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W. S. Malcolm (Schooner), waterlogged, 21 Aug 1856

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Schooner W.S. MALCOLM, picked up waterlogged and towed into Oswego.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 31, 1857 (1856 casualty list)
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      The schooner W.S. MALCOLM, Capt. Barck, which we noticed yesterday as being water-logged up the lake, was towed into port last evening by the tug ROBERT REED. When the tug found the MALCOLM, she was a short distance this side of Big Sodus, about ten rods from shore, drawing 12 feet of water. - Oswego Times, 23.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Monday, August 25, 1856

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      Strange Conduct Of The Captain & Four Of The Crew.
      Capt. Smith, of the schooner KYLE SPANGLER, which arrived here last night from Cleveland, reports to us that he found the schooner W.S. MALCOLM, Capt. Barck, with a cargo of lumber for this port, waterlogged yesterday afternoon, about nine miles up the lake, and four miles from shore. The Captain and four of the crew had deserted the MALCOLM, leaving two small boys, one about twelve and the other sixteen years of age, to take charge of the vessel. Capt. Smith of the SPANGLER, despatched a boat to the unfortunate vessel, rescued the boys, and brought them into port. They were chilled through, when taken off, and very much exhausted. When Capt. Smith first discovered the vessel, by the aid of a glass, one of the boys was in the rigging, making signals for relief. Notwithstanding Capt. Smith has done no more than what every true sailor would do in like circumstances, he should receive full credit for his services in this instance, in rescuing those whom Capt. Barck had deserted and given to the mercy of the waves. ----Oswego Times
      Kingston Daily News
      Wednesday, August 27, 1856

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Reason: waterlogged
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $300
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Recovered
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.25729 Longitude: -76.96663
William R. McNeil
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W. S. Malcolm (Schooner), waterlogged, 21 Aug 1856