The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), Aug. 16, 1883

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J. W. Dennis of Buffalo, N. Y., writes as follows to the editor of the Milwaukee Sentinel: I notice in your issue of August 4, that Captain Beffel has just recovered the safe door of the safe that was on the old steamer Superior that was wrecked under the pictured rocks you say in '54 or '56. Now, as I am, or think I am the only survivor of that wreck, I would like to tell you a little about that safe. The steamer went on the pictured rocks the night of the 26th of October, or at 2 o'clock in the morning of the 27th. After the steamer became helpless and was rolling herself to pieces and after the smoke-pipes had gone overboard the first and second clerks got all the money and papers in the safe and worked it out of the office on the main deck and lashed it to a stanchion near the office door. How they got it I can't tell, but they did it. I was trying to get freight overboard and crawled up to the safe and made motions that I wanted the lamp or lantern that one of them held on top of the safe. Instantly two revolvers were pointed at me, and then I knew there was treasure there. I got out of range as soon as I could, and soon after the vessel struck the rocks. The head clerk opened the safe door and as he stooped to put his hand in the safe the boat with its living load went to pieces, and all perished but 16. It is a long story, the horrors of five days without food, with dying and dead strewn around us, with a winter snow storm raging and death staring us in the face is a scene that is just as vivid in my memory after 27 years as it was on that terrible night when I clung for dear life to the wreck under the pictured rocks. I had my feet so badly frozen that the toes are all off, and I am some what of a cripple. Many of the citizens of Milwaukee know me, as I built the first 1,600 feet of the outer breakwall in 1881 and 1882. My residence is 458 south Division street, Buffalo, N.Y. and if any survivors exist I would like to hear from them.

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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), Aug. 16, 1883