The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Dec. 1, 1880

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A Brave man is not without honor.

Capt. C. W. Ferris of the tug F. D. Wheeler knows to-day that this community is not irresponsive to pluck and bravery. He was called from his tug at the dock this morning had two gentlemen representing the vessel owners, masters, sailors and other citizens of Oswego, together with some Canadian masters, handed him a magnificent gold watch worth $200. When they did so the inscription shows. The watch bears the monogram "C. W. F."and on the reverse of the case is a coiled cable engraved. The inscription is this "Presented by the seamen and citizens of Oswego to Capt. Chas. W. Ferris for his gallantry in attempting, under great peril, to rescue the schrs. Wood Duck and Sea Bird Nov. 7, and 12, 1880. A brave man is not without honor, even in his own city." Capt. Ferris would not have been more nonplused if the Wheeler had blown up under him. Hundreds of citizens who stood on the shore of Lake Ontario and saw Capt. Ferris plunge into the angry cauldron of water, to save these vessels and the lives they carried, will experience a thrill of pleasure to know that deed so brave have been so promptly and unostentatiously honored.

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Dec. 1, 1880
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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Dec. 1, 1880