The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Watertown Daily Times (Watertown, NY), Aug. 26, 1889

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A Sensational Story

"A sensational incident of the wreck of the schooner Vickery", says the Evening Wisconsin, of Milwaukee has been made public and caused considerable gossip.

It was night when the Vickery reached the river, and the Captain, not-with-standing the fact that he had been down the river scores of times, fearing he might be deceived by the light went to Clayton and got a pilot named Webber, who was not on the schooner ten minutes before she was ashore. When the Captain heard the boat strike, he rushed to the cabin, and secured a revolver and returned to deck. It is said that he had the weapon pointed at Webber to fire, when his brother, the mate ran up and knocked the revolver out of his hand into the river, thus saving the life of Webber, who tried to escape, but was detained to see if he had a pilot license, he had one however. The Captain is reported to have said he would have shot the pilot dead claiming that he should not have taken the position he is not qualified to fill. Massey is very down hearted. He had been on the vessel seven years and called her his home.

Captain Massey is still in Clayton and can often be seen in the company of Webber.

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Richard Palmer
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Watertown Daily Times (Watertown, NY), Aug. 26, 1889