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  • Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Sat., Sept. 11, 1880
    TextNewspaper       Wreck of the Schooner Isabel. ____ Exposure and peril of her Crew - the Rescuers. ___

    We learn today that the crew of the Canadian schooner Isabel, wrecked at Charlotte yesterday, had quite a serious time on the lake during Thursday night and yesterday morning. ...

    TextNewspaper     Wreck of the Schooner Isabel. ____ Exposure and peril of her Crew - the Rescuers. ___

    We learn today that the crew of the Canadian schooner Isabel, wrecked at Charlotte ...

  • Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Jan. 6, 1877
    TextNewspaper       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 ...

    TextNewspaper     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 ...

  • Port Huron Times-Herald (Port Huron, MI), Fri., 29 Sep 1911, page 6
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  • Sault News Record (Sault Sainte Marie, MI), Oct. 30, 1901
    TextNewspaper       Marine

    The wreck of the barge Montgomery, which occurred last week off station 10 above Whitefish Point, ends the career of one of the most notable vessels on the lakes. The Montgomery was one of the earliest of lake craft. She was built in 1856 by John Bushnell at Newport ...

    TextNewspaper     Marine

    The wreck of the barge Montgomery, which occurred last week off station 10 above Whitefish Point, ends the career of one of the most notable vessels on the lakes. ...

  • Oswego Advertiser & Times (Oswego, NY), Thursday May 30, 1867
    TextNewspaper       TO SHIP AND BOAT OWNERS

    A card from the owners and proprietors of the ship and boat yards appearing in the columns of your paper, Mr. Editor stating that the Ship Carpenters and Caulkers' Protective Union attempted virtually to manage, or mismanage, their yards, and strove to ...

    TextNewspaper     TO SHIP AND BOAT OWNERS

    A card from the owners and proprietors of the ship and boat yards appearing in the columns of your paper, Mr. Editor stating that the ...

  • Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), July 16, 1884
    TextNewspaper       THE EIGHT DISTRICT STEAM TONNAGE AND INSPECTION REPORT _______ Over 1,500,000 Passengers Carried Without the Loss of One _______ Report of the Supervising Inspector of Steam Vessels

    The report of Joseph Cook, supervising inspector of steam vessels of the ...

    TextNewspaper     THE EIGHT DISTRICT STEAM TONNAGE AND INSPECTION REPORT _______ Over 1,500,000 Passengers Carried Without the Loss of One _______ Report of the Supervising Inspector of Steam Vessels

    The report of ...

  • Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Monday, Dec. 6, 1875
    TextNewspaper       Crew of the Jenkins

    We learn from the crews of the vessels which arrived from Port Dalhousie this morning that the crew of the schooner I.G. Jenkins consisted of the following persons: Captain John Brown; first mate, Samuel Mcdonald; second mate, John Smith; seamen William Bosner, ...

    TextNewspaper     Crew of the Jenkins

    We learn from the crews of the vessels which arrived from Port Dalhousie this morning that the crew of the schooner I.G. Jenkins consisted of the ...

  • Daily Times (Oswego, NY), Saturday , Nov.8, 1856
    TextNewspaper       Perilous Situation of Men on Board the J.G. Deshler.

    Just as we go to press we learn that forty-three farmers who went on board the schooner Deshler, ashore about 9 miles up the lake, this morning, for the purpose of getting off grain, are now in a most perilous situation ...

    TextNewspaper     Perilous Situation of Men on Board the J.G. Deshler.

    Just as we go to press we learn that forty-three farmers who went on board the schooner Deshler, ashore about 9 ...

  • St. Catharines Constitutional (St. Catharines, ON), July 18, 1855
    TextNewspaper      

    Steamer To Toronto - The arrangements recently affected by Mr. Wyatt, whereby the steamer Boston will ply regularly between Toronto and this port every Saturday afternoon, returning on Monday morning, cannot be without much benefit to the dust-smothered dinezens of that bustling city; ...

    TextNewspaper    

    Steamer To Toronto - The arrangements recently affected by Mr. Wyatt, whereby the steamer Boston will ply regularly between Toronto and this port every Saturday afternoon, returning on Monday morning, ...

  • Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), Tues, 16 Apr, 1878
    TextNewspaper       Here's an interesting account of the domino effect of the breaking of a piece of gear in wrecking the sails of this big schooner. The HELVETIA of Buffalo was a 793gt three-master, built in Tonawanda, NY, in 1873, and was US#95213. In 1898 she was chartered for ocean service and, ...
    TextNewspaper     Here's an interesting account of the domino effect of the breaking of a piece of gear in wrecking the sails of this big schooner. The HELVETIA of Buffalo was a ...
  • Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Sat.,  Nov. 20, 1880
    TextNewspaper       A LANDSMAN ON SEAMANSHIP. ______ An Authority Who Wants all the Canal Vessels Beached. _____

    Inter-Ocean: - if the masters of canal vessels had good courage and common sense they would beach their vessels instead of foundering outside, or foundering to ...

