The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), December 15, 1879

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Pumping grain, dirt and water out of a vessel's hold is a common occurrence, but pumping rats is an unheard of thing; yet it is asserted this feat has recently been witnessed. Capt. Swain of the tug Winslow tells the story. It occurred on the schooner Delos De Wolf when the schooner, in tow of the Winslow, was off Thunder Bay, bound down. A miniature gale was blowing and the vessel rolling heavily. It was necessary to keep the double lever hand pump working in order to keep the vessel free from water. Suddenly out came a huge rat from the spout of the pump. He scampered off, but was quickly followed by another, and another, and perhaps they could have kept on coming had the men continued pumping. But the sight was so unusual they could not keep on; their wonder and astonishment was so great they were compelled to stop, and then the rats stopped. Capt. Swain says this is not a fish yarn, but the truth, and he can bring men who will testify to that effect. The De Wolf was towed to Cleveland by the Winslow. Her cargo of pig iron is consigned to parties at that port, and when out the vessel will be laid up.

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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), December 15, 1879