The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Along the Wharfs
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), 23 May 1883

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Along the Wharfs

"Owing to the inclemency of the weather," there have been no arrivals in this port the past thirty-six hours, and business in consequence is at a standstill. The gale from the northeast which had been blowing since Sunday night gradually blew out during last night, and this morning about 9 o’clock shifted to the northwest. This brought a thick fog down the lake and the gong at the beacon has been kept at work all day. There are no mishaps reported to Oswego craft so far. The Annie Minnies while towing out of the harbor last night parted her tow line and went on to the new pier near the beacon light. The tug Morey steamed inside the new harbor and part of her crew got on the pier and passed a line to the schooner and the tug pulled her into the harbor stern first. She was in a perilous position for a few moments, but the only damage was the loss of a wale. After securing a new tow line the schooner got outside. The captain says that the tug towed him out before he was ready, as he did not have his foresail set. After the Minnis went out several other schooners followed, all close reefed and scudded up the lake. The waves completely submerged the new pier at times. The storm was general, and very severe all over the lakes resulting unfortunately in loss of life as well as property.

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23 May 1883
Richard Palmer
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.45535 Longitude: -76.5105
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