The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Otsego Herald (Cooperstown, NY), Aug. 21, 1813

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We are informed, that a Floating Battery, in the form of an Octagon, constructed under the superintendence of Mr. William Cooper, formerly of this village, was stove to pieces on its way from Oswego to Sackets Harbor, the fore part of July.

It is said that 15 men were navigating it, one or two of whom were drowned and the remainder considerably injured. It is stated to have bee built at the expense and risk of Mr. Cooper, and to have cost about $5,000 dollars - intended to have carried 16 heavy guns.

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Richard Palmer
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Otsego Herald (Cooperstown, NY), Aug. 21, 1813