The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Sep 1895

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A paragraph has been published with reference to the finding of the remains of the schr. New York, of Oswego, which was wrecked off Petticoat swamp a few miles west of Long Point, on the shore of Lake Ontario.

Ex-warden Wm. Fraleigh was an eye-witness of the sad occurrence, and relates particulars.

At the time of the occurrence Mr. Fraleigh resided at the head of South Bay. The wreck occurred in the afternoon. There was a heavy south wind and a big sea when she came in sight. The vessel was evidently disabled, and the gale was driving her ashore. The spectators could only see one man on the vessel, but they could read the name New York, of Oswego, on the side of the vessel in large numbers. The vessel began to go to pieces before their eyes. She was loaded with staves, and they began to come ashore. The man on the vessel hung to it for a while, and appeared to have hold of the ring of the hatchway. Every now and then he would disappear, as the waves washed over the wreck. At times he would wave his hands to the people on the shore. The wreck was on a shoal about half a mile out. Mr. Fraleigh points out the great benefit we get these days from our life-boat service. In those days there was no life boat, or other available boat suitable to weather the terrible sea which prevailed, and the spectators had no means of reaching the man who was perishing before their eyes. If there had been a life boat this brave sailor would have been saved. The man disappeared, and the body was found on the shore the following morning. It proved to be that of the captain, whose name was George Carlisle. He was a fine-looking man, probably about thirty-five years of age. There was some money in his pocket, and papers on his person led to his identification. At the same time that the captain's body was found a hatch with a ring in it was also found. It was evidently the very thing to which the captain had been clinging on the wreck. It was afterwards reported that the vessel had a crew of nine men, who were all lost. The remains of the captain were interred in the Ackerman burying ground, at the head of South Bay. Mr. Fraleigh was one of the bearers, but he does not know of any others now living. It was said that the captain had a wife in the United States, but she never came here. Among those who witnessed the wreck along with Mr. Fraleigh were some of the Farringtons, and members of the families of Wellbanks, Ostrander, Lane, etc. Many of the minor details of the wreck are retained by Mr. Fraleigh, who has a most vivid recollection of the catastrophe. [Picton Gazette]


The schr. Annandale is over from Charlotte with coal.

A government dredge is working in the Rideau canal at Newboro.

The prop. Algonquin is in the canal with a cargo of grain for the K. & M.F. Co.

The barge Thrush came up today from Ogdensburg with 10,000 bushels of corn for Richardson.

Capt. T. Donnelly left for Port Colborne today. He will superintend repairs to the government steamer Bayfield.

The M.T. Co. has a lot of grain to be here at the end of this week. There will be quite a busy scene around the dock.

The schr. Annie Falconer is lying at Swift's dock awaiting a cargo of coal. There are no charters being made just now.

General Paragraph - Cleared at Garden Island: Steamer Jack, Cleveland, light. Arrived: Schooner L. Rooney, Charlotte, coal; str. Chieftain, Montreal, barges.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Sep 1895