The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Friday, Oct. 20, 1871

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MORE ABOUT THE OLIVIA. -- We reported yesterday the loss of the schooner Olivia, together with the arrival of the crew, except a boy employed as cook. The following additional circumstances have come to hand. It was about 10 o'clock in the morning, when the vessel capsized; she had sprung a leak, and settled down by the head and then rolled over. John Dewy, a boy employed as cook, was lying in his bunk at the time, sea-sick. He was drowned. The crew clung to the side of the vessel for about two hours, when they succeeded in cutting loose the yawl.

As reported yesterday, the schooner Agnes passed them while adrift, and threw them a line, which having missed them, the Captain made no further effort to rescue the men in the yawl. Capt. O'Brien reported that they were doing well. The fact was that they had not an oar or anything else to propel the boat. They were simply drifting with the wind, which was blowing fresh. This looks bad for the Captain of the Agnes; it looks as though the time he would have spent in rescuing those men adrift was more precious to him than their lives. What other reasons there could be for his conduct does not appear Capt. O'Brien himself offered no explanation of it. While they were in the boat the schooner New Dominion also passed them, but its crew were out of sight and could not be made to hear.

When the Olivia went down, she was about 15 miles from port; the men while clinging to the wreck mad an energetic effort to rescue the cook, but could not succeed. Much indignation expressed at the conduct of the Capt. of the Agnes.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Friday, Oct. 20, 1871