The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily Times (Oswego, NY), Tues., Oct. 7, 1919

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Steamer Mills Broken Up
Piece of the Stem and Machinery Still Standing on the Shoal - Bow Went Yesterday

The heavy seas running in the lake yesterday afternoon and last night smashed the big steamer David Mills ashore on Ford Shoals into pieces.

The after part of the boat, weighted down by the big screw, engine and other machinery, was still on the rock last night at sunset, but the bow end was headed for the beach in front of the Summer cottage of Rev. E.G. Quade, where men and boys were getting it ashore and picking up the timbers for firewood. The top sides of the boat are dry and ready for use, and with cross saws the men are rapidly reducing the oak timbers so that it may be used for fire wood.

From the beach in the rear of the Evans farm the machinery of the boat could plainly be seen. The engine is as good as the day it came from the shop it is said and the big Scotch marine boiler was in good shape when the freighter went on the shoal. So far no effort has yet been made to salvage the machinery. From the looks of things today it would be easier to do that now than any time since the boat went on.

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Richard Palmer
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Daily Times (Oswego, NY), Tues., Oct. 7, 1919