The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Sat., Sept. 11, 1880

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Wreck of the Schooner Isabel.
Exposure and peril of her Crew - the Rescuers.

We learn today that the crew of the Canadian schooner Isabel, wrecked at Charlotte yesterday, ha quite a serious time on the lake during Thursday night and yesterday morning. the Isabel was commanded by Capt. Ewart of Frenchman's Bay, and he, with three men, composed the crew. The wind was quite fresh from the north, and a heavy sea was running and the vessel pitched, and rolled terribly. After a while her spars were rolled out, leaving the crew in a very critical condition.

Within sight of land, the shouted for assistance a long time before any came. The anchors were dropped to save the vessel, but after a while all hope of saving her was abandoned and the men concluded to save themselves. So they let go the chains, but they caught in the wreck and there held the craft. The jibboom, bowsprit, etc., followed the masts, and all clung to the vessel as she surged and tugged away frightfully at the anchors.

Finally a man who happened to stroll down on the pier observed the men walking up and down the vessel's deck and calling at the top of their voices. The discoverer, however, happened to be a landsman and did not realize the situation, but went to some vessels, which were in the harbor, and told the sailors that there were a log of men hallooing and walking up and down the decks of two large barges outside the piers.

The sailors immediately saw that the craft was a vessel in distress and prepared to rescue the crew. Capt. James Hadden of the Two Brothers, gave his yawl boat to Capts. Corsan of the Nellie Sherwood, Tyo of the Forest Queen and Sanderson of the Eureka, who, with the mate of the Forest Queen, got into the yawl and put out for the vessel. It was a dangerous trop, but the brave tars succeeded in reaching the Isabel, getting off the crew and landing them safely.

The vessel got clear of the wreck, drifted ashore and sank. She was an old craft. The life crew was going out of the harbor as the rescuers were entering. There are only two men paid at Charlotte, a captain and a keeper, and it is said the station does not occupy a very commanding site. The life crew attended to the Isabel's crew, doing everything they could for them. The wrecked crew felt very grateful to the men who saved them.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Sat., Sept. 11, 1880