The scow D.G. WILLIAMS was one of the vessels whose lights were seen on Thursday night, as stated in the Inter Ocean. She was laden with ash lumber for Chicago. On Thursday night she failed in attempting to make the harbor
and went on the breakwater and was dashed to pieces. Her crew had a narrow escape. The vessel was owned by Fitzgerald of Port Huron, was worth about $2,000 and was uninsured. She measured 113 tons and was built at Vicksburg, Michigan. The loss on the vessel and cargo is $7,500.
Detroit Free Press
November 11, 1877 6-3
The scow D.G. WILLIAMS was one of the vessels whose lights were seen on Thursday night, as stated in the Inter-Ocean. She was laden with ash lumber for Chicago. On Thursday night she failed in attempting to make the harbor, and went on the breakwater. Her anchor was dropped, but being on the piles, the captain saw that there was no hope for the vessel, and quickly told the crew that the most that could be hoped for was their own salvation. The men had realized this, but they acted with great presence of mind under the circumstances. The foreboom was thrown over on the breakwater, and one by one the sailors crawled along the spar or dropped on the super-structure. Even then they were not safe, as the sea was washing entirely over it, but crawling along on their hands and knees, and making rapid passages from one pile to another, between seas, they finally worked their way, to a partly protected point, from which they were rescued by the tug BURTON, of the Union Line. They were worn out, drenched to the skin, and disheartened, but they were safe.
The vessel went thumping along the breakwater, and what was left of her was found yesterday morning, at the foot of Twenty-first Street. Here the vessel went to pieces, portions of the debris of the hull and cargo being swept entirely over the piling. An anchor holds what remains of the WILLIAMS, little more than a portion of her forward frames and keel.
The vessel was owned by Fitzgerald, of Port Huron, was worth about $3,000, and was uninsured. She measured 118 tons, and was built at Vicksburg, Mich. The loss on vessel and cargo is about $7,500.
November 12, 1877
Scow DAVID G. WILLIAMS. U. S. No. 35436. Of 117 tons gross. Built Marysville, Mich., 1874
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