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The Light House at Port Ontario
Oswego Commercial Advertiser & Times (Oswego, NY), 9 Sep 1859

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The Light House at Port Ontario - Vessels Wrecked. - On Thursday night of last week, during the storm, the schooners Sodus and Pigeon, the former bound from Port Ontario for Genesee, with bark and wood, and the latter from Oswego, designing to lade at Nine Mile Point with apples for Chaumont, went ashore, the Sodus about three miles north of Big Sandy Creek, and the Pigeon about three miles south of the same creek.

Both are perfect wrecks, vessels and cargoes being a total loss. The crews were all saved. The steamer Express also left Port Ontario on Thursday evening for Oswego, and after getting out about 8 miles, concluded it was best to return. In default of the light at the harbor, she was unable to make port, and after beating about the lake, reached Oswego at 2 o'clock the next morning.

The captains and crews of the lost vessels ascribe their disaster solely to the absence of the light at Port Ontario, and is, therefore, chargeable to Mr. Cobb. We trust that some sort of light will at length break in upon the benighted policy which refuses a necessary light, at a trifling expense of $800 a year, and keeps in service useless revenue cutter at an expense of at least $300 a month. It is rumored that several other wrecks have occurred on the shore. - (From the Pulaski Democrat).

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9 Sep 1859
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.71979 Longitude: -76.20548
Richard Palmer
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The Light House at Port Ontario