The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Saturday, May 9, 1868

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TIDAL WAVE. - The tidal wave upon this lake last Friday was quite remarkable in its effects at Racine. The Journal states that shortly after two in the afternoon the water began to rush in the river with such rapidity that in less than five minutes it had risen nearly four feet above the low water mark, then, as suddenly, it subsided two feet below low water mark, making a difference of six feet in the depth of the river in fifteen minutes time. The schooner Hyphen, lying at the railroad dock, had about twenty feet of her main rail torn off by catching on the timbers as the water ebbed. Three miles up the river, the waters assumed the appearance of a huge wave, and swept on until it reached the rapids and the dam above. - [Buffalo Commercial.

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Technically not a tidal wave, this was probably what limnologists call a "seiche." It is usually caused in one part of the lake by high atmospheric pressure or high winds on another part of the lake. However, this is the first time I've ever heard of a seiche occurring on both sides of the lake sumultaneously, or of one producing such "tidal bores" as described.
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Saturday, May 9, 1868
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Saturday, May 9, 1868