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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Thurs., Dec. 5, 1872 
TextNewspapers    The Schooner William Elgin. - The Belleville, Jefferson county, correspondent of the Watertown Dispatch writes as follows: "The schooner William Elgin, which went ashore near Armstrong's on Wednesday evening, is still fast in the sand. The deck load of lumber has nearly all been washed...
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), June 14, 1875 
TextNewspapers    New Vessels. The addition to Oswego's fleet, the new schooner Lem. Ellsworth, arrived in port yesterday afternoon in tow of the tug Morey. She is "no slouch of a schooner" as one of the wharf rats remarked yesterday, but on the contrary is a staunch and thoroughly fastened vessel, at full ...
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), March 30, 1876 
TextNewspapers    Captain Edmund Welch. Yesterday Captain Edmund Welch, one of the oldest and at one time one of the most prominent captains on the lakes, died. Capt. Welch was born on the island of Newfoundland, in October, 1815, and being left an orphan at an early age, went to sea. After spending some ...
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), May 11, 1876 
TextNewspapers    The Countess of Dufferin ______ Her Blocks, Mast Hoops, Dead Eyes, etc., Made in Oswego _____ Oswego has an interest in the new yacht Countess of Dufferin, launched yesterday at Coburg, which is to sail the crack yachts of the New York Club this summer for the Queen's cup, won by the yacht...
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Sept. 30, 1876 
TextNewspapers    A Dishonest Captain _______ An Accident to the Schooner Babineau & Gaudry Lands the Captain into the Clutches of the Law. _______ The sinking of the schooner Babineau & Gaudry near Alexandria Bay was an unfortunate thing for the owner and captain, William Patterson of Picton, ...
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Saturday, Dec. 30, 1876 
TextNewspapers    Lake Pirates _______ A Reminiscence of the Days When the Mormons were on Beaver Island, Lake Michigan. _______ "The lakes have had pirates in their day," remarked a weather beaten hulk, and he rolled his quid to starboard as he cast a side long glance at three or four incredulous young ...
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Jan. 6, 1877 
TextNewspapers    An Old Tar's Twister _______ The Speed of Vessels Twenty-Five Years Ago - A Miraculous Escape From Drowning _______ It was a dark stormy night - the wind howling its loudest and shrillest from the northwest, a good night for a yarn and it was evident from the frequency with which the...
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), March 10, 1877 
TextNewspapers    An Old Tar's Twister _________ A Breeze on Lake Erie. _________ Yes, to be sartin, I remember the breeze in the fall of '44. I were mate on one of them 'ere pocket edision brigs belongin' to Detroit then. We was workin' up Lake Erie and had just got breast of the O w'en wind, which were ...
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), March 10, 1877 
TextNewspapers    How to Hook on a Boat. It is reported that Capt. Billy McGee of the schooner Richardson of Kingston, has sold his schooner and is going to retire to a farm. There is considerable music in Capt. Billy and he will be missed at this port. Last fall Captain Billy (who by the way is rather broad in...
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Tues. , April 10, 1877 
TextNewspapers    ... the above statement are the figures "22," "15" and the footing "37. " The Featherstonhaughs brought the trunk and contents home. The books were in a sticky, semi-pulpy sort of state, but they dried them out carefully, after which the leaves opened readily...
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Thursday, July 19, 1877 
TextNewspapers    The Burning of the Ellsworth Hon. A. C. Mattoon returned from Stony Island last evening. It appears that the steam barge Ellsworth lay at anchor off Stony Island in about 21 feet of water when she burned Tuesday evening. She had landed the party from this city, and they had gone into camp on...
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), July 3, 1879 
TextNewspapers    The New Schooner Leadville The dimensions of the new schooner Leadville, owned by M.J. Cummings and launched at Goble & Macfarlane's yards yesterday, are as follows: Length 142 feet 6 inches; beam 26 feet 3 inches; depth of hold in the shoalest place, 12 feet, and at the forward hatch, 13 ...
Buffalo Courier (Buffalo, NY), November 25, 1882, page 3 
TextNewspapers  Buffalo Courier (Buffalo, NY), November 25, 1882, page 3page 3  Column 2
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Tues., May 6, 1884 
TextNewspapers    A Thrilling Adventure. The Wreck of the Schooner Cummings - Three of the Crew Overboard - All Safe. Capt. Ferris, of the tug Charley Ferris, which arrived back this morning, after towing the dismasted schooner M.J. Cummings from Thirty Mile Point to Port Dalhousie, says that the crew of the...
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Mon., Nov. 22, 1886 
TextNewspapers    Loss of the Ida Walker _____ Need of Paid Crews of Life Savers on the Canadian Shore. Captain O'Hagan, of the schooner Hannah Butler, sharply criticizes the failure of the Canadian government to establish life saving stations and keep paid crews along the Canadian shore. Speaking of the...
Watertown Daily Times (Watertown, NY), Dec. 14, 1886. 
TextNewspapers    On Monday, December 14, 1886 the schooner Ocean Wave, which went ashore near Port Ontario a few days ago, has been stripped of her canvas and rigging and will be hauled out on the shore for the Winter About 2,500 bushels of her cargo have been taken out dry and the rest will be saved. The...
Watertown Herald (Watertown, NY), Saturday, Aug. 14, 1889 
TextNewspapers    Wrecked on the River. Fisher's Landing, Aug. 23. - The three masted schooner A. Vickery, with 21,000 bushels of corn for cargo, bound for Prescott from Chicago, struck a shoal near the Rock Island light house near Fisher's Landing, Thursday night, August 15. The schooner left Chicago August...
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Monday, March 28, 1892 
TextNewspapers    A Steam Yacht Destroyed ________ A Mystery in Connection With the Burning of the Magic This Morning. Port Ontario, March 28. - (Special.) The steam yacht Magic, owned by Captain Ripson of Pulaski, was discovered to be on fire at 3 o'clock this morning and was speedily reduced to ashes. The...
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Aug. 29, 1913 
TextNewspapers    Obituary _____ Peter Dufrane Peter Dufrane, for seventy two years a resident of this city, and one of the pioneer shipbuilders of the lakes, died at the home of his niece, Miss Louise Dufrane, 171 West Seneca street, last night in his ninety-third year. Born in Quebec in June, 1821, Mr. ...
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Tues., Oct. 17, 1916 
TextNewspapers    Schooner Is In Distress _________ In Lake Ten Miles Off This Port With Sails Blown Away - Coast Guard to Rescue In the face of a heavy sea the United States Coast Guard crew in the powerful surfboat "Endeavor," at 3:30 o'clock this afternoon started out into the lake to offer assistance to a...
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