The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Joseph Traveler (St. Joseph, MI), 12 Sept. 1860

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D. M. Malott, master of the schooner Augusta, gives the following version of the catastrophe in his protest made Saturday morning:

The Augusta took on a cargo of lumber about three miles below Port Huron in the St. Clair river, and sailed thence about 4 o'clock P. M. on the 1st of Sept. That nothing material occurred during the voyage until the evening of the 7th of Sept. the vessel then being off Milwaukee, about 7 1/2 o'clock, with wind about N. E., a strong breeze, the vessel heading S. by E., with all sail set. At 2 o'clock A. M. of the 8th was off Waukegan; wind in the same direction, and fresh, about 4 or 5 miles off shore, weather cloudy, moon up, not very dark; our lights all right, and in order; vessel on same course. At about 3 o'clk. took a heavy squall from the north, and vessel broached to. Lowered away fore and main sail about half way, took in jibs, and were running under the sails when we discovered a steamer's lights, both red and blue, supposed to be from a quarter to half a mile distant, and steering between north and north east. Raining very hard. We kept our vessel on her course, E. by S. until we saw a collision was probable, when we put helm hard up. Struck the steamer in about two or three minutes, just abaft the paddle box on her port side. The steamer kept on her course engine in full motion, heading the Augusta around N. alongside the steamer. Got separated from the steamer in about a minute, when the Augusta fell off into the troughs of the sea. All our head gear, jib boom, staunches, etc., were carried away. Took in all sail, and cleared away an anchor, supposing the vessel would fill. Lost sight of the steamer within five minutes after the collision. After clearing up the wreck, got up forestaysail, (finding the vessel was not leaking) and made efforts to get the vessel before the wind and save the masts, as all the head stays were gone, except one forestay, but was obliged to hoist a part of the foresail, when we succeeded in getting before the wind and stood in for the land. When within about three miles, stood down the shore and arrived off Chicago harbor about 7 1/2 o'clock A.M., September 8.

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The steamer the Augusta struck was the Lady Elgin.
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12 Sept. 1860
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Robert C. Myers
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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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St. Joseph Traveler (St. Joseph, MI), 12 Sept. 1860