The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), Sept. 16, 1850

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From the Detroit Tribune.
Horrible Sufferings - Starvation - Man eating his hand - Shipwreck on Lake Michigan

We are indebted to Capt. William H. Hopper, of the Central Road, for the following particulars which he relates:

Capt. Hopkins of the steamer J.D. Morton, while on her passage from Chicago to New Buffalo, on Friday last, discovered what he supposed to be a raft with some one upon it, some five miles in the lake. He immediately turned his boat and went for the object. He found the raft made of spars, with Capt. Davidson, of the schooner Thornton, upon it. It appears he was wrecked on the 31st ult. having been seven days and nights without food. Two of the crew, whose names he did not learn, with the Captain, made the raft of the mainmast, mainboom and maingaff. The two men dropped off on the third night after, having become exhausted for want of food.

Capt. Hopkins describes the scene most pitiful. Captain Davidson had commenced eating his left hand the last night! Several steamers and vessels have been in sight, and one vessel hailed him, but made no attempt to get him off. Of course the Captain is exceedingly weak, but in a fair way for recovery.

Capt. Hopkins of the J.D. Morton, has shown himself a humane man and the public should recollect it. A collection was taken up for the unfortunate man, and some $40 raised, mostly by the crew, headed by the Captain.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), Sept. 16, 1850