The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Sat., April 1, 1881

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Beating About With the Wind Dead Ahead - No Incidents.

Special despatch to The Palladium:

Toronto, Ont., April 2. - About five o'clock yesterday afternoon the schooner M.A. Hall made her way around the island and tied up at the Grand Trunk wharf - the first arrival of the season. Capt. Fitzgerald was the first to leave Oswego, the first to try the lake and the first to bring a cargo into port, and last year he was the first to arrive from Lake Erie.

He brings 140 tons of coal for Messrs. Nairn, but the ice keeps him from their dock. He reports leaving Oswego Wednesday afternoon, and meeting with a blinding snow storm the same night. The wind changed and blew dead against him, causing him to beat up from shore to shore, but giving him a chance to see the lake was clear of ice.

He made a little ice on his way, but nothing to signify, and wishes all his trips may be as successful. The Baltic was ready to load today, but her center board was frozen and required thawing out. The captain says he is entitled to the harbormaster's hat, as he was the first loaded vessel reported.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Sat., April 1, 1881