The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Tribune (Detroit, MI), 13 Nov, 1875

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"MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING" - There is at present lying on the dock, near the foot of First street, an anchor of English manufacture, forged entirely out of one piece of iron, except the stock; also a swivel chain to match, weighing 2 1/4 pounds to the link, and being 7/4 of an inch in diameter. They were brought to this port yesterday by the little steam yacht Mamie, which has been engaged in looking up that "crooked" whisky, with which the schooner Favorite is said to have been laden with when, in 1832,* she was cut into by the ice and sunk off the mouth of the Raisin River. The anchor has the name "Acraman" stamped on it between the flukes, and weighs something over 700 lbs, and looks as though it had lain at the bottom of Lake Erie for over half a century. Various conjectures were made concerning it, some asserting that it belonged to one of the British fleet that was engaged in fighting that of Commodore Perry at the battle of Lake Erie, supporting their assertion by the fact that the name "Acraman" imprinted on the anchor was the name of one of the British fleet opposed to Perry. This is not so, however. The name of the vessels which took part in that memorable engagement are as follows: the ships Detroit and Queen Charlotte, the schooner Lady Prevost, the brig Hunter, and two smaller vessels, the Chippewa and Little Belt. Of the nine vessels which Commodore Perry commanded, none of them sported the classic name of "Acraman," neither does history throw any light on the subject as to whether they were in possession of an anchor of British manufacture, for the fact cannot be denied that the aforesaid anchor is of British make. Capt. Mellon of the tug Niagara will probably purchase the anchor for use upon his tug.

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*Accident referred to probably actually 1845
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13 Nov, 1875
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Tribune (Detroit, MI), 13 Nov, 1875