The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily Times (Oswego, NY), Mon., Aug. 13, 1888

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A Serious Disaster.
The SchoonerLady MacDonald Dashed into the Lower Bridge - The Tug Unable to Hold Her.

About four o'clock this afternoon the Lady MacDonald was seen coming into the harbor and the tug Cummings started for her but the MacDonald was going so fast that the tug could not get a line to her before she reached the island.

The speed of the MacDonald was so great that she actually seemed to be towing the tug. Just below the bridge the tug struck bottom and the line parted and the MacDonald crashed into the bridge bows on, cutting through it nearly to the middle of the bridge. But that the schooner struck bottom before she reached the bridge it seems probably that she would have cut it entirely in two.

As it was the planking was torn up nearly to the middle of the bridge. A great crowd gathered to witness the most novel sight ever seen in the Harbor of Oswego. The MacDonald barely missed the pier as she came in.

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There is an original photo showing the Canadian schooner "B. Freeman" on the beach east of Fair Haven, taken this date.      
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Mon., Aug. 13, 1888
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Richard Palmer
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Daily Times (Oswego, NY), Mon., Aug. 13, 1888