The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Sat., 3 Nov, 1888

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So long as the big steamboats lying in the river will violate the ordinance prohibiting the working of propeller wheels in the river, so long will accidents continue. It is a positive wonder that crash at Randolph street early yesterday evening was not attended with loss of life. The propeller New York, of the Union Steamboat Company, was loading at Washington street at 7:50 o'clock last night. Her nose was pointed to the south, while at the other extreme of the vessel her big screw was whirling about at a rapid gait, straining her heavy hawsers to their utmost tension and creating a current which could be felt at the forks below Lake street. The V. O. T. Major Ferry, with the schooner Bertie Calkins in tow, came through Madison street, bound out. Naturally enough, as soon as the schooner got within play of the New York's wheel the tug could no longer handle her. The schooner was carried away beyond all control of the Ferry, and full down upon the Randolph street bridge she darted. Head on, and with a momentum that might have carried her a mile, she crashed into the west abutment. The approach was crowded with men, women and children, and but for the timely cry of warning from a level-headed bridge tender, there would have been many broken legs and maimed bodies. The abutment for twenty feet, including the electric light posts, was torn up and scattered to the winds. The schooner's damage was slight. - (Chicago Inter-Ocean.

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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Sat., 3 Nov, 1888