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Sackett's Harbor, NY Fleet In Tow Sinking, Nov 1879

THIRTY-ONE PERSONS DROWNED IN LAKE ONTARIO.

Sackett's Harbor, N.Y., Nov. 18. -- The steaming tug Seymour, of Ogdensburg, left Cape Vincent yesterday noon with a tow consisting of three dredges, two derricks and seven scows, owned by Eckler & Arnold, of Buffalo. They had fine weather until after passing Gallop Island, off Sakett's Harbor, when a gale of wind from the northwest, with a heavy snow storm, set in. The tug and tow got within five or six miles off Oswego, when they lost their light. The tug was turned around, and endavored to hold the fleet until daylight, but the fleet broke away and was lost with all hands except six who were rescued by the tug. Thirty-one persons, including three women and one girl, were drowned. The fleet is a total loss.
The following is a list of those drowned:
MR. ARNOLD, one of the proprietors.
HARRY ECKLER, son of another proprietor.
JAMES B. YOUNG, of Buffalo.
PATRICK HOGAN, of Grand Rapids, Mich.
PATRICK FENNELL, of Lachine, Canada.
THOMAS THOMPSON, of Buffalo.
MR. PAUL, of Lachine.
GEORGE PALMER and wife, of Vergenites, Vt.
LUDSON MORRISON, of Welland, Canada.
JEROME MORRISON, wife and daughter, of Lachine.
CHARLES ENGLAND and wife, of Lachine.
CHARLES CRURYOUGH, of Lachine.
EDWARD BEAUSAU, of Buffalo.
JOHN WOOD and son, of Ogdensburg.
NOAH GARROW, of Ogdensburg.
H. MARCTON, of Ogdensburg.
WILLIAM SCOTT, of Ogdensburg.
Captain SAMUEL LOGAN, of Morrisburg, Ont.
WILLIAM LOGAN, of Morrisburg, Ont.
The tug Charles M. Riter, of Buffalo, which was picked up on the lake and towed into this port today, was abandoned and half full of water. The engineer was saved and taken to Sackett's Harbor. The crew of the schooner Nellie P. Downey reports that at 11:30 o'clock last night, when fifteen miles off Oswego, they almost collided with the Seymour's tow. They saw a long line of lights through the mist and snow and supposed it was Oswego. They shortened sail and prepared to run in, when suddenly they saw a derrick under their jib boom. They heard no voices and saw nothing more. The wrecked fleet was composed as follows, as far as known:
The tugs O. A. Thayer; Philip Baker; Charles M Riter; John Heckler No. 1; John Heckler No. 2 and Gordon. They were owned by John Heckler & Co., of Buffalo, and had been employed on the Lachine canal. The revenue-cutter Manhattan with the Oswego life-crew went out upon the lake today in search of the wrecks, but report that nothing was seen. A dispatch from Lodus Point reports that the tug Judson Morrison has arrived at that port with the following persons saved:
Captain Thompson; Frederick Strokes; Charles England and wife; Charles Carrigan; J. R. Young; Henry Heckler; Jerome Morrison and wife; Patrick Fennell and three unknown men.

National Republican District of Columbia 1879-11-19

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