The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 22 Nov, 1870

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A FISH STORY. - When the propeller Cuyahoga struck upon the rocks in the Sault (i.e. St. Mary's) River recently, she sprung a leak, which required the pumps to be put in constant motion. This lasted until the propeller reached Lake Michigan, when the leak suddenly stopped. Upon being placed in dry dock at Chicago, it was discovered that a monster catfish had been drawn into the break, completely shutting out the water. - [Milwaukee Sentinel.

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There are also instances of hull breaches being plugged by boulders and blocks of ice, but this is the only report of a fish saving a Great Lakes vessel of which I am aware.
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22 Nov, 1870
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Dave Swayze
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 22 Nov, 1870