The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Wed., Sept. 1, 1874

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A Welcome Fleet.

The arrival of the grain fleet of vessels from Chicago and Milwaukee, yesterday afternoon and last night brought gladness to many hearts in this city. Some of the vessels were absent from this port two months and their appearance this morning was that of strangers more than that of home birds.

The captains have strange stories to recount of their desperate fights with highwaymen and strippers, (both are put in the same class), the worse than idle times and the fierce onslaught of mosquitoes on all lower lake men, the only ones who had blood worth taking. Some of the mariners had so far lost their reckoning - Oswego had taken such strides since they left, that they did not know the way to their homes, and a few when they did reach home found children who did not know their papa, he had grown so old.

Years ago vessels were compelled to go into ordinary at both lower and upper lake ports, and although "second sight" persons predicted that vessels had seen their day, vast fortunes have been made since by those who invested in floating property. Of course business does not wear the rosy hue it should, neither are the western clouds tinged with silver, but the time is coming when vessels will again pay and captains, instead of bringing six weeks later news from Chicago, will bring tidings in eight days; wealth to his employer and happiness to his family.

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Richard Palmer
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Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Wed., Sept. 1, 1874