Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Monday, April 28,1879
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Narrow Escape of the Barges from Destruction.
Saturday afternoon considerable excitement resulted from an attempt to drop the Ogdensburg coal barges below the bridge. The tugs C.P. Morey and W. H. Wheeler took the barges Hattie. L. Johnson in tow and was part way down the river, with the draw partly swung. While things were in this condition the barge Black Diamond was seen swinging out into the channel, bow foremost, her timber heads and part of her rail having given away. Her stern line was let go, and she was soon rapidly dropping down "on her own hook" The draw had not yet been entirely open and the tugs were letting the Johnson drop down rapidly, trying to get through and avoid a collision with the Black Diamond which was just coming down on them. The Johnson's derrick came in contact with the draw and was broken off near the deck. The Morey which had taken in her lines from the wheeler, tried to get a line to the black Diamond, but the latter crushed the Morey against the sea wall, struck the bridge abutment, swung clear and went her way down the river. She was caught near the island by the Morey, who followed her down and towed her near the Columbia elevator, where both barges now lie. The Johnson is leaking some. The occurrence was witnessed by a large crowd and the confusion yelling and running by men on the barges and docks were laughable. A number of sailors who remained on the draw while it was in motion looked as though they would rather climb up the wall then have been on that draw at the time it was struck by the Johnson's derrick. The barges had a fortunate and narrow escape. The captain of the Black Diamond informs us that suit will be brought against the city for recovery of the damages to the derrick and rigging of the Johnson on the grounds that the bridge was not swung quick enough.
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- Monday, April 28,1879
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- Richard Palmer
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Maritime History of the Great Lakes