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Montgomery (Propeller), lightning, 31 May 1858


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PROPELLER STRUCK BY LIGHTNING. - The Propeller MONTGOMERY was struck by lightning, when off Port Washington, Lake Michigan, during the squall of Sunday evening. She had some fifty passengers on board, who escaped without any other injury than a severe fright. The watchman of the boat and two deck hands were knocked down, but soon recovered. The bolt first struck the foremast, glanced to the deck, dodged into the wheelhouse, and followed the wheel chains about its business, much to the relief of the man at the wheel who was startled some when the intruder sent all the glass in the sash jingling in a jiffy.
      Cleveland Morning Leader
      Wednesday, June 3, 1858

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      PROPELLER STRUCK BY LIGHTNING. - The propeller MONTGOMERY, while off Port Washington during the squall of Sunday evening, was struck by lightning. The lightning first struck the foremast, just below the cross-trees on the starboard side, then
glanced and struck about halfway down the mast, then struck again at the upper side of the taff-rail, piercing a hole as if done with a gimlet, then glanced to the deck, tearing up the canvas in several places until it reached the pilot-house, breaking all the glass from the sash, and finally went off at the wheel-chains. The watchman of the boat and two deck hands were knocked down but escaped serious injury. - Chicago Union.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Thursday, June 4, 1858

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Reason: lightning
Lives: nil
Remarks: Uninjured
Date of Original:
1858
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Local identifier:
McN.W.12858
Language of Item:
English
  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.38722 Longitude: -87.87564
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Montgomery (Propeller), lightning, 31 May 1858