A PARTY OF PLEASURE-SEEKERS WRECKED. - A party of about forty ladies and gentlemen went down to Falconwood, on Wednesday evening, on the tug GEORGE JENNISON, Capt. Swan, and after enjoying a good time started on their return trip. Between 11 and 12 o'clock on their upward trip the tug was accidentally run upon the reef near the new Light House, where she remained for nearly two hours. A heavy sea was rolling at the time and the boat rocked in the most fearful manner, till the seams were so sprung that the boat commenced to leak badly. The male members were at once set to work to bale her out, and every man worked well. The ladies were terribly frightened, but there was no escape, and after having received manifold assurances, grew comparatively calm. But the worst was not yet. The boat, by her motion, rocked herself into deep water. By this time it was found that the propeller wheel was badly broken, two of the blades having been wrenched off. The tug then floated down the river, and soon the rudder was found to be useless. These accidents left the little boat at the mercy of the treacherous waters, and the excitement on board may be better imagined than described.
The tug was borne rapidly down, till reaching the head of Strawberry Island she sank in shoal water. Fortunately in going down she turned partially over on one side, and left the opposite side comparatively comfortable for the very delicately situated crowd of pleasure seekers. At this place the boat with its crowd remained till about 7 o'clock in the morning, when some persons crossing the river, discovered the wreck and at once proceeded to the relief of the discomfited party. In a short time the ladies and gentlemen were all rescued
from their uncomfortable situation, and furnished an opportunity to felicitate themselves upon their somewhat romantic, but wholly unpremeditated adventure. Several of the gentlemen, among others the Mr. Wm. Chochrane, proved themselves worthy of credit in the cool and confident manner, with which they met the exigencies of the occasion.
Buffalo Daily Courier
Friday, September 5, 1862
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