The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Wed., Feb. 11, 1857

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The Boat Crews Who Went In Pursuit Of The Vessels - Fate Of The Vessels. - The following are the names of the Captains and men, who left this port on Sunday morning in pursuit of the fugitive vessels, which were carried out by the current: Capts. Fitzgeralds and Kimball, Samuel Fitzgeralds, Amasa Stowell, James Ferguson, Wm. Wilson, James Bailey, C. Lutes, B. Lock, F. Miles, W. Waters, - Mitchell, Wm. Wheeler, T. Mallery.

They were divided with rigging, provisions, &c. They pulled away some eight miles, when they came up to the canal boat; but finding no one on board, left her and continued in pursuit of the vessels. They at length came up to the Wide Awake, Belle Adkins, and Thos. Kingsford, which were lying nearly abreast, the wind blowing heavy from the northwest and snow flying thick, so that it was impossible to tell where they were.

They boarded the vessels, divided the men upon them, and attempted to spread the sails so as to hold all three vessels, but they soon parted, and part of the sail went into the Lake, and there was not strength enough on either vessel to haul it aboard. They then drifted away until the anchor was cast from the Kingsford, and she brought up near the shore, where she remained till the tugs reached her.

Five of the vessels were taken in tow, two of them, the Wide Awake and Belle Adkins leaking badly, and they had settled so deep before reaching the harbor, that they grounded at its mouth, and the tugs were forced to let them go and moor the others. They arrived here about 12 o'clock Monday night. The Belle Adkins lies on the bottom in the jaws of the piers made fast, and the Wide Awake was swept out again by the heavy gale yesterday, and carried on the breakers under the fort, and will be a total loss.

The brave sailors had a cold and perilous time of it, but they are all home safe. The Virginia was left behind, and this last gale has probably destroyed her. So that three vessels have been lost by the mishap.

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Richard Palmer
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Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Wed., Feb. 11, 1857