The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Mon., Oct. 2, 1876

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A Narrow Escape

Captain Robert Colwill, of the schooner Caroline Marsh, had a narrow escape from drowning Saturday afternoon between three and four o'clock when about two or three miles from Port Hope. The schooner was trotting along at a lively pace, wind foree and sails winged out, "carrying a bone in her teeth" that extended up to her bowsprit, when the captain, who had been standing on top of the cabin, stepped backward and instead of planting his foot on th rail as he supposed, found himself in the cold waters of the lake.

Before the vessel could be put about and the yawl lowered the captain was a long way in the rear, but striking out nobly for the vessel. Handicapped as Captain Colwill was with his heavy clothing it was quite an effort to swim, but he pluckily kept his head above the water and when he was picked up by the yawl, fifteen minutes afte falling overboard, he was as cheerful as man could be under the circumstances. On reaching the vessel he was so chilled and exhausted that he had to go to bed, and yesterday on the arrival of his vessel he was still suffering from the effects of the cold bath.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Mon., Oct. 2, 1876