The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Wed., Dec. 17, 1902

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Stevenson Broke Away from the Avon Yesterday
Latter Reached Cape Vincent Last Night and Word Was Sent to This City - Westford and Tow at Kingston - Marshall Leaves for Brockville

A telephone message was received here by Thomas Crimmins, commodore of the Oswego Towing Association, from John Hanna, of Ogdensburg, at eleven o'clock last evening asking that the tug Ferris be sent out to look for the tow barge Stevenson, which broke away from the steamer Avon at five o'clock yesterday afternoon eight miles West of the Gallop Islands. On account of the the heavy sea running it was impossible for the Ferris to get out.

The Avon and the Stevenson left here at 1:45 o'clock yesterday afternoon with coal from the D.L. & W. trestle, the former for Ogdensburg and the latter for Brockville, Canada. The Stevenson is owned by John Hanna, of Ogdensburg, and was loaded to eleven feet with 800 tons of coal. The captain of the Avon reached Cape Vincent, where the tug Seymour was waiting to take the tow barge the rest of the way, and reported his loss.

He said the towline parted, but that the Stevenson had got her canvas up and was holding her own with the big sea that was running at the time. The Seymour went out looking for the barge. It is supposed the barge is all right. The captain, J. Mallett, Jr., is a young man and thoroughly acquainted with the lower part of the lake, and it is thought he was able to make the St. Lawrence River all right.

The steamer Westford and her tow consisting of the schooners Annandale, Fleetwing, Tradewind and Queen of the Lakes, reached Kingston at six o'clock last evening. Captain Ebers, of the Westford, wired his agent here, C.C. Buel, that he had a very quick and pleasant run. It was one of the best paying tows that has left Oswego in many years.

The steamer Marshall got away at five o'clock last evening with 500 tons of coal for Brockville. The captain of the Marshall informed the D.L.& W. agents yesterday that he would leave at five o'clock yesterday afternoon, being afraid that if the wind shifted and come out of the northwest, that he would be forced to lay up for the winter. When five o'clock came he cast off the lines and started, although he had but half a load. The Marshall has been sold and is to be delivered at Brockville. Hence the captain's desire to land her there.

At noon today a dispatch was received from Cape Vincent announcing that the barge Stevenson is ashore on Stony Island and that the crew is safe.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Wed., Dec. 17, 1902