At a meeting of the Passengers on board the Steamboat Oneida, October 19th, 1844, Mr. J.H. Lockwood of Rochester, was called to the chair, and Mr. George Mollison of Montreal, was appointed Secretary.
After some prefatory remarks by Hon. O.H. Gillet of Ogdensburgh, in which he adverted to the appalling scenes of the extraordinary gale on Lake Ontario last night and this morning, he offered the following resolution, which, on motion, were unanimously adopted:
Resolved, That we tender Capt. R.F. Childs our grateful acknowledgments for the able, cool and sailor-like manner in which he managed the steamboat Oneida during the gale which came upon us on our passage from Sackets Harbor to Oswego, under the exciting and appalling circumstances in which we were placed. Few would have been able to save the boat and passengers. He ha more than sustained the high reputation he has long enjoyed as being second to no one as a Steamboat Captain on this Lake.
Resolved, That the promptness and alacrity with which the Engineer, under officers and crew, and all concerned with the boat performed every duty and every service, calculated to preserve the boat, to quiet the fears and promote the comfort of the passengers, entitle them to high commendation and our lasting gratitude.
Resolved, That our thanks are due to Capt. Pierson of the schooner Gen. Brock, M.L. Barney of Buffalo, and other seamen who were fellow passengers with us, for their prompt and untiring assistance during the time of danger and peril through which we have passed.
Resolved, That the proceedings of this meeting be signed by the officers and published.
I.H. LOCKWOOD, Ch'n.
George Mollison, Sec'y.