The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Jun 22, 1872

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LOSS OF THE JAMAICA AND ONE LIFE. - The circumstances attending the loss of this vessel were so unusual that we give the following statement of Capt. David Bothwell, who arrived here yesterday noon: The vessel sailed from Milwaukee on the 15th instant, with a cargo of eighteen thousand bushels of wheat, for Oswego. Fine weather, with light and variable winds, prevailed until Lake Huron was reached, and up to the moment of the accident there were not the slightest indications of a tornado at hand. Shortly after dinner, while all of the crew were on deck, except one who had not quite finished his meal, the vessel was struck aloft by a sort of whirlwind, which instantly capsized her. The crew clung to the side of the vessel until a boat from shore came to their rescue. The most painful part of the incident was the drowning of the cook, Eliza Weatherhead, aged fifty-four, who was unable to get out upon deck before the cabin filled with water. She was a widow from Hannibal, Oswego County, New York, where she had friends and two children. The Jamaica came out in 1867, was 316 tons burden, and is owned by M. M. Wheeler, of Oswego.

The boat was abandoned as a total loss the next day, but was recovered by Coast Wrecking Company early in July. She was lost for good on Lake Michigan in August, 1885.

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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Jun 22, 1872