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The Wrecked Conqueror
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), 10 May 1883

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The Wrecked Conqueror
Further particulars as to How the Accident Occurred-- An Attempt to be Made to Raise Her

The schooner Pride of America, which was in tow of the wrecking tug Conqueror when she sank in the narrow, arrived here this forenoon. The captain says nothing has been done towards raising the boat as yet, and that when he last saw her yesterday afternoon she was lying on her side and in very bad shape. He says the night was very dark.

The Kingston Whig says when the tug struck the crafts were abreast of Wellesley Island house a portion of the river noted for its rocky obstructions and shoals. The boat struck a glancing blow and a hole was forced in her iron sheeting on the starboard side forward. An attempt was made to plug the hole, but unsuccessfully. The water gradually gained in the hold, and it was eventually deemed advisable to make for a shallow place. Owing to the rocky condition of the river at this point the object of the captain was not accomplished. An hour after the accident the steamer went down in twenty feet of water, aft. She lies on her side. As soon as the American government grant the privilege Captain Donnelly will commence operations on the steamer, which he says can be easily raised by lifting her stern and pumping her out. The Conqueror is owned by Mr. Ross of Quebec, and is chartered by the wrecking company.

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10 May 1883
Richard Palmer
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 44.28032 Longitude: -76.0181549523926
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