The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Sat., Oct. 18, 1879

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The Gardner and Barges Off.
How They Went on the Shoal - Cleverly Released by the Morey and Manhattan.

The tug Gardner and barges which were ashore on Galloo shoal arrived in this port about 9 o'clock last night. The Gardner and her barges ran on during a very thick fog about 12 o'clock Thursday night. She had two barges, the Argosy, laden with lumber and Kent with poles.

The Gardner ran on first and the barges at either side of her, all bow on with plenty of water at the stern. The Gardner was two feet out of water, the Kent three feet and the Argosy one and a half feet. After taking in the situation, Captain Joe Richards of the Gardner had a boat launched, and with two men rowed to Cape Vincent, 18 miles distant, for assistance.

They arrived at the Capt early yesterday, and the Morey and Wheeler being telegraphed for left here about noon. The Morey arrived at the scene about 3;45 P.M. In the meantime the revenue cutter Manhattan had made unsuccessful efforts to pull the crafts off. Upon arrival of the Morey, Captain Pappa called on the Manhattan and the two attached lines to the Argosy.

Lines were also attached from the Argosy to the Gardner and from the Gardner to the Kent. After pulling a little on the Argosy she came off, the Gardner followed suit and was followed by the Kent, all being pulled off at the same time without changes of a line and within twenty minutes.

There was little or no sea on and but little damage resulted. The Wheeler and Capt. Richards, with his crew, on his return, arrived at the scene about the same time, and after the job was done.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Sat., Oct. 18, 1879