The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Feb. 29, 1836

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The Schooner "Medora"
Story of Her Loss With All On Board
Composed by Royal L. Heath

Come, all kind husbands, now behold
A scene that makes my blood run cold;
All loving wives may not appear;
In solemn mourning drop a tear.

Come let us weep for those who weep
For their lost friends lung'd in the deep.
And let us now all take some part
In grief which breaks the tender heart.

O, God! who knows the wants of men
Direct my mind, and guide my pen,
That I may bring the truth to light
Of this dread scene, and awful night.

'Tis now these lines I bring to view,
The captain and his vessel crew,
With passengers - two men - no wives,
And how and when they lost their lives.

On Tuesday morning as we did hear,
The Medora from the canal did steer;
'Twas E.N.E. they did steer.
Bound for Oswego, as we did hear.

They had not sailed long, before
The winds did blow, the sea did roar,
Which caus'd each heard to lament full sore,
And strive to gain some port on shore.

The winds increased all the night
Which did the seam much affright;
The captain says, "with us 'tis over;
We never more can reach the shore."

Thus, one by one on board, was lost;
Till eight poor souls were drown'd at last;
Were drowned - buried in the deep,
Which causes many for to weep.

On Tuesday morning 'twas cold and clear;
The 12th of November, as you shall hear;
Twas early at the dawn of light,
When the Medora appeared in sight.

Scarce could one to the Medora go,
The billows over her did flow;
Her people plunged in the deep;
They've lost their lives in silent sleep.

The shores were lin'd both far and ear,
To see what they could find and hear;
At last some friends they did appear,
Enquiring for their children dear.

Near Little Sandy Creek were found,
These bodies four, which then were drown'd -
Were drowned - buried in the lake
Which causes many a heart to ache.

On Wednesday morning, at break of day
Two men were found upon the lake,
And from the water we did them take,
And carried them to a solemn place.

Their names, we now would here describe,
One Thaddeus Clarke, we can't deny,
There was Mr. Hezekiah Morse,
Who from the water we took first.

The other names you soon shall hear,
'Twas Charles M'Dade it doth appear,
Lay in the Medora all the while,
We search'd upon the shore for miles.

There's one more name for to describe;
'Tis Mr. Doozenbury drown'd;
He was the first that came on shore;
But yet we look'd and searched for more.

And when their bodies we did find,
It was a dreadful solemn time;
to see the people flocking round,
To see the corpses on the ground.

But oh! how dreadful to relate,
There's four men lies in the lake
Lays floating this wide lake all o'er.
Which grieves their parents' hearts full sore.

But oh! how dreadful 'tis to hear
The parents mourning far and near
For their poor children lies in the deep,
Which causes many for to weep.

Although the lines which I've enroll'd
'tis not one-tenth which can be told,
Who lost their lives all in the gale,
And found at last a watery grave.

Upon our upper lakes we hear
There's many a friend and parent dear,
Was swept into the foaming deep
Which causes many for to weep.

Come, all you seamen far and near,
Come, listen to these lives so dear,
Before with you it is all o'er -
You sink at last to rise no more.

I hope you will in time prepare
To meet your God where'er you are;
Whether by water or by land,
When he shall give the dread command.

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The Medora was wrecked Nov. 11, 1835 in Mexico Bay.
Date of Original:
Feb. 29, 1836
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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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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Feb. 29, 1836