The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), November 20, 1872

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A FLYING CRAFT - The Marquette Mining Journal of the 23rd inst. says:

The feat of Capt. Peterson, in taking the schooner Exile, stern foremost, over the bar at the mouth of the Chocolay, and running up the river to the furnace and out of reach of the storm last week, is one of the affairs which will go into nautical history and be talked about for all time to come, and especially because a hundred feet of pier and numerous spiles were knocked down by the vessel without injuring her. But the captain will not allow his friends to give him credit for skill in the matter. He thinks it is the first instance he has known of a vessel drawing six feet sailing over a bar where there was but four feet, and accords to the Exile extraordinary jumping qualities. Beside, she seemed determined to get into the Chocolay, as if to find comfortable winter quarters.

The Exile belongs in Huron, Ohio. She is a 700-ton craft of the staunchest caharacter, and having good sailing qualities. It is intended to get her out of her present location, if the weather will permit dredging, and put from four to five hundred tons of ore in her and get her home for the winter, if possible.

The Exile has since been brought into Marquette and the only injury she sustained by her thumping and careening was the breaking of her rudder step.

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EXILE was built in 1867 at Huron (or Milan) OH. She was a good-sized schooner: 152 feet keel by 30 feet beam, by 11 feet depth of hold. She lasted a long time, being wrecked in a storm in 1916. The Chocolay River mouth is a few miles southeast of Marquette, Mich.
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November 20, 1872
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), November 20, 1872