The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Thurs., Feb. 19, 1857

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A Crash In Prospect. - The immense fields of ice above the first and second dams, started down stream yesterday and moved about ten rods, when it brought up above the first dam, completely blocking up the river. The lock house was taken off and a large portion of the towpath on the east side is destroyed by the ice.

The canal bridge above the dam was also carried away, and the river is filled with old canal boats, trees, timber and logs piled up in the ice. The boat yards in that vicinity have been swept away, and the ice is tacked up clear into the road. When this mass gives away, a general rush may reasonably be expected, and should come down stream in a body, serious damage would be the consequences. One of the temporary supports of the upper bridge, erected last fall, has been carried away, and several of the main abutments are in a precarious condition, and must inevitably give out when the ice above comes down stream.

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Richard Palmer
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Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Thurs., Feb. 19, 1857