The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Advertiser & Times (Oswego, NY), Mon., Dec. 3, 1866

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Vessel Wrecked - Crew Lost - The Bodies of Three Of The Sailors Brought To Oswego. - On the 30th inst., the keeper of the light house on Galloo Island, Lake Ontario, with two men, saw a schooner going down toward the St. Lawrence, probably bound for Ogdensburgh. When opposite the Island, and one and a half miles to the northwest of the light house, she struck a shoal, and was unable to get off.

She struck about 9 o'clock A.M. At twenty minutes of 11 the mainmast fell over and at 11 the foremast also fell. The wind was blowing a gale and a heavy sea running, so no boats could be sent from the island with any hope of reaching the imperiled crew of the schooner. The vessel hung in the same position till 1 P.M., when she also sunk out of sight. her small boat drifted ashore about an hour after she went down.

The lighthouse-keeper and his two companions remained on the beach till dusk. Shortly before night-fall three or four of the crew were seen floating on the hatches. One of them came so near that an oar was handed to him. he caught it, but a heavy sea washed him back and he was not seen afterwards. One of the crew was picked up that evening on the shore, about three miles from the head of the Island, and two more were found the next morning.

A board was picked up with the name "Ballard" on it, and the vessel is supposed to have been the "M. Ballard," of Detroit, with a crew of ten men, all of whom are probably lost. The schooner E.B. Gannett, Capt. E. Wilder, of Sackets Harbor, came in this morning, bringing the bodies of the three men picked up on the island. Captain Pierce is holding an inquest, the result of which we will announce tomorrow.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Advertiser & Times (Oswego, NY), Mon., Dec. 3, 1866