The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Thurs., June 5, 1873

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Got Through Steamboating. - Two of our citizens who are interested in marine matters, went up to Sodus yesterday on the tug J.S. Spinney to help get their vessels loaded, and met with a series of adventures that disgusted them with steam crafts. When about a mile and a half from land about midway between Sodus and this point, the door to the water tight locker around the shaft box opened and let in a deluge of water that threatened to sink the boat.

They were not frightened, at least they say not, but expressed a desire to be on land. They never did think much of tugs, and if they were on land they would willingly stay there. Their only anxiety to get on land was that coal freights might have gone up ten cents since they left.

After fastening the door and pumping out the tug all went well until they got within about two miles of Oswego, when a dense fog enveloped everything, shutting out all sight of land. A heavy, wet, saggy fog on the lake is not a nice thing, and so they thought when the tug suddenly stopped, having run upon the shore above above Sheldon's Point.

When the boat struck both gentlemen said something about the dense fog - but no, dense was not the word, and then they spoke of blasting stars or something of that kind. The boat, after some work, was released and returned to this port, landing her passengers safely.

Although the road from Oswego to Sodus is rough and hilly, vessel owners say it is good enough for them and they will take to it too, even if they have to walk.

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Richard Palmer
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Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Thurs., June 5, 1873