The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily Times (Oswego, NY), Mon., Dec. 15, 1902

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Boat has Fierce Battle With Storm.
Steamer Niko Arrived Last Night Short of Coal.
Thrilling Experience.
Left Toronto Thursday and Spent Four Days on the Lake - Did not Have Coal Enough to Break Through the Ice.

About seven o'clock last night the steamer Niko, Captain Thomas Beggs of Chicago, arrived off this port and her whistles were kept blowing to announce the fact. Captain Anderson and the Life Saving Crew were on the East pier and were told by those aboard the steamer that she was without coal having exhausted her entire supply on the run from Toronto.

The Niko left Toronto Thursday and had the most exciting experience that Captain Beggs ever had. His steamer was in the lake battling with the waves, cold and snow Thursday night, all day and all night Friday and until early Saturday morning, when she reached the Galloup islands. here he took shelter and later in the day headed for this port only to be driven back by another storm. Sunday morning the steamer made another attempt to reach this port and finally succeeded though not without difficulty.

The Niko is frozen in the ice about twenty feet North of the lighthouse and this morning coal and provisions were carried to her in baskets. When the steamer reached here it was announced that she was without fuel this being caused by the long and rough voyage she experienced.

Captain Beggs when seen this afternoon said that he had never had such an experience in his life. He said it snowed almost continually since Thursday and the weather was extremely severe. He said if the boat had been out a little while longer she would have been entirely out of coal.

While endeavoring to break through the ice last night Captain Charley Ferris of the tug Ferris had a narrow escape from serious injury. he was at the wheel and in some manner the wheel forced him to the floor of the wheelhouse. The Captain is a little sore to-day, but beyond this is all right although if the wheel handle struck him he might have been seriously injured.

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Richard Palmer
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Daily Times (Oswego, NY), Mon., Dec. 15, 1902