Hippocampus (Propeller), U11819, 24 Jan 1895
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Benton Harbor, Jan. 24 - Twenty five years ago a terrible calamity befel this community. This city was a burg of 200 or 300 souls, when the stm. HIPPOCAMPUS went to the bottom of the lake while steaming for Chicago with 40 souls, principally because she was too heavily loaded with peaches, which were then the only product of this district. She was at best unseaworthy. Many who intended to cross the lake on her that night disliked the heavy loading and discarded their trip tickets and boarded the cars.
About 10 years later the ALPENA, from South Haven to Chicago, went down with several souls aboard in a terrible storm, worse than the CHICORA was expected to breast.
Eight years ago the schr. MYOSOTIS went down 4 miles down the lake with a load of iron ore. She had a milder storm, but was driven aground and pounded to pieces, but every man of the crew was saved through the efforts of Capt. Robbins.
Sailors remember no storm so severe or as long as that now prevailing.
January 24, 1895
Steam screw HIPPOCAMPUS. U. S. No. 11819. Of 152.91 tons. Home port, St. Joseph, Mich. Of 150 nominal horsepower.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1869
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- William R. McNeil
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Maritime History of the Great Lakes