The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Tue, 16 July, 1901

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Capt. John Dorrington, of this city, claims to have the most intelligent schooner on fresh water. He says that the old Maria Martin has been out so long, has been under all sorts and conditions of masters, and has so thoroughly mastered the rules of navigation that she can almost navigate herself.

Without a jest, though, the Maria Martin has been a fortunate boat. She has been through all sorts of scrapes and where almost any other boat would under similar conditions come to grief, she has come off without a scratch. Her owner, Capt. Dorrington, says that the last escapade of the Maria Martin was almost miraculous. A week ago last Friday during the blow which struck Detroit, the boat broke her moorings near the dry dock, floated out into the river, and went down to Fourteenth Street, where she brought up against the dock and remained. It is said that the landing was as neat a job as though there was a full crew aboard, when as a matter of fact there was not a soul around.

"She didn't even scratch her paint," said Capt. Dorrington, in telling about the trip of the schooner. This, however, is a joke from the headwaters of humor. The fact of the matter is that the Maria Martin would not know how to act if she was rubbed down with a paint brush. She has been a stranger to such treatment for so long that to give it to her now would be disconcerting.

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Unpainted or not, the MARTIN had a long career, coming out as a bark in 1866 from Quayle & Martin's shipyard, Cleveland, and lasting five more years from this point, when she was destroyed in a remarkably similar accident.
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Tue, 16 July, 1901
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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.
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Tue, 16 July, 1901