The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Tuesday, June 25, 1872

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The Loss of the Schooner Jamaica. The circumstances attending the loss of this vessel were so unusual that we give the following from Capt. David Bothwell's statement: Thursday, the 20th inst., the vessel was coming down lake Huron with a light wind ahead, and when about 50 miles below Point Au Barques she was struck by a white squall, and in less than a minute and a half capsized. At the time of the accident, the mate Carlisle, was in the cabin eating his dinner, and the cook Mrs. Weatherhead, was in the kitchen attending to her duties. One of the seamen was in the forecastle. The vessel went over so suddenly and the water rushed in the companion way with such force, that the mate was compelled to clamber through a window in the captains room on the windward side. The cook was last seen in the kitchen in the water nearly up to her arm pits.

The seamen in the forecastle tried to get to the scuttle, but found it impossible for some little time the water was rushing in so fast and filling the forecastle that he floated to the deck beams, which he grasped, getting air through the stovepipe hole till the rush of water was over, when he groped his way to the companion way and got out. Floating planks and the house of the steering apparatus floated the crew till the schooner settled to the bottom right side up, when they took to her rigging, where they remained till a boat from the shore took them off.

At the time of the accident the crew were getting the vessel ready to go about, but the helm had not been put hard down. Some twelve years since a similar accident befell the bark John Rae, grain loaded, bound for Kingston, when she was struck by a squall off the Ducks, capsized and sunk immediately, carrying down al hands with her.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Tuesday, June 25, 1872