The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Post (Detroit, MI), Nov. 25, 1874

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A CAPTAIN TOWED - During the gale of last Saturday night Capt. A. H. Watrous was bringing the scow Clara into the bay, and while rounding Sturgeon Point attempted to shift the boom, when a block gave way, the boom flew back, striking Capt. Watrous in the mouth and knocking him overboard. The blow from the boom was a heavy one, knocking out his teeth, badly cutting his face and stunning him. As he went over the side of the boat he got tangled in a coil of rope that went overboard with him, and when he recovered from the blow he found himself hanging around the rope, which was fast paying out through his arms. He managed to fasten his leg to the rope, and by that means was towed until the scow, which was now unmanageable and going before the gale at a fearful rate, could be brought to by the sailors. The captain thinks he was towed nearly half a mile before he could be rescued. But he was taken in and arrived with his boat safely in port. - Alpena Argus.

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Detroit Post (Detroit, MI), Nov. 25, 1874