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Daily Times (Oswego, NY), Thurs., Jan. 16, 1890

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Has Cleared for Oswego.

The schooner Ella Murton, commanded by Capt. Saunders, cleared for Oswego with 18,000 bushels of barley. This is the latest departure from this port in some years. The wind is from the eastward, and the probabilities are that the voyage will be a fast one. Some eight or ten years ago, the schooner Nellie Sherwood. commanded by Capt. S. Tyo, made a memorable trip from Cape Vincent to Kingston on Jan. 18.

Kingston News of Tuesday

A dispatch received by Gaylord, Downey & Co., states that the Murton left at 7 o'clock this morning. The other attempt was therefore a failure, the wind being against her. The schooner may be looked for this afternoon or evening.

Shortly after on o'clock a sail showed on the distant horizon and from that time the crowd began to gather on the bridge and this crowd continued to increase until two o'clock at which time the Murton was close to the piers and making splendid weather of it. Through the fact that the dispatch was not given to Captain Scott in time, there was no tug ready to meet her and the schooner held on up the river and rounded to in toward the Corn Exchange elevator in splendid style. A line was got out astern but the men on the dock did not secure it and it did not secure it and it did not hold and the schooner kept on up the river.

For a moment it looked as if we were to have a repetition of the bridge accident but the way of the schooner was checked just in time and she touched the bottom lightly, her bowsprit just grazing the railing of the bridge. It is to be regretted that a tug was not ready so that the schooner and her gallant crew might have been taken care of in a proper manner. She was sailed this trip by Capt. John Saunders, one of the best known of our lake captains, and he has certainly carried her through this somewhat remarkable trip in a highly creditable manner. There is no telling what Canadian skippers will try next, but it is certainly something, to remember that on January 16, 1890, the passage from Kingston to Oswego, with a full cargo of barley, was made by the good schooner Ella Murton, sailed by Capt. Saunders. The schooner touched the bottom so lightly that she was not hurt and was got off within an hour.

A Times representative met Captain Jack Saunders of the Murton after his arrival. he took it very easily and did not seem to think it much of a trick, anyhow. They tried it twice before but it was snowing hard each time when they were ready to sail and the ice was making in the harbor and they gave up. This morning at 7:15 they got away and for awhile had barely wind enough to fill the sails. Outside there was more wind and quite a heavy sea but nothing to trouble them.

It snowed hard all the way and they had eight inches of snow on deck. Nothing could be seen until about an hour before they made port. Captain Parsons of the schooner Pride of America, took the schooner into port. Captain Saunders said he had his usual summer crew. His cargo was 17,000 bushels of barley for Gaylord, Downey & Co. The schooner will return to Kingston unless thee is a hard freeze. The collector of the port sent Cap. Saunders a box of fine cigars. Collector Lyman also gave Capt. Saunders a free clearance in recognition of his feat.

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Richard Palmer
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Daily Times (Oswego, NY), Thurs., Jan. 16, 1890