In the great storm of Thursday last, the bark GREAT WEST which left Caseville with a cargo of 262,000 feet of lumber for Chicago lost her deck load on Lake Michigan, bacame waterlogged and finally went ashore on Saturday on a raft off Hyde Park. The crew were all saved.
Port Huron Daily Times
Tuesday, November 13, 1877
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The bark GREAT WEST left Caseville with a cargo of 262,000 feet of lumber, shipped by F. Crawford, and consigned to Johnson & Gibbs, of Chicago. In the storm of Thursday a great sea swept her decks, spring the hull and carrying the chain against the pump with fearful force, smashing it, and carrying everything movable overboard. From this time the vessel leaked freely. One by one the sails were split or blown away, and the vessel became almost helpless, the water in her hold gained rapidly, and toward night she waterlogged. The deck load was thrown overboard to steady her. In this condition she drifted to between 5 and 6 o'clock Saturday afternoon, when, being very deep, she grounded on a reef off Hyde Park. Crew saved. Captain Nelson and party, attempting to come ashore, drifted sixteen miles out into the lake, and had almost given up hope. "They prayed steadfastly to God, though," the Captain said, "and their prayers were heard."
November 14, 1877