The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Tuesday, Oct. 7, 1873

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A Marine Story.

We are credibly informed by a gentleman whose veracity has never been brought in question, that an accident happened to the schooner Rockaway on her last passage up through the Welland Canal, such as never happened to any other schooner.

In passing up the level between Allanburg and Port Colborne, the Rockaway struck a sunken spile, which had been pulled out of the canal bank, with such force as to drive it through her starboard bow and thence up through the deck.

The timber entered the hull of the schooner below water mark, and as she was making water freely, her cargo of ore was shifted aft, thus bringing the hole above water. Not wishing to be delayed, the captain of the vessel sawed the timber off close to the hull, both on the bow and on deck, and putting canvas patches, covered with tar, over the breaks, proceeded on his voyage. The vessel went to Erie, discharged, and loaded with coal for this port and is now on her way down with the spile still in her. The owners of the vessel will look to the canal authorities to pay the damages.

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Richard Palmer
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Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Tuesday, Oct. 7, 1873