The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Sault News Record (Sault Sainte Marie, MI), May 18, 1901

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West Superior May 17

C.E. Dickson who was head waiter on the steamer Bon Voyage which burned at Houghton a few days ago, has arrived in the city and tells an interesting tale of the burning of the boat. He tells a particulary interesting story of the loss of the Altmans, and is well able to do so from the fact that he was much with them during the greater part of the time that the boat was burning.

Dickson was in the dining room at the time the fire broke out and first learned it through the Altmans, who came rushing into the dining room having been frightened through the actions of the traveling man who has been stirring up a good deal of trouble and discussion since the affair took place. With the aid of a companion Dickson managed to get the Altmans out of the promenade and started them forward. In the melee however, Mrs. Altman slid down a fender clear into the water and there was no possible way of catching her or stopping her wild act.

The rest of the family was not near the guard, but when the boat first struck ground two of them were lost, the grand-mother and the second girl being shaken off the boat into the water, Dickson then began looking out for himself in a certain measure and with a life preserver, swam to shore. He charges that the traveling man who claimed to be a book agent refused a woman permission to grasp his large plank for a moment to fix her life preserver. It is claimed that this plank would support three or more, but that the man refused to let any one on it.

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Sault News Record (Sault Sainte Marie, MI), May 18, 1901