The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Times & Journal (Oswego, NY), Friday, July 20, 1855

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MARINE DISASTER. - Five Men Lost. - The steamer America, Capt. Masson, due here this morning, did not arrive till one o'clock this afternoon, in consequence of a collision which happened between two and three o'clock this morning, off Genesee. Mr. Barry, the Clerk of the America, furnishes us with the following particulars of the accident:

The America was running with all her lights displayed, and came in collision with the schr. Emblem, of Hamilton, cutting the schooner nearly two-thirds through. Capt. Donald Malcomson, of the Emblem; William Malcolmson, Mate; Thomas Malcomson, hand before the mast - three brothers; and John Malcolmson, a cousin of the others, and John Bease, also hands; and Alexander Leith, said to be a passenger, from Oswego, took to the vessel's small boat.

Before the painter was cast off, the schooner capsized, which upset the boat, and the five men in her were drowned. Three others of the crew, Wm. Ross, George Anderson, and a colored cook, who remained on the wreck, were taken off and brought in by the America. The steamer lay by the wreck until after daylight, and took off what ever could be saved. The Emblem cleared from this port on Wednesday evening, light, for St. Catharines, and the wreck continued to float when the America left her. The schooner showed no light that was seen on the steamer when the collision took place. The night was dark and a considerable sea was running.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Times & Journal (Oswego, NY), Friday, July 20, 1855