The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 17, 1868

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p.2 Collision on Lake Huron - Sarnia, Aug. 15th - Yesterday about one o'clock a.m., seventy miles above Sarnia, the propeller Empire State, bound for Chicago, cargo general merchandize and passengers, the barque Dunderburg cargo forty thousand bushels, collided, and the latter sunk in about ten minutes. The former put back to Detroit, but was obliged to put into Sarnia dock in a sinking condition. By the aid of the Sarnia fire engine steamer she was kept afloat till a powerful pump arrived from Detroit at about ten o'clock this a.m. She was started for the dry docks. The passengers and crew of the Dunderburg were left in the yawl boat, Mrs. Wilcox, wife of one of the proprietors was drowned.

Where Are All The Vessels - The Detroit Free Press says the above question was applied to it last Wednesday, and why it is that so few for some time past are seen passing this port. It is probably not generally known that for several weeks past, not far from 470 vessels and steamers have been out of commission and are laid up at various points on the lakes. A large majority of those running are engaged in the iron ore and lumber traffic, plying, many of them, between Chicago and Saginaw, and other ports on Lake Michigan, while those going to Lake Superior are longer in their trips than formerly, owing to the inconveniences in loading at Marquette, occasioned by the recent fire at that point.

p.3 Ship Building Extraordinary - A fine new bark of 500 tons burthen was launched at Chamber's Island on the 30th ult. She was built by the owner, David Clow. She is 155 feet long, 31 feet wide, and 11 feet hold. In alluding to this launch, it may be proper to mention the energy and perseverance displayed by Mr. Clow and his better half in their experience of ship-building, and the following narrative from the Green Bay Advocate will be found interesting:

The mere launching of a vessel, in this country, where launches are so common, is usually a subject of but a passing brief paragraph. But here is one which demands something more. And here let us go back a few years, and look at the history of this David Clow, for we are proud to point him out as a Wisconsin man, and the very embodiment of the spirit of western enterprise. He is an old resident of Chamber's Island, and, with his wife, who is in reality a "help-meet," years ago conceived the idea of building a vessel. To this undertaking they both bent their entire energies, husband and wife together actually sawing out the planking by hand with a whip-saw. The two built her entire, from stem to stern and from keel to truck - built her almost entirely without iron, pinning her together with wooden trunnels - and the proud result, after seven years of toil, was the schooner Sarah Clow. She proved a strong, seaworthy vessel, and during the six or eight years she has been in service, has realized a rich reward for her energetic builders and owners. Once, indeed, she was supposed to be lost, and here again Capt. Clow's energy was brought into notice. In a storm she was driven ashore, across a tongue of land and into a sort of inland pond some distance from the lake, where there was not sufficient water to float her. The insurance company gave her up, but Clow did not. He actually cut a channel for her, and worked her out to the lake with a windlass in safety. And now his second vessel, the Lewis Day, named in honor of our townsman, floats upon the bay. May she be as fortunate as the first, and may he and his wife long live to enjoy the prosperity they have so nobly won.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 17, 1868