The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 5 Jul, 1895

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It may not be generally known that the submerged copper thrown from the Centurion off Isle Royale, had to be guarded all winter by armed men. Capt. Tuttle, who had the matter in charge, was about to place one man on the spot, but he was assured that one man would stand no chance there, so he put on two. The place is about thirty miles from any habitation and it is said that when the relief expedition that went up there this spring found about the most tickled brace of watchmen that the country could produce. They had not seen a soul the whole time and their supplies were about gone. The copper was down less than thirty feet, and in the clear water of Lake Superior it was in plain sight from the top of the water. The rich deposit came near being carried off by a piratical expedition that was sent out from Duluth, but the underwriters got wind of the freebooters and sent an armed tug under government orders to the spot and drove them off. About 240 tons of the copper was saved last fall before the stormy weather set in. It is thought that Capt. Inman made about $5,000 out of the job.

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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 5 Jul, 1895