The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Buffalo Evening News (Buffalo, NY), Tuesday, October 20, 1903

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Lockport, Oct. 20. -- A serious wreck has occurred on Lake Ontario at Hopkins Creek, west of Olcott, which resulted in the loss of one large barge. The big propeller Porter, of Picton, Ontario, with the schooners ISABELLA READE and C. W. PECK in tow, got into trouble from the high waves about midnight Saturday night. Either the tow line broke or the PORTER in her distress had to cut to save herself. The waves rolled 20 feet high. Each vessel had a crew of five persons. On the READE was the captain, three men and his wife.

The READE dropped anchor off shore about a mile and rode out the gale. The PECK's anchor cable parted about 3 o'clock and the waves began pounding the craft, which is 160 feet long, shoreward. She struck about 4 o'clock on the beach near the mouth of Hopkin's Creek in four feet of water. The PECK keeled over, throwing her crew of three men and two lads into the water. In the darkness they had a perilous time. They were unable to see where they were and did not know that land was a few yards away. They were under the impression that they had struck a bar out in the lake. The five men were able to get back into the schooner in safety, despite the heavy seas and clung to the ship until daylight. Then they lowered a boat and rowed to shore. They took refuge in the cottage of Chauncey Underwood of Lockport, situated in the woods near Hopkin's Creek, where they arrived Sunday morning more dead than alive. They are still at Olcott. The PORTER is safe.

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Richard Palmer
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Buffalo Evening News (Buffalo, NY), Tuesday, October 20, 1903