The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Commercial Advertiser (Oswego, NY), Aug. 16, 1872

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Alderman Wheeler and the Jamaica

A few days since, in connection with the publication of Alderman Wheeler's card to the underwriters, we took occasion to mention the fact that he had received highly complimentary notices from the representatives of the various insurence companies interested, in relation tot he part he had taken in saving the Jamaica and its cargo.

Since that time Capt. Wheeler has received a letter from E. P. Doer, Esq. General Agent of the Aetna, so deservedly complimentary in its terms, that we have solicited a copy of the publication.

Letter to Capt. Wheeler

Buffalo Aug. 15,1872

M.M. Wheeler, Esq.

Dear Sir:- I have written you an official letter, in answer to yours. But I can not allow the closing of our accounts in the settlement of the loss of the Jamaica to pass without something more than a more formal acknowledgment to you. The sinking of the Jamaica loaded with wheat and capsizing, is the most remarkable case ever known on the Lakes, and also the raising of her, more like romance than anything else.

The raising of her by the Coast Wrecking Company, Capt. Geo. B. Chadwick in command, was also a prompt and successful performance.

The prompt action you took, coming her, as you did, on the 24th of June, and making the arrangements to raise your vessel, giving it your personal supervision, going with the expedition and staying with it all through, raising the vessel in 72 hours, docking her, and fitting her for sea, all under your own immediate directions, without calling upon an Underwriter for aid or assistance.

It is so refreshing, and so rare, to find such a man as you, thus to look after your property, that the writer wishes to thank you for himself, and the whole Marine Insurance fraternity. Your manly, honest action will never be forgotten by me. If any one deserves a newspaper notice it is yourself, for your energy and effort raised, and saved the vessel and cargo.

Again thanking you, I remain Respectfully your friend P. J. Doer.

We will mention here through Captain Wheelers modesty has forbidden us to do so, that the company has solicited a photograph of the captain, which it is proposed to have enlarged and suitably framed for an ornament of the general office.

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Richard Palmer
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Commercial Advertiser (Oswego, NY), Aug. 16, 1872