The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
David Dows (Schooner), aground, 1 Jul 1881

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Amherstburg, July 18. -- At noon on Sunday the schooner DAVID DOWS was released from her perilous position on the Lime Kilns Crossing. A heavy anchor with seventy-five fathoms of chain had been securely fastened in the rocky bottom above the DOWS, and as the tug PARKER pulled her bow up stream against the current, every inch was taken in on the chain. meantime Dunbar's little tug SALTY JACK held the DOWS stern from swinging down with the current. By working in this way the DOWS was floated, and was then taken to Duff & Gatfield's wharf where the 150 tons of coal taken off her by the lighter RACINE were reloaded.
      The DOWS left this morning in tow of the PARKER which tug will take her to Lake Huron. Capt. Skelton, of the DOWS, is of the opinion that the schooner did not touch bottom till after the line parted, which he says, was caused by the GRAVES checking down and the starting up again too suddenly.
      Cleveland herald
      July 20, 1881

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Got off
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.12588 Longitude: -83.13215
William R. McNeil
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David Dows (Schooner), aground, 1 Jul 1881