The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chicago Tribune (Chicago, IL), 16 July 1861 (Tuesday)

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For some days past great anxiety has prevailed concerning the safety of the propeller L. B. Britton, Capt. Adams, which left St. Joseph, Michigan, for this port on Monday of last week, nothing having since been heard of her up to last evening.

She took a cargo of railroad ties from St. Joseph. Capt. Adams had on board his wife and three children, and a crew of four or five men. The latter part of last week Capt. Robbins, the owner of the cargo, was in this city for tidings of the propeller, and failing to get any information, believed her lost, with all on board, and returned home with such evil news.

We learn that the loss of the vessel is confirmed, but that happily the crew are safe. She was struck by the heavy gale of Monday afternoon and evening, driven off her course, disabled, and finally stranded on the beach six miles from the Calumet river, where she lies a total loss. The crew and passsengers got off in safety.

The Britton was a tub of a craft, built to run on the Erie Canal, and about as suitable for lake navigation as for a whaling voyage to the Pacific. She met the fate that might have been anticipated for her, reserved for other coffins yet afloat.

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Robert C. Myers
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Chicago Tribune (Chicago, IL), 16 July 1861 (Tuesday)