The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Mon. Aug. 11, 1919

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Went on Rocks Inside of Ford Shoal Buoy Early This Morning - Trying to Release Her.

The steamer David W. Mills, owned by Frank Peterson of Cleveland, and captained by Matthew Langan of this city, ran hard aground on Ford shoals three miles west of this port at 5:30 this morning in a fog that made it impossible to see only a few feet ahead. The steamer was light and was on its way to Sodus Point when the accident happened. It was stated by the wheelsman who was on duty at the time of the accident that they were endeavoring to get in close in order to pick up and follow the shore to Sodus. In doing so they lost direction and ran aground. A lumpy sea was running at the time.

The lake for the past twenty-four hours has been covered with smoke from the forest fires in Western Canada and it is impossible to see any distance. Late this afternoon the fog lifted somewhat and the Mills was revealed about a quarter of a mile from shore, well inside of the spar buoy which marks the beginning of the shoal and well out of water.

The coast guard crew and the steamer N. Sicken, which was in port here, were endeavoring this afternoon to remove her from the shoals, but up till late had not succeeded.

If a Northwest wind should spring up the boat would be in a dangerous position and would no doubt go to pieces on the rocks. Soundings made by the coast guard this morning revealed that in spots near where the boat is on there is from twenty to thirty feet of water.

The crew of the boat is composed of nearly all local men. Besides Captain Langan, Oswegonians aboard are Engineer Thomas Burke, Assistant Engineer George McCullough and Wheelsman Gallager.

The crew was ashore this morning, but returned to the boat from time to time as their services were needed.

The grounding of the Mills is the first serious marine accident in this vicinity in a number of years.

The Mills, a wooden boat, carries about 1,000 tons and was bound from Montreal. Captain Langan, who was in the city this afternoon, reported her about two feet out on the bow with good water at the stern. The Sicken, which was sent to aid her, was unable to get close enough to get a line out and returned to port. Captain Langan has telegraphed to Cleveland for orders and may send to Kingston or Ogdensburg for a tug.

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Richard Palmer
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Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Mon. Aug. 11, 1919