Apr 26, 2020
Capt. William O’Toole, 45, Clayton, a native of Constableville and son of Civil War soldier and Irish immigrant, Peter O’Toole, piloted the Hartford. In addition to the captain, also lost when the ship went down were his wife, Mary Manson O’Toole and their 5-month-old child, Mary Kathleen, along with four others.
The O’Tooles left five other children orphans, who after the tragedy were cared for by their 68-year-old grandmother, Sarah O’Toole of Clayton.
Accompanying the washing up of the skeletal remains of the ship last month came fresh reflections about the captain of the doomed vessel by his descendants.
Chris Brock joines Kelly Burdick, Christina Knott and Dennis O'Brien to discuss. Visit the Watertown Daily Times at nny360.com to read the full story on the schooner section’s resurrection. Read the poem here.