The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Advertiser & Times (Oswego, NY), Sat., Dec. 7, 1867

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Schooner Baltic. - The schooner Baltic, Capt. James Burns, of Chicago, from Milwaukee, with 15,500 bushels of wheat, consigned to Major Merrick sunk in the harbor last night. The Baltic lost her canvas in the terrific gale, and in trying to make the harbor, struck on the East pier, and pounded along there for some time. Her crew succeeded in jumping of on the pier, and the vessel finally drifted around opposite the island, where she filled and sunk. She is broken in two amidship and both vessel and cargo will prove a total loss.

The cargo was insured, but for what amount is not known. We understand there was no insurance on the vessel, which was owned by Capt. Burns. The crew state that they never before spent such a night on the lakes, and expected momentarily to go down.

The cook of the Baltic had a small child with her, and seeing that the vessel must go ashore, climbed up some 15 or 20 feet, into the rigging, and when the schooner struck the shore, she threw the child to one of the sailors who had already jumped off, by whom it was safely caught. The woman herself then jumped for the pier, and missed, and fell into the water. The waves washed her aboatd the vessel, and when she again struck, the cook made another attempt to gain the pier, and was successful. The men were thoroughly drenched and benumbed, and spent the night by the fire in the police office.

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Oswego Advertiser & Times (Oswego, NY), Sat., Dec. 7, 1867