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Oswego Times & Journal (Oswego, NY), Sat., July 21, 1855

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The Collision between the Steamer America and the Schooner Emblem _____

In our account, hastily made up yesterday, of this melancholy disaster, we gave the names of six persons being lost, as we obtained them from Mr. Berry, the Purser of the America, who informed us at the same time that five persons were lost. We are still unable to correct the error, but it is most probable the latter number of lost is the correct one.

We learn some further facts from Capt. Masson, of the America, who was standing forward, beside the mate; had passed the Canada a short time previous, and saw her lights distinctly, although the night was extremely dark, the wind blowing fresh; saw the May Flower light ahead. The first indication he had of the schooner, was a terrific scream from the vessel's crew, and in an instant the glaring light of the steamer fell fully upon the spread canvas of the vessel.

A boat was lowered at once from the steamer, which rowed around the vessel and took off the three men named; the others were not to be found. The steamer lay by till morning, when a dog belonging to the vessel was found sitting upon the wreck and taken off. The collision threw the steamer's anchor over which was found hanging to the wreck and saved.

The persons rescued, state that they had no lights burning, and attribute no blame whatever to the steamer. The America is not injured in the slightest. When she left, the schooner was nearly in two parts, and it is presumed she twisted in two in a very short time. Capt. Masson feels keenly the misfortune, but the occurrence was one for which he is not in the slightest degree responsible.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Times & Journal (Oswego, NY), Sat., July 21, 1855