The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Colin Campbell (Propeller), 11 Oct 1875

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The prop. COLIN CAMPBELL, which leared for Chicago Saturday evening, returned to port yesterday about noon, and reported the loss of her master, Capt. Samuel Smith, who mysteriously disappeared early Sunday morning, while the vessel was in the middle of the lake above Dunkirk. The watchman states that Capt. Smith complained of being sick and dizzy about 3:00, and said he would have to turn in. The mate was called on deck, and the captain left, going in the direction of his stateroom. About 4:00 it was found necessary to consult him, but he could not be found in his room or any other part of the vessel. The supposition is that he either jumped or fell overboard, although no reasons are given for the former theory. The cpatain was said to be a man of good habits. He resides in Erie and leaves a wife and family. Capt. W.H. Arthur has been placed in coomad of the vessel.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 11, 1875 3-5

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Colin Campbell (Propeller), 11 Oct 1875