The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Sat., Dec. 7, 1850

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We are indebted to A. P. Dobbins* of the propeller Troy, for the following account of his passage from Chicago. It will be seen that the vessels above here had an uncommonly rough time:

Left Chicago Friday, Nov. 29th. Vessels in port not laid up; Brigs Alleghany, Patrick Henry and Globe, schooner Mount Vernon. Met propeller California near Southport. Nov. 30 in Milwaukee - Brig Preble in port, not laid up. Left Port Washington Dec. 1st. Saw schooner Emeline Leonard, sunk off Manitou, wind very fresh from eastward and snowing very hard. Dec. 2d - At Beaver Harbor, gale continued, found Propeller Ohio and steamboat Lexington ashore in the bay and schooner Yankee on head of island. Tried to pull the Ohio off but failed. Captains Whitaker and Gardner on board Lexington; they reported the Patchin ashore in a new berth on Skillagalee, after being pumped out with a steam pump, going to pieces fast; abandoned her; gale continuing, could not go to her. Dec. 3d - Under lee of Mackinaw - blowing very hard from E. S. E. - cold and snowing hard, found the wharves nearly destroyed by the sea, and the wreck of the brig Gale getting foul of them. Schooner Columbia had dragged ashore, sprung a leak and discharged cargo, abandoned by crew, and in charge of Wm. Scott, who takes her to the Snows for winter quarters. Light ship and Schooner Madaline ashore, badly damaged. Brig Constellation ran ashore without anchors, slightly damaged. Schooner Marinda badly damaged while riding at anchor, against the wharf, Brig Henry Clay ashore in south passage - abandoned, crew came down passengers on the Troy. Dec. 4th - False Presqueisle - found Schooner Buena Vista ashore, crew came down passengers on the Troy. Dec. 5th - in the River - Brig C. F. Clarke, in the Rapids bound up - Schooners Ward and Excelsior, in tow, bound up.

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* Probably a typo - the skipper of the TROY at this time was the famous David P. Dobbins, who was also part owner of the boat.
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Sat., Dec. 7, 1850
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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), Sat., Dec. 7, 1850