Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), Tues., March 16, 1880
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LOSS OF THE TUG LAMONT ON LAKE MICHIGAN
The Craft Founders and All on Board are Lost
Pentwater, March 15. - The principal facts relative to the loss of the tug Lamont remain as first stated, , but are modified somewhat by fuller details. It is now claimed that the principal object of the trip to Ludington on the part of the Gem was to take a pattern to the iron works in that city, and the Lamont was to have remained there to have legs put under the boiler. On the other hand it is not disputed that a bet of $25 was offered by Capt. Lamont on Saturday that the tug Lamont could leave the wire at the Pentwater ferry, turn under the wire at Ludington ferry and return to the starting point ahead of the Gem. The engineer of the Gem took the bet, $10 was put up by each as a forfeit, and the remainder put up by them on Sunday morning. The sea was running high when the church bell rang the hour of 9, and the captain of the Gem says he tried to persuade Capt. Lamont not to go out, and in return was taunted as "a coward," and his tug as "an old pepper box." Further words only drew forth the reply, "if you can go, I can." It appears that the captain of the Gem would not be bluffed, and the tugs started off, turning back to start again on account of the Gem taking the lead when crossing the wire. The second time the signal was given the tugs passed the wire together, but the Lamont fell back as the mouth of the channel was reached and the Gem went out into Lake Michigan ahead. Seeing that the rival tug outlived the heavy sea Capt. Lamont followed, and, although it seemed at first that his tug must inevitably be swamped, after a time apprehensions ceased and the crowd on the piers dispersed. The captain of the Gem says that the Lamont turned back after running a mile and a half and the engineer blew the whistle of the Gem twice. The Lamont then headed for Ludington again, but after a while turned back again and was lost to sight. When last seen by those on the Gem she showed no signs of distress. No one lives to tell more. It is said that Capt. Lamont was somewhat under the influence of liquor when he first offered the challenge, and in his sober moments would not go back on what he then said. The loss of his son George, a fine, manly lad of 13, is greatly deplored, while it is felt that Capt. Lamont and (engineer) Palmer Hill were more directly responsible for their deeds and have paid the penalty of rashness with their lives. The Lamont lost during the night of Sunday and has righted, but the sea is yet too high to permit any one to reach her. No bodies have yet been found. All are given up as lost. The crew consisted of Capt. Lamont, his son George, 13 years of age, and Palmer Hill. Capt. Lamont leaves a large family and Palmer Hill a wife.
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- Dave Swayze
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