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Martin Herrick's Fate
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), 31 Jul 1862

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Martin Herrick's Fate
The Bottom Falling out of a Stone Scow Leaves Four Men Struggling in the Lake

About nine o'clock this morning the small stone scow "Tip-Top" started from Bundyville on the Oswego river, with stones for the new harbor improvement, having on board John Richardson and Joseph Aker of Fulton and Artemus Burchim and Martin Herrick of Bundyville. Arriving here, she was taken in tow by the tug Steve H. Lyons and when just outside the lighthouse the waves commenced rolling over her, dangerously.

Aker and Richardson held planks up at the bow to keep the water from boarding the scow, but they proved little better than useless. Aker jumped from the bow of the stone scow to the hawser with the intention of working his way to the tug, a distance of 50 feet. He was immediately followed by Richardson and Herrick. Burchim stood about in the center of the scow on some stones, when the bottom fell out, letting all four men into the water. Aker held on to the hawser and was pulled under by it. He said he thought he was only under a passing wave but after a short time it occurred to him that perhaps the scow might have gone down.

He let go, rose to the surface and by the aid of a line was taken aboard the tug. Richardson let go the hawser immediately when it was being pulled under and got hold of a plank from which he was taken by the tug. Burchim fell through the sides of the scow and when he came up, got on to the deck of the cabin. He was also picked up by the tug. Martin Herrick was not seen after the scow sank. He was 20 years old, married nearly a year and has child about a week old. He was a son-in-law of Artemus Burchim, the last man saved. Search is now being made for his body.

Capt. Scott of the tug Lyons said he noticed the boat was rolling as they were going out of the river, and he asked Herrick if they should turn back. Herrick replied that she was all right and to go ahead. Capt. Scott says when she went down her bottom dropped right out and her sides fell apart. He backed the tug and got the three men. Herrick he says was at the pump and never once came to the surface.

Henry Munroe, out sailing, has found a pocket book afloat, probably belonging to the drowned man. It is at this office.

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31 Jul 1862
Richard Palmer
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.4683081355007 Longitude: -76.5173664550781
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Martin Herrick's Fate