The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Ida H. Bloom (Scow), waterlogged, 1 Aug 1868

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THE SCOW 'IDA H. BLOOM' -- The Milwaukee Sentinal of Saturday has the following: - "The scow DAN SICKLES arrived here about 8 o'clock Thursday evening and reported that she had met the scow IDA H. BLOOM, in a water-logged condition about 20 miles E by S of Milwaukee. Her small boat was gone, and her deck load of lumber washed overboard. The only comfortable spot on the vessel appeared to be the roof of the cabin, upon which two men, apparently the only persons on board, were standing.
      As soon as Captain Reese discovered the condition of the BLOOM he bore down on her, and hailing the men and offered to take them off, they refused to abandon the vessel, however, but asked the Captain to send a tug to her assistance from Milwaukee. On his arrival here Captain Reese reported the case, and at an early hour the tug GEO. W. TIFFT started out to search for the unfortunate craft. She was successful in her mission, and returned in the afternoon with the BLOOM in tow. The two men on board were found to be all right having suffered no inconvenience, except from hunger. They were Henry Clydesdale the Captain and Theodore Thompson, Mate, both owners of the scow.
Captain Clydeadale informs us that three of his crew, Fred Peterson, Nicholas Thompson and John Christian, were taken on board the schooner ATALANTA, bound from Menominee to Chicago with lumber, at an early hour Thursday morning, they used the scow's yawl to reach the schooner, but no effort was made to return it, and Captain C, and his Mate were
consequently left without any means of escape in case their unmanageable craft had capsized. This oversight on the part of their wouldbe rescuers did not discourage them, and they resolved to brave it through, which they did for 24 hours longer, when the tug TIFFT came to their assistance. The BLOOM sprang a leak shortly after leaving White Lake for Chicago on Wednesday evening.
      Chicago Tribune
      Monday, August 24, 1868

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Reason: waterlogged
Lives: nil
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.68473 Longitude: -86.53036
William R. McNeil
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Ida H. Bloom (Scow), waterlogged, 1 Aug 1868