The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 1 Dec., 1872

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BARGES IN A DILEMMA - ONE LOST. - The somewhat sudden though not unexpected settling in of the extreme cold weather, which has brought navigation to a close, has prevented a number of vessels from getting into port. The tug Torrent left Cleveland on the morning of the 28th ult. with a tow of barges all laden with coal for Detroit. She also had the schooner J. W. Sargent with the others. On arriving in the locality of Middle Island, Lake Erie, the cold had become so intense by which all became more or less loaded with ice, together with that floating, that to proceed further was impossible. Before getting them in safe quarters under the lee of the island, one, the Ottawa, sunk in deep water and became a total loss. The Ontario, in the storm, broke loose and is now adrift at the mercy of the elements. The Ritchie is ashore on the island with more or less water in her. The schooner Sargent, barges Morning Star and Warren are anchored there. The crews were all saved. Yesterday morning the steamer Magnet, which was at this port, left to try if possible to get them into port.

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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 1 Dec., 1872