The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Nov. 23, 1880

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Mr. Dobbins's Investigation
He clears the Sandy Creek Life Crew from blame in relation to the Cortez.

Buffalo Express. A seaman on the wrecked schooner Cortez, which ran ashore thirty miles below Oswego, having published a letter reflecting on the conduct of the crew of life-saving station No. 1 at Big Sandy Creek Capt. D. P. Dobbins superintendent of life-saving stations in the 9th district, who is considered one of the most efficient officers in the service, and who is known to be a strict disciplinarian, replies to the charge. He states that after investigating the case he finds no blame can be attached to the crew of the life saving station, and hat their failure to rach the wreck in time to save the crew was owing entirely to the extreme roughness of the ground over which they had to travel, and the difficulty they encountered in dragging their rescuing apparatus along the flooded beach, through the surf and alongside the sand hills finding many "wash-out-cuts" from the lake through the beach in from four to six feet of swift running water. Blinded by the drifting sand, soaked with water, weary and exhausted after two hours of almost super-human effort, they made 51/2 mile progress and reached the wreck too late to render any assistance.

The Zealand's mate found

Picton Ont. Nov. 18.- A fisherman reported to J. Redmond, inspector of fisheries for the county of Prince Edward, that a body had come ashore at Point Peter, having a life preserver attached with the name Zealand marked on it. Another fisherman reports having found an empty chest with the lid torn off, also with the name of the steamer Zealand on it. Mr. Thomas Zealand arried here do-day and proceeded at once to Point Peter. He identified the body that came ashore as that of Demas Lajice of the ill-fated steamer Zealand.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Nov. 23, 1880