The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 3 Oct 1883

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Not Ashore

During the severe blow of a week ago one of the schooners reported ashore was the W. H. Rounds. The captain of the tug Hero reported the schooner hard aground on Amherst Island. Yesterday Capt. E. Thomas, who sails the schooner, was in this city and all his acquaintances were congratulating him on getting his schooner off so quickly. "Was she badly damaged?" "How did it happen?" "What tug pulled her off?" and "How much did it cost you?" were questions which Capt. Thomas sixty-three times when he met a reporter about 6 o'clock in the afternoon. The reporter at once started to inquire about the matter when he was stopped by the captain, who stated that his schooner had not touched the bottom and was safe in Oswego at the time when she was reported as pounding on the rocks. "I never had anything annoy me so much," said Capt. Thomas, "as that report. The first tug I met on the lake was the Winslow. Mart Swain yelled 'Glad to see you afloat again. When did you get off?' Then I met the tug A. A. Turner and Capt. Wilson hailed me, and said he was glad it wasn't worse. Then I got into Toledo and every man I met wanted to know about it., and it's the same here in Detroit. They say my wife had crape [sic] bought ready for the funeral, but I don't believe it. I came here from salt water fourteen years ago, and during most of the time since have been in charge of a schooner, and I never yet got where I required assistance to get me off." When last seen the captain was looking for an old boot out of which to make a pair of spectacles for the captain of the tug Hero.

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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 3 Oct 1883