The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Thursday, November 21, 1879

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Full list of the Lost and Saved -- The Property Loss Valued at About $ 40,000 -- No Insurance -- A Review of the Dreadful Calamity.

There seems this morning to be very little to add to the very full and graphic story of the loss of the tug Seymour's tow, which was printed in this paper yesterday, and nothing remains except to classify and arrange that information and add such new facts as may appear during the day.


Following is a compete list of the persons aboard the fleet when it left Cape Vincent at 1 P. M. Monday with place of residence as far as known:

James B. Young, Thomas Thompson, Fred Straus, Henry Hickler, Buffalo; Edward Beauson, first reported as of Buffalo, now said to have been of Montreal; Patrick Eagan, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Patrick Finnell, Mr. Paul, Jerome Morrison, Mrs. Morrison, daughter of Jerome Morrison, Charles England, Mrs. Charles England Charles Caryough, Lachine, P. Q.; George Palmer, Mrs. George Palmer, Vergennes, Vt.; Judson Morrison, Welland canal; John Wood, Charles Wood, son of John Wood, Noah Garrow, Henry Marchau, William Scott, Ogdensburg; Capt. Samuel Logan, William Logan, Morrisburg, Ont.; Thomas Smith, Chas. Hanthan, Neal Hanthan, J. L'Esperance, Wm. O'Brien, G. T. Strah; Edward Meisoner, Montreal; Richard Arnold, Rochester. Total, 32.


Following is a list of those known to be saved:

By the tug Hickler -- Capt. Thomas Thompson, Fred. Straus, Judson Morrison, Charles England, Mrs. Charles England, Charles Caryough, J. B. Young, Henry Hickler, Jerome Morrison, Mrs. Jerome Morrison, daughter of Jerome Morrison, Patrick Finnell, William Scott, Mr. Paul, Edward Meisoner, John Wood, -- total, 18.

By the tug Seymour -- Thomas Smith, Charles Hanthan, Neal Hanthan, J. L'Esperance, William O'Brien, G. T. Strah -- 6. Grand total of saved, 22.


Richard Arnold, Rochester; Patrick Eagan, Grand Rapids; George Palmer and Mrs. George Palmer, Vergannes; Edward Beauseau, Montreal; Charles Woods, Noah Garrow, H. Marchau, Ogdensburg; Samuel Logan, William Logan, Morrisburg -- total, 10.


The above were lost as follows: Arnold, Eagan, Mr. and Mrs. Palmer, Samuel and Wm. Logan from the dredge Gordon; Charles Wood, Garrow Marcheau and Beauseau from the scows which broke adrift, and which were yesterday seen by the Gardner and Morey on the beach between Oswego and Big Sodus. All the last named four have been positively reported aboard the scows, except Beauseau. His name is in the list furnished as having been aboard the fleet when it left the Cape and he is nowhere reported as having left it. But counting the persons known to have been rescued and lost, with his name included, makes the total number on the fleet 32 instead of 31 as reported. It is possible that the person who furnished the list from Sackets Harbor made an error, and that Beauseau was not with the fleet. If there was no error and he was with the fleet, the number was 32, and Beauseau is among the lost. Mr. Hickler, of Buffalo, who is still here, insists that the persons who were on the scows could not have been drowned, but must have come ashore with them. All the scows are on the beach above here. Every telegraph station along the beach has been asked, and no information can be got of any more persons saved. We are of the opinion that all the ten people not yet accounted for were drowned.


Two tugs, one dredge, two derricks and ten scows (the latter on the beach) were lost. Capt. Fleming of the tug Seymour says that the dredge Gordon did not wholly sink, but one end was out of the water when he left her Monday morning. The value of the fleet as it left the Cape was from $ 75,000 to $ 100,000. The value of the property lost is estimated as follows: Tug Thayer, $ 2,000; tug Becker, $ 2,000; dredge Gordon, $ 15,000; two derricks, $ 6,000; ten scows, aggregate value, $ 9,600; total, $ 34,600. There is no insurance.


It was reported this morning that six more persons had come ashore at Fair Haven, but this is incorrect. The tug Gardner started yesterday to bring the Hickler down from Big Sodus, but met the Morey, bound up, with Mr. Arnold and Mr. Hickler. They concluded to leave the Hickler at Fair Haven and she ran in there with part of her passengers. The following despatch explains more fully:

Special despatch to the Palladium:

FAIR HAVEN, NOV. 20 -- Thompson, Fred Stroh of Buffalo, Andrew Misan of Montreal, Pat Finnel, Charles Carrigan and Paul Arkwright of Lachine are at the Myers House here. Jud Morrison, James Young and Henry Hickler of Buffalo, Wm. Scott and John Wood of Ogdensburg are at Oswego. Jerry Morrison, wife and child and Charles England and wife are at Sodus Point.

Paul Arkwright mentioned above is probably the same person heretofore mentioned as Mr. Paul.


Mr. Arnold was aged about 25, and was well known in Rochester. His father is secretary of the Bart Holamay brewing company, Rochester. Of the others nothing in particular is known, except that Mrs. Palmer was the daughter of Louis Reuyer of Rome, N. Y., and was aged about 20. Mrs. Morrison, who was saved, washer sister.


Opinion is divided as to the responsibility for this terrible disaster. It is our conclusion from all the statements we have seen that the manager of the fleet made an error in attempting to take a fleet of that character through the length of lake Ontario at this season of the year, and that the Seymour failed to render such assistance as she should when the disaster was upon them. The little tug Hickler saved two dredges and sixteen people. The Seymour appears to have let go of everything, including the dredge Gordon, when the latter was in a sinking condition, and though the other tugs sounded their whistles all night she made no effort to relieve them. At daylight she took on the three survivors who mercifully had been preserved from the fate of their six companions, through the night. She also took aboard the crew of the Becker, which ran alongside, and who jumped on to her deck. This appears to be all she did to rescue the perishing.


It was reported this morning that a body, probably that of Mr. Arnold, had come ashore four miles below here. Mr. Hickler, J. B. Young and others, who went eight or nine miles down and Capt. Blackburn and crew who also went down and made a thorough search of the beach, have returned and report no bodies found. As we go to press three dead bodies are reported to have been found in the scows ashore above here.

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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Thursday, November 21, 1879