The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), Tues., April 22, 1850

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Quite An Exciting Affair. - Two loaded Canal Boats broke from their moorings yesterday morning, and were carried by the rapid rate of the current past the Piers into the lake. There were five men on board each boat, but it was impossible for them to do anything but to drift along with their craft.

Their condition was anything but desirable, as a strong South wind was blowing, and if the boats were not swamped, they had every prospect of being carried over to the Canada shore. In this condition of things, some small boats put off and rescued the men, but the Canalers continued to drift out of sight.

Although there were four large steamers at the docks, none of them had steam up, but about 11 o'clock the Ontario started out and gave chase. She overhauled them some eight miles from the pier and brought them safely into the harbor.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), Tues., April 22, 1850