    TextNewspaper     A LANDSMAN ON SEAMANSHIP. ______ An Authority Who Wants all the Canal Vessels Beached. _____

    Inter-Ocean: - if the masters of canal vessels had good courage and common sense they ...

  • Oswego County Whig (Oswego, NY), Tues., Aug. 13, 1839
    TextNewspaper      

    Accident on the Lake. - Last Friday morning about one o'clock, the steamers United States and Great Britain, the former on her passage up, the latter on her passage down the lake, while on their regular trips between this place and Lewiston, came in contact while passing near the ...

    TextNewspaper    

    Accident on the Lake. - Last Friday morning about one o'clock, the steamers United States and Great Britain, the former on her passage up, the latter on her passage down ...

  • Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Thurs., Jan. 13, 1881
    TextNewspaper       Another Rotten Steamer.

    At Toronto, Mrs. Emma Fisher has sued the Georgian Bay Navigation Company for $20,000 damages for the loss of her husband, B.N. Fisher, on the steamer Waubano, which was totally lost, with 22 lives, on Georgian Bay Nov. 22, 1879.

    Some most damaging ...

    TextNewspaper     Another Rotten Steamer.

    At Toronto, Mrs. Emma Fisher has sued the Georgian Bay Navigation Company for $20,000 damages for the loss of her husband, B.N. Fisher, on the steamer Waubano, ...

  • Oswego Times & Journal (Oswego, NY), Mon., Nov. 6, 1854
    TextNewspaper      

    Barque Col. Camp. - This fine barque, which was launched from the yard of Asa Wilcox, Three Mile Bay, on Lake Ontario, about the first of August last, made her appearance in our harbor for the first time this morning from Chicago, being her second trip to the Upper Lakes.

    ...
    TextNewspaper    

    Barque Col. Camp. - This fine barque, which was launched from the yard of Asa Wilcox, Three Mile Bay, on Lake Ontario, about the first of August last, made her ...

  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 17 May, 1873
    TextNewspaper       MANZANILLA is not so unusual. It means, literally. "little apple" and is the Spanish equivalent of "chamomile," an apple-scented plant used in herbal teas. It is also a classic Spanish wine. The boat MANZANILLA was built by the St. Catharines builder Louis Shickluna and was sister of the schooner MAGELLAN....
    TextNewspaper     MANZANILLA is not so unusual. It means, literally. "little apple" and is the Spanish equivalent of "chamomile," an apple-scented plant used in herbal teas. It is also a classic Spanish ...
  • Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Friday, March 26, 1897
    TextNewspaper       Early Days On The Lakes _____ Captain Molther's Paper Read Last Night _____ Interesting Reminiscences and Personal Experiences of the Captain's Boyhood Day - A Comparison That Shows the Decline of Oswego's Commercial Prosperity.

    Captain

    TextNewspaper     Early Days On The Lakes _____ Captain Molther's Paper Read Last Night _____ Interesting Reminiscences and Personal Experiences of the Captain's Boyhood Day - A Comparison That Shows the Decline ...
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 23 Apr, 1872
    TextNewspaper       The 249 t. VULCAN was the sister of the large tug CHAMPION, which was famous for her long tows of schooners up and down the Detroit River. VULCAN was owned by Livingston & Co., Detroit. It can well be imagined the chaos caused to shipping by a broken-up raft of ...
    TextNewspaper     The 249 t. VULCAN was the sister of the large tug CHAMPION, which was famous for her long tows of schooners up and down the Detroit River. VULCAN was owned ...
  • Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), Tues., Dec. 10, 1850
    TextNewspaper      

    MARINE. - The schooner Frontier, owned in this city, was driven ashore in the gale of Saturday night, about 12 miles below Niagara, and near Wilson. She was bound for ...

    TextNewspaper    

    MARINE. - The schooner Frontier, owned in this city, was driven ashore in the gale of Saturday night, about 12 miles below Niagara, and near

  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Tues., 8 Jun, 1869
    TextNewspaper       NOTE: The 404 t. Canadian bark FANNY CAMPBELL had been built by Louis Shickluna at St. Catharine's the previous year. In 1877 she became what was probably the first Great Lakes tanker, when $10,000 was spent on the installation of large iron tanks in her hold for the transportation of ...
    TextNewspaper     NOTE: The 404 t. Canadian bark FANNY CAMPBELL had been built by Louis Shickluna at St. Catharine's the previous year. In 1877 she became what was probably the first Great ...
  • Oswego Daily Advertiser & Times (Oswego, NY), Mon., Nov. 22, 1869
    TextNewspaper      

    Abandoned Schooner. - Yesterday forenoon the schooner Mary O'Gorman was seen drifting past this port dismasted and apparently abandoned. Along in the forenoon, O. H. Brown, Esq., got a couple of tugs and went out in search of the vessel, which was found about nine miles below the ...

    TextNewspaper    

    Abandoned Schooner. - Yesterday forenoon the schooner Mary O'Gorman was seen drifting past this port dismasted and apparently abandoned. Along in the forenoon, O. H. Brown, Esq., got a couple ...

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