The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Advertiser & Times (Oswego, NY), Wed., Oct. 3, 1866

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Aeronautics. - The schooner Active, which came into port last night laden with corn from the Welland Canal, saw last evening a large balloon floating over Lake Ontario, off Big Sodus Bay. The balloon was about five miles off the shore, and was gradually settling in the water. The basket in this case was a large oval board with a rail around it, which evidently formed the seat for the aeronaut and was empty.

After it touched water the schooner bore up for it and took it up. It now hangs from the rigging of the schooner at the Continental elevator and attracts a large crowd of speculating observers. Fears are entertained as to the safety of the owner of the vehicle, and ballooning at this season of the year in the vicinity of Lake Ontario reminds us Hood's lines with some modification:

"Oh! have you heard of the mighty balloon,
That left Vauxhall one Sunday at noon,
And people all said we should hear from it soon
With news from Aleppo or Shandaroon.
But people soon afterward changed their tune
It had met with a tradewind - or deduced a monsoon
And had blown out to sea or blown up to the moon.
Sure none but an ape, a fool or baboon
Would go up in October on the shore of Lake Ontario
With the wind blowing southwest, in any balloon.

We shall probably hear soon from the lake shore towns making inquiry for this erratic coach. Capt. Moul, of the Active, has just informed us that the balloon will be left in the possession of George Ames, Esq., of this city, subject to the orders of the owner, whenever it is ascertained who that may be.

P.S. Since writing the above, we learn from Deputy Collector Bundy that friends of his had informed him that a balloon ascension was to take place place in Albion, Orleans county, yesterday forenoon. The aeronaut had advertised his intention to make passage to Syracuse. Albion lies a few miles south of the lake, and is distant from the spot where the balloon was picked up about 60 miles, in a direct westerly line. The balloon, now on boadr the Active, is probably the one which was advertised to ascend from Albion yesterday. There is now great interest manifested in the fate of the daring aerial traveler.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Advertiser & Times (Oswego, NY), Wed., Oct. 3, 1866