The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Tues., Dec. 1, 1874

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The Schooner Augustus Ford.

Captain William Morgan, insurance agent, returned home yesterday from the scene of the Augustus Ford disaster. he reports the vessel as lying broadside to the beach, heading eastward, below Port Maitland, almost completely imbedded in the sand. The wheat, which was swollen by the water and then frozen, was so hard that picks had to be used in getting it out.

The vessel was in bad shape, her decks having raised and her sides sprung out, and it is very doubtful whether she will ever be released, as the weather since Captain Morgan left has been unpropitious for wrecking.

The light tender at Port Maitland, to whose neglect of duty the sad disaster is clearly attributable, is a man with but one leg, the other having been lost at Ridgeway, at the time of the Fenian raid. John Mack, one of the seaman of the Ford, expressed the general opinion when he told the light tender it ought to have been his head instead of his leg which was shot away.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Tues., Dec. 1, 1874