The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Inter Ocean (Propeller), aground, 29 Oct 1891

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Chicago Lake Interests - Capt. Robinson of the steamer INTER OCEAN wasn't particularly happy when he got around town Monday evening. He wasn't very frank in telling how his boat got ashore, about four miles south of the harbor entrance about 1 o'clock that morning. Perhap there was not much of a story to tell. He sailed along up the lake until he thought he was off the harbor entrance. He then turned west and started to come inside. He fetched up on the reef at the foot of Forty-third street. As soon as he struck he let go of the tow line of the barge ANNIE VOUGHT, which cared for herself and did not strike. It was foggy at the time, and the wind was blowing the city's smoke directly out on the lake. People who have never tried getting into Chicago harbor through the great clouds of smoke that are sometimes wafted over the lake may think Capt. Robinson did a very foolish thing, but as a matter of fact it was as easy a job to miss the harbor as a man would want. It was very lucky for the old-time INTER OCEAN that she was released from that reef as soon as she was. A strong northwest gale set in about an hour before she was pulled off, and two hours longer would have settled her fate. She was saved, too, by the gale. The water rose a foot before the wind really began to howl, and that made a release much easier.
      The Marine Review
      October 29, 1891

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Got off
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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Inter Ocean (Propeller), aground, 29 Oct 1891