessel or cargo was insured. The wreck afterwards drifted ashore on Thursday, two miles or more west of Genesee River, and lies there a total wreck. The seas are breaking over her and will soon tear her in pieces. A hundred barrels or more of the flour had been washed ashore and hauled out.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Mon., April 6, 1857