The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 30 Aug, 1870

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THE SCHOONER THORNTON A TOTAL LOSS. - By the arrival of the propeller Arctic from Lake Superior, information is received of the loss of the schooner Thornton in Lake Huron, about fifteen miles from False Detour, off the foot of Cockburn Island. Capt. Lamphere, of the Thornton, gives the following particulars. His vessel spring a leak on Friday, the 26th, and for two hours the crew labored to keep her free and to lighten her by throwing over the deck load. Their efforts were unsuccessful, and the effects of the men were put in the yawl boat. They then abandoned the vessel. In a few moments she sank, going down by the head. The compressed air bulged her decks up, and broke her completely into fragments. Her mainmast shot up quite a distance into the air, and the water for some distance was strewn with the pieces. Part of the keel came up to the surface, and the foremast came up heel first, the rigging holding the balance to the forecastle, the only part of the vessel of which no fragments were found. The charts give fifty fathoms of water where she sank. Capt. Lamphere and crew landed on Drummond Island; camped out for the night, and on Saturday reached Detour, from which place they were brought here on the Arctic and took the Rice for Cleveland. The Thornton rated B1, was owned by Palmer & Pennington of Cleveland, and loaded at Marquette with 450 tons of ore consigned to Messrs. H. B. Tuttle & Co., Cleveland.

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This is the only instance I know of of a vessel being so totally destroyed by the action of escaping air as she sank. The fact later brought about accusations that THORNTON was totally unseaworthy at the time of her loss. She was 274 gt, built by Bidwell & Banta at Buffalo in 1853.
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30 Aug, 1870
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 30 Aug, 1870