The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Friday, Dec. 19, 1902

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Sailors Say They Saw Lights on the Main Ducks
Tug Ferris Started Out This Morning, But Was Compelled to Return Because of heavy Seas - Rumors of Wreckage at Cape Vincent.

At noon today nothing had been heard from the steamer John E. Hall or any member of the crew and the suspicion that all were lost has grown almost into a certainty.

There was a story in circulation yesterday afternoon that sailors, who left here on Tuesday in the schooner W.J. Suffel, reported having seen the Hall on the Ducks as they passed the islands, but it is believed that they were mistaken if they ever made such a report. The Suffel reached the Main Ducks after night had set in and it would have been impossible to have seen any boat that might have been on the beach. Had the Hall been seen, however, Captain Tom Van Dusen, a most reliable man, would have been the first to have telegraphed the news.

The tug Ferris started out this morning for the purpose of making a trip to the Ducks to discover any possible trace of the missing seamer or any member of her crew. The tug in charge of Captain Charles Ferris left just before eight o'clock and got outside about five miles when she was forced to turn back and lay up along side her dock at the foot of Market street. There was a tremendous sea running, the waves going completely over the cabin on the tug. As soon as the sea goes down Captain Ferris will make another attempt.

Saw Lights on the Ducks.

Charles Haynes, who was on the Suffel, said that it was dark when the passed the Main Ducks last Tuesday night. From the lake they could see two white lights burning, but whether they came from the stranded steamer or from a house on the island they were unable to tell.

When the weather clears and the tug Ferris has had an opportunity to reach the Ducks and make an examination, some information may be obtained, even if members of the crew are not there.

No Wreckage at the Cape.

Cape Vincent, Dec. 19. 0 (Special.) There has been no wreckage reported as having come ashore at this place as far as can be heard from. No news regarding the missing steamer Hall or crew.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Friday, Dec. 19, 1902