The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), June 5, 1883

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Toledo Telegram: William Ash, only 18 years of age, had a remarkable experience on Lake Huron during the recent disastrous gale. He shipped from this port on the schooner H. C. Sprague, and on the 20th inst., when off Port Sanilac, the captain called for some one to go save the life-boat, thinking the vessel must go down. The life-boat was launched and the crew saved by young Ash, who was washed into the waves and drowned, as supposed at the time. He, however, caught hold of some boards and floated to shore, ten miles distant; the long night seeming an age. He found shelter, and the next day started on foot for Port Huron, reaching there just as a vessel, which proved to be the Sprague, was setting sail, and was soon aboard amid joy easier imagined than described.

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Ash was apparently an extremely hardy young soul, setting out after spending a wild night drifting in the lake in a gale and hiking to Port Huron - a distance of 30 miles!
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June 5, 1883
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), June 5, 1883