The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
The Ill-Fated Folger
Oswego Morning Post (Oswego, NY), 5 Dec 1882

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The Ill-Fated Folger
Broken to Pieces and Her Crew Drowned In Sight of a Gang of Fishermen.

The schooner Henry Folger, which was wrecked at Salmon Pint Thursday night has broken up. It appears that the unlucky schooner was seen about half a mile from shore with her stern stove in and mizzen broken off. Two men were seen lashed to the rigging.

A gang of fishermen made a determined attempt to reach the wreck with a fish boat, but failed. A Picton dispatch says the Folger struck on almost the same spot where the International wrecked with loss of her crew some fourteen years ago. There have been some nineteen or twenty vessels ashore within a stretch of seven or eight miles east and west of Salmon Point during the last twenty years, and forty lives have been lost.

The government have had two metallic life boats stationed at the point for some five years, but this spring removed them to other points. No doubt, the crew could have been saved if necessary boats thoroughly equipped could have been obtained. The bodies of Capt. McDonald and Mate Wiley have been recovered.

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5 Dec 1882
Personal Name(s):
McDonald, Capt. ; Wiley, Mate
Richard Palmer
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.8575 Longitude: -77.243888
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The Ill-Fated Folger