Detroit Daily Advertiser (Detroit, MI), June 17, 1859
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VESSEL STRUCK BY LIGHTNING - The scow Sea Star was struck by lightning at half past two this morning near Grosse Point. The foretopmast was carried away, and the foremast very badly shivered, one bolt passing into the center of the mast, traversing almost its entire length and coming out just above deck; another took off some large splinters on its way down, and tore up the deck at the foot of the mast. The lightning then passed down a stovepipe into the cabin, and struck one of the crew who sat near, burning him severely and knocking him senseless. Another man was laying in a bunk with a bucket of oakum at his head, which was set on fire by the lightning. The man jumped up and started for the hatchway with the blazing oakum, but in the dark let it fall upon the man who was first struck, which had the effect of bringing him too. He then attempted to get on deck, and found that his left side was paralyzed, but he at length succeeded in getting upon deck and on top of a pile of lumber with which the vessel was loaded. The man at the helm was also knocked down, and a man on deck near the bow was thrown rather roughly against the side of the vessel, but neither of the latter were injured. The lightning, after indulging in these freaks, passed out at the bow. The man who was struck has entirely recovered the use of his limbs, but is burnt severely in two or three places. - Chicago Press and Tribune, 16th.
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- Lightning strikes of sail vessels on the lakes were fairly common, with several a year being reported. Most ships just suffered the "shivering" (i.e. splintering) of a mast, but a few strikes - like this one - had somewhat bizarre effects.
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- June 17, 1859
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- Dave Swayze
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- Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
Maritime History of the Great Lakes