The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Friday, June 21, 1872

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THE SCHOONER W.I. PRESTON. - Last evening about seven o'clock the wrecking tug Rescue, Captain Cotton, towed the schooner W.I. Preston into this port from the Niagara River, where she has been sunk since last November. The Preston went ashore last October near Niagara, and after being got off was towed into the Niagara River where she sunk.

This spring the New York Coast Wrecking Company took the contract for raising her, and despatched the tug Rescue to the scene where work commenced June 1st and prosecuted until the 13th inst., when she was raised. After she was raised she had a fashion of flopping over on her side, which was very annoying to Captain Cotton, but finally chains were passed around her and fastened to the tug, which held her upright. A jacket was got under her stern which decreased the volume of water flowing in. the Rescue with her tow left Niagara on Wednesday afternoon about half past four.

The hull of the Preston is in good shape, not being "hogged" in the least, and the only particular damage to her bottom is aft of the mainmast. About two thirds of the stanchions and rail on the port side will have to be replaced, as also foremast and mainmast. The underwriters have ordered her hauled out at Goble & Macfarlane's dock to receive the necessary repairs.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Friday, June 21, 1872