The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Tues., 8 Jun, 1869

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The bark Fanny Campbell, loaded with oak timber and bound from Toledo for Kingston, when about ten miles southwest of Rondeau Point, June 5, wind fresh from north northwest, sprung a leak. As she made water rapidly, Captain McDonald raised a signal of distress, in response to which the propeller Bradbury came alongside. Capt. McDonald informs us that Capt. D Conklin, of the propeller, declined to render any assistance, simply advising him to make for the shore. At this time the Campbell was in a sinking condition, the sea heavy, and the wind off shore. The bark Canada, which was ahead, came about and remained by until one p.m. on the 5th, when the propeller Mendota took the Campbell in tow, and succeeded in reaching within two and one-half miles of shore, when she became water-logged and rolled over. The crew, consisting of twelve men, were taken off, also two horses and the small boat, and taken to Detroit, arriving at six o'clock a.m., Sunday the 6th. The tug Clematis, with steam pumps aboard, was immediately sent to the Campbell.

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NOTE: The 404 t. Canadian bark FANNY CAMPBELL had been built by Louis Shickluna at St. Catharine's the previous year. In 1877 she became what was probably the first Great Lakes tanker, when $10,000 was spent on the installation of large iron tanks in her hold for the transportation of crude oil from the lakes to Montreal. She was lost on Lake Huron in 1899.
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Tues., 8 Jun, 1869
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Tues., 8 Jun, 1869