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Pultneyville, NY (Lake Ontario) Steamer PERSEVERANCE Lost, Oct 1868


Oswego, Tuesday, Oct. 6.
The propeller Perseverance, Capt. JOHN FITZGIBBONS, of the Welland Railway Line, took fire fifteen miles off Pultneyville about 2 o'clock this morning and burned to the water's edge. The fire was first discovered by the engineer, who showed it to the first mate, he being then on watch, and almost before they could realize the appalling fact, the propeller was completely enveloped in flames. Two of her boats were on fire before they could be reached, but the third was launched and put off with the two mates, two men and a boy. There were nineteen persons aboard, fourteen of whom, including the Captain, perished in the flames. The propeller Enterprise, of the same line, was about fifteen miles astern of the Perseverance, and she picked up the boat containing the persons above named and arrived with them at this port this afternoon. The Enterprise remained near the burning steamer until daylight, at which time the wreck was still afloat. The Captain's son, who is first mate, is among the saved. The cargo of the Perseverance consisted of 20,147 bushels of corn for T. S. Mott, of Oswego, and both boat and cargo were insured. The Perseverance was a first-class propeller, and was employed wholly in the grain trade between the Welland Railway and Oswego. This is one of the most heartrending accidents that has ever occurred on Lake Ontario, and has cast a gloom over the whole community. Capt. FITZGIBBONS formerly resided in this city, and was well known and much respected. The following are the names of those lost:
MICHAEL FITZGIBBONS, the steward, and son of the Captain.
ALEXANDER McARTHUR, first engineer.
CHARLES MASON, second engineer.
DOLF BISNER, wheelsman.
Four deck hands, with unknown French names.
MRS. DAVIS and daughter.
MORRIS FITZGIBBONS, first mate, and son of the Captain.
WILLIAM THORP, second mate.
PETER LEGHO, wheelsman.
Deck hand, name unknown.
PATRICK LYNCH, the porter.

New York Times New York 1868-10-07

article | by Dr. Radut