The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Whip (Tug), 1864

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MIRACULOUS ESCAPE - SAILING OUT OF THE VERY JAWS OF DEATH. - As a small Canadian trading schooner, the WHIP, Captain J.T. Young, was being towed out of
Chippewa Harbor by the tug BUFFALO, the line by which she was attached to the tug was broken by the strength of the current and she was carried swiftly down toward the rapids above the Falls. The Captain and two men on board saw at once that they were in imminent danger, having neither anchor nor small boat and being in such a position that on one dared attempt their rescue from the shore.
The Captain seeing the imminent danger in which they were in, conceived an idea which saved the lives of the whole party as well as the vessel. There was quite a gale blowing up the river at the time, and the master, with the aid of the two men, seeing all other relief out of the question, ordered all sail hoisted and sailed out of the very jaws of death, against the powerful current of the river absolutely landing soon after at Hog Island in safety, having gone further down the Niagara River than any other man ever did in a boat, and escaped.
      The Buffalo Post
      Saturday, November 24, 1866

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      The schooner "WHIP" - We have the following from the Welland, C.W., Tribune in relation to the schooner WHIP, which had a narrow escape from being carried over the Niagara Falls, an account of which we gave several days ago.
      "The schooner referred to was built, or rather re-built, here last spring. She was formerly the tug WHIP, used for towing on the Welland River, the exploding of the boiler of which, it was supposed, rendered her a thing of the past. But not so. Her hull was purchased for the sum of $5, and she was shape into the serviceable and fast sailing little schooner she has proved herself.
After being rebuilt, her owners turned captain and crew, and engaged in trade between this and adjoining ports and Buffalo - a business which, we are glad to learn, they have found remunerative. All due honor to her owners for their enterprise and ingenuity, and for their skill in managing the lucky little craft.
      The Buffalo Post
      Saturday, December 1, 1866

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Whip (Tug), 1864