The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Joseph Traveler (St. Joseph, MI), 17 July 1861

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The propeller L. L. Britton, Captain John Q. Adams, which has been for some weeks past plying between this port Chicago, there is every reason to believe, is lost with all on board.

She left St. Joseph for Chicago on the evening of the 9th instant, (over a week ago) was passed by the Lady Franklin about one o'clock the same night , midway on the route, since which time no tidings have been received of her, either in Chicago or this place. About 4 o'clock on Wednesday morning, a heavy wind sprang up from the westward, and by 7 o'clock it blew a gale, with a high sea, compelling a large fleet of vessels to seek this harbor to escape it's fury. It is probable the unfortunate propeller went down in this gale.

There were five persons on board the Britton, viz: Capt. Adams, his wife, engineer, and two deck hands. Her cargo consisted of 1,200 R R. ties, and 8 boxes of fresh fish. Her tonnage we have not been able to learn, but she was capable of carrying 90,000 feet of lumber, and was supposed to be every way seaworthy. She was originally a large canal boat, and was built for towing boats from Albany to New York City, and being the first draft of her kind propelled by steam ever constructed, her trial trip Gov. King then chief executive of the State, with a number of other distinguished gentelmen, took passage on her to New York.

She had been on the Lakes but a year or two. Her commander, Capt. Adams was a gentleman of fine social abilities, and although he had made but a few trips to this port, he won many friends meantime, by his courtesy and gentlemanly bearing. It was our good fortune to occasionally meet him while in port, and his genial nature, candor, and the excellent qualities of his nature , won our esteem and regard, and in fact all with whom he came in contact speak of him in the kindest manner. He was a native of Albany, N. Y., where his friends probably reside.

Since the above article was put in type, a gentleman from Chicago has informed us that the captian and crew of the Britton had arrived safely in that city, but the boat and cargo were lost. A portion of her deck came ashore near that place.

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Jon Wuepper
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St. Joseph Traveler (St. Joseph, MI), 17 July 1861