The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 2 Jun, 1874

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A BRIG NO LONGER. - The Brig Helfenstein, built at Milwaukee in 1847, has terminated her career under that rig and has followed the career of numberless other old craft and has been converted into a barge, to which all (if not previously wrecked) have come to. She has been one of the most remarkable vessels ever on the lakes, not only for her longevity, but from her numerous escaped from total loss. She is charged in the records during her career with upwards of forty disasters, and has been commanded by nearly double that number of skippers. Of her misfortunes, the first took place July 4, 1852, on Lake Michigan, where she became disabled, lost both anchors, struck the beach at Milwaukee, got off a few hours after and run for Chicago, got inside and sunk, involving a loss of $3,600. The same year in October she rode down a pier on Lake Michigan and was damaged. In 1856 she threw over part of a deckload of slate on Lake Michigan, lost her foreyard and collided with the propeller Omar Pasha going into Chicago. In November, 1856 lost a man overboard on Lake Michigan and her mate overboard in October, 1860. Ashore at Harrisville, Lake Huron, in August, 1866. Sunk with a cargo of ore at Marquette in June, 1871, and during her time has been twice abandoned. But very few of those who have commanded her are now living.

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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 2 Jun, 1874