The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 25 Sep, 1870

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APPARENTLY A BAD CASE. - The sinking of the schooner Thornton, ore laden, was announced in these column a short time ago. Facts with regard to the loss have just come to light, which place the owners and master of the vessel in rather awkward positions. When she left Marquette she was leaking so badly that it was with the greatest difficulty that the crew could be prevailed upon to ship on her, and it was only by paying them extra wages and carrying extra hands that they could get out of port. In the canal it was also feared that she would go down. When on Lake Huron the water gained so rapidly on the pumps that the mate, who was on the watch, headed her for shore, intending to beach her, but Capt. Lamphere, discovering the mate's designs, turned her head again to sea, and shortly afterward she went down in fifty fathoms of water.

These facts are gleaned from the investigations of the underwriters and the voluntary affidavits of some of the seamen on board when she sank. The companies interested are Albany City, Aetna and Commercial.

In the protest of the owners it is stated that the vessel was seaworthy and in good shape when she left Marquette. - [Chicago Republican, 23rd.

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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 25 Sep, 1870