The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Friday, Nov. 7, 1884

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Thrilling Experience.
The Schooner Agnes Hope Becomes Waterlogged off this Port and is Abandoned by Her Crew.

The captain of the schooner Jessie Drummond which arrived here late yesterday afternoon reported that when about fifteen miles off this port - he met the schooner Agnes Hope, "hove to" with no one on board. The vessel's canvas was set and a portion of her deck load gone. Shortly afterwards the captain discovered a yawl boat ahead which, as he drew near to, was found to contain nine persons whom he rightly supposed to be the crew of the Agnes Hope.

The vessel bore down upon the boat and passed within a few feet of it - so near indeed that the occupants of the yawl were alarmed lest they should be run down. A rope was thrown them by some one on the schooner but they failed to hold it and the vessel sped on its way. The sea was very high and it was deemed useless to make any further attempt to rescue them and the captain thought it would be better to reach port as speedily as possible.

Accordingly, on his arrival he notified Mr. Crimmons and the tug Ferris, Capt. Charles Ferris was sent out to find the boat. As the hours wore on and they did not return much anxiety was felt for their safety. At 9:15 the Ferris arrived back, after having made a patient though unsuccessful search for the Hope's crew. Within a few minutes of this time, Captain Savage and his crew, numbering in all seven men and two women, the latter passengers, reached the city, having landed about five miles below this port.

The captain states that he had left the Bay of Quinte yesterday morning with the wind in the northwest and a heavy sea running. When about fifteen miles off this port, at 3 o'clock, the vessel took a roll to windward, and about half the dead load went off. By the time she got back on an even keel the vessel was full of water, and he was soon satisfied it would be impossible to manager her, and determined to take to the boat, which was at once lowered away.

The ladies on board and the crew were soon transferred to the yawl, and without taking their clothing they left the vessel. Soon after they sighted the Drummond and hoped they would be picked up, but unfortunately failed to catch the rope thrown them. The boat was then headed for the shore and after a hazardous experience they reached the land, the yawl boat being carried in on the top of an immense wave till she touched bottom.

A portion of the crew then jumped out and dragged the boat onto the beach. After inquiring where they were they started for Oswego thoroughly worn out. This morning the vessel with her sails set was found ashore six miles above Oswego and just west of Lewis' bluff. The shore for miles is strewn with lumber which was consigned to E.W. Rathbun & Co. Captain Savage and crew have gone up to the wreck.

The Hope was built in Hamilton in 1869, measured 257 tons, valued at $2,000, insured for $1,700 and rates B 2. She is owned by Port Hope parties. A telephone message to the Palladium this afternoon says the Hope is lying easy, close to the beach.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Friday, Nov. 7, 1884