The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Thurs., March 31, 1881

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A Vessel Starting for Toronto in a Gale of Snow and Wind - Bound for a Harbor Still Ice Locked.

The little schooner Marcia A. Hall, Capt. M. Fitzgerald, which has been lying here coal laden all winter, having been detained by the sudden close of navigation last fall, made sail yesterday, and about 2:30 P.M. started for Toronto. she was towed out by the tug Wheeler and started off handsomely on her course before a northeast breeze. It had already been snowing a little, and soon after the hall sailed, the storm thickened, becoming one of the worst incident to the season, and it continued to blow and snow all night, making very dirty weather.

The Hall carried but three men, and it was the general opinion that with no lights along the lake, the vessel would have a bad night, and would be in some danger of finding the beach. Toronto Harbor is not open, the papers say, and Capt. Fitzgerald's feat was looked upon as rather fool-hardy. he is the man who became crazy last year on a voyage from Toronto or Hamilton to the Genesee, we believe, and who, getting a boy in a boat with himself, cut adrift, and had a terrible experience, in which the boy nearly died of fright. the Hall is the first clearance. She has not been heard from today.

--At 4 P.M. today Toronto says the Hall has not arrived there, nor is she in sight. Sodus and Fair Haven say she has not been seen there.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Thurs., March 31, 1881