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Rescued from Gale's Clutch
Syracuse Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY), Tues., Dec. 16, 1902

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Five Persons, All of Oswego, Saved at Lakeside
Adrift on Angry Waves Thirty-Six Hours Without Food and Without Prospect of Help - Rescued After One of the Most Heroic Struggles of Man for Man Ever Chronicled on the Great Lakes - No Way to Signal for Help.

Special to The Post-Standard

ROCHESTER, Dec. 15. -- Through the bravery of Captain Gray and his crew, five persons and two dogs were rescued from the schooner John R. Noyes of Cleveland, Ohio, and landed safely on the shore at Lakeside after one of the most heroic struggles of man for man ever chronicled on the Great Lakes. The crew had given up all hope of rescue after thirty-six hours without food and without prospect of help.

The crew of the Noyes consisted of Captain George Donovan, Mate J. Ryan and his son, J. Ryan, and wife, and George Premo, all of Oswego. Captain Donovan of the Noyes is the son of the captain of the steamer John E. Hall, believed by the rescuers to be lost.

Captain Donovan reported that his boat, the Noyes, broke away from the steam barge Hall, which towed him out of Charlotte Thursday morning, when they were twenty-five miles off Kingston. That was at 8 o'clock Saturday morning. They drifted all of Saturday, Saturday night, and Sunday morning brought up off Lakeside, about twenty miles east of Charlotte. They threw out their anchor there, giving it sixty fathoms of chain.

Cut the Boat Loose

The sea was so high that the chain stove in the side of the boat, and they had to cut it loose and drift in the wind. Sunday morning the waves broke in the cabin windows, and the five were entirely at the mercy of the storm. The weather was freezing cold, and spray froze to everything it touched almost as quickly as it struck it.

It was while they were apparently in their worst straits that they sighted a steamer passing from the eastward toward Charlotte. For a time their hopes were raised, only to be lowered as the steamer passed without seeing them. The forlorn men of the Noyes had no way to signal for help.

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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.2835788306549 Longitude: -77.3386001586914
Richard Palmer
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