The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Post (Detroit, MI), October 29, 1884

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The schooner Grace Murray is aground at the flats and the tug Phoenix has gone to release her.

Cash P. Taylor was asked the cause of so many boats grounding at that place. He said, "It is just so every year. You see, one of these big fellows accidentally runs his keel in an unfortunate place, and then by endeavoring to work himself off, churns up the water to such an extent that it throws up what we call doughnuts - little mounds of mud. When she does manage to get off or is extricated by a tug, the hillocks still remain. Another boat comes ploughing along and if she strikes it squarely in the middle will quash it and run over it all right, but if she hits one side of it and is sheared off she will run right up on it. Perhaps that mound will be cleared away but still another is formed and another craft grounds on that one, and so on; until finally in some way it is all cleared off without mishap."

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Taylor was deputy collector of customs at Detroit.
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October 29, 1884
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Post (Detroit, MI), October 29, 1884