The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), Oct. 18, 1877

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Loss of the Schooner Nettie Weaver and Part of her Crew
Interesting Narrative of one the Survivors
He Seeks Aid to Reach His Home in Cheboygan

Among the many applicants for aid at the Mayor's office yesterday was one who told an interesting and evidently true story of shipwreck in the Straits of Mackinaw. The old man gave him name as Lewis Dimler, and to a reporter of the Post and Tribune stated that he was a resident of Cheboygan, Michigan. He said that on the 3rd inst. the schooner Nettie Weaver, bound from Escanaba to Cleveland, and loaded with iron ore, put in to Cheboygan, being short of sailors. Being out of work he shipped in her with the understanding that he was to receive $2 per day salary and $5 upon his arrival in Cleveland to pay his fare home.

The Nettie Weaver left Cheboygan on the night of the 3rd inst., and all went well until about 4 o'clock on the afternoon of the following day, when the vessel was struck by a squall and almost immediately begun to sink. Those on board took to the yawl and succeeded in getting off, with the exception of one sailor and a passenger, who went down with the schooner.

Dimler says that the wind was blowing hard and the waves running high at the time, and their boat would certainly have been swamped had they not made fast to the ship's ice-box, which had floated off from the deck as the vessel went down, and which served them as a buoy.

When the storm subsided the crew directed their course toward shore and effected a landing at Kincardine. Here they were provided with transportation over the Great Western Road to Port Stanley and thence to Cleveland. Dimler was compelled to wait a week for his pay, so that when he did receive it, and had paid his board, he was strapped. He was unable to secure work in Cleveland, so he begged passage to this city on the Saginaw.

Dimler wanted the Mayor to provide him with the means to go to Cheboygan, and the latter turned him over to the director of the poor. He readily won the sympathy of the deputy John Martin, who procured him his dinner, and later in the day obtained sufficient fund from the county auditor to defray his expenses home. The old man left for Cheboygan last evening, proud of his experience among "moving accidents by flood and field."

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Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), Oct. 18, 1877