Shortly after 2 o'clock Friday morning, when in about the middle of the lake, the brig EXPRESS, light and bound for an east shore port, was run into by the steamer JOHN A. DIX bound from Ludington to Milwaukee, and sunk. The weather was very foggy at the time, and lights could neither be seen or distinguished. The DIX, not knowing what damage she had done, waited in the vicinity for upwards of an hour, but hearing nothing, and thinking that the vessel had gone on her way, the DIX proceeded on her journey. Last night she arrived in Milwaukee, and reported that she had been in collision with an unknown two masted, top-gallant schooner in mid lake, and had six feet of her stern carried away close up to the plank ends; that it was foggy at the time, and the schooner's injuries were not known. During the night, however, Captain O'Grady, of the EXPRESS, telegraphed from Cedar Grove, Sheboygan County, Wis., to the effect that he had just arrived there with his crew in a small boat, and that the brig was a total loss, going down in deep water immediately after she was struck. No lives were lost. The matter is to be thoroughly investigated by the government, in order that the blame may be saddled on the right parties. The EXPRESS left Chicago Thursday afternoon for the east shore for a load of lumber. She measured 244 tons burden.
April 22, 1878
Steam paddle JOHN A. DIX. U. S. No. 75440. Of 529.61 tons gross; 310.35 tons net. Built Tonawanda, N.Y. 1865. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 172.8 x 27.6 x 10.9 Of 300 Nominal horse power.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891