The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
W. I. Price (Scow), adrift, 1 Feb 1859

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SCOW LOOSE.---The Scow W.I. PEMBROKE, belonging to Mr. Alexander Clemens of Marblehead, and which was laid up at Sandusky Bay, broke from her moorings a few days ago and was drifted into the lake. Mr. Clemens wrote to Capt. Greenhaigh of the tug NIAGARA, requesting him to keep a look-out for her, and if possible, get her into some port. The first of last week she was seen about five miles off the east end of Kelly's Island. She had no mast or running rigging aboard. Capt. Greenhaigh has fitted up his tug and will go out in search for her as soon as the ice will permit. Mr. Clemens wished him to find her, but would "not pay for hunting for her, unless he found the miserable old carcass."
      Cleveland Morning Leader
      February 18, 1859

I'M AFLOAT! I'M AFLOAT!.----We published a few days since the fact that the scow W.I. PRICE had broken away from her moorings at Marblehead and drifted into the lake. A week ago last Tuesday, she was seen off Black River. Four men started out in a boat to reach her, supposing that she had sails aboard and could be easily guided to land, could they get aboard. Reaching the scow, they found no sails or masts on board. Under the circumstances, it was resolved to return to land for sails. One of the four, however, resolved to stay on board, and await the return of the others. They accordingly left him and pulled for the land. While they were gone, a breeze sprung up and drove the scow before it so much that it was drifted away from the neighborhood of Black River, down the lake. The solitary mariner, who was compelled to drift day after day, the weather changed from moderate to cold, and from rain to hail and sleet, could only patiently abide the issue. He fortunately found provisions on board with which he supplied all demands for food, and at length, on Tuesday last, after having drifted for seven days and nights, his craft drove on shore, about fifteen miles East of this city. The tug PETER SMITH, has gone out to bring the vessel into port. (condensed)
      Cleveland Morning leader
      Feburary 24, 1859


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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.60422 Longitude: -82.7074
William R. McNeil
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W. I. Price (Scow), adrift, 1 Feb 1859