The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Aug. 24, 1876

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Ride Out A Gale.
The Scow Sassacus Finds new Anchorage Again.

It is safe to say that Captain Patrick Ryan of the scow-schooner Saccacus knows more about anchorage and holding ground than the engineers who surveyed the lakes. Last fall he rode out a gale of wind off Pultneyville and two years ago he weathered out a "teazer" off Four Mile Point with a cargo of Chaumont stone.

Yesterday morning about six o'clock Captain Ryan found himself on a lee shore near Sheldon's Point, and realizing that his schooner could not work off in the heavy sea setting in from the northward he let go his anchor off the angle end of the new breakwater. When the vessel brought up on her chain she was not over fifty feet from the pier, and although the waves were dashing over she rode gallantly until about four o'clock in the afternoon when she was brought in by the tug Steve H. Lyon, Captain Donovan.

There was considerable indignation among the pwople of the towing association for not sending out a tug earlier in the day. If the schooner's anchors had tripped she would surely have gone against the pier and become a total wreck in a short time. No man has a right to stand by and see another man's property in danger without making an effort to save it. The vessel may not furnish business for the association, but even that is no excuse for neglecting to lend a helping hand in time of danger.

The Sassacus had timber for D.L. Couch, of which she lost 500 feet and lumber and shingles for E. R. Weed from Toronto.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Aug. 24, 1876