The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), May 8, 1878

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A sailor’s Fatal fall.

Rochester Democrat, May 8; A fatal accident occurred on board the schooner Guiding Star yesterday about 7 o’clock, as the schooner was about two miles from the end of the pier. A sailor named Uria Howard of North Scribes, Oswego county was in the rigging assisting to reef the top sail, when he was taken with an epileptic fit and fell on the cress trees.

The men at work near him discovered him struggling where he had fallen and endeavored to reach him, but before they could do so he fell to the water a distance of eighty feet. He struck the water flat on his stomach and lay for a moment on the top of the water. A boat was immediately lowered and the crew of the tug Barrows also made an effort not save him but he sank and was seen no more. The young man had only shipped on the Guiding Star the evening previous, H e was the sun of a well to do farmer at North Sriba. Upon the arrival of the schooner at Charlotte a telegram was sent to his family announcing the fact of the fatal accident.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), May 8, 1878