The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Thurs., Nov. 21, 1872

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A Sailor Drowned. - Yesterday morning, between 10 and 11 o'clock, a seaman named Phillip Callagan, was drowned by being thrown into the lake from the main boom of the schooner John Magee. At the time of the accident the Magee was coming down the lake and about abreast of Genesee, when the captain ordered the mainsail reefed.

The sail was lowered, the reef tackle hauled out and Callagan went to the end of the boom to pass the earing. While he was passing it the starboard topping lift parted, and the boom dropped so suddenly that he was thrown into the lake. Immediate efforts were made to save the unfortunate man, but without avail, as it was found impossible to bring the vessel up into the wind on account of the heavy sea.

Wood was thrown overboard to the drowning man, but he made no effort to get it, and floated on the water as though stunned. It is thought that the lift, a large, heavy rope, struck him when it broke and injured him. The yawl of the vessel was on deck, the davits having been broken on Lake Erie, and before it could be launched Callagan, who was some distance astern, threw up his arms and sank to rise no more.

Captain Scott speaks of the sailor as a faithful, steady man and a good seaman. One of his shipmates informs us that Callagan was a single man; came to this country about one year since; was about twenty years of age, and was born in Dillinstown, Dunlear County, South Ireland, where his parents now live.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Thurs., Nov. 21, 1872