The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Sault News Record (Sault Sainte Marie, MI), Oct. 30, 1901

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The wreck of the barge Montgomery, which occurred last week off station 10 above Whitefish Point, ends the career of one of the most notable vessels on the lakes. The Montgomery was one of the earliest of lake craft. She was built in 1856 by John Bushnell at Newport Mich. (now Marine City), for Eber B. Ward. The Ward family, brilliant, but erratic was one of the most enterprising of the lakes and had much to do with the development of shipbuilding and iron making in the early days. The timber from which the Montgomery was built was practically felled at the ways. The vessel was originally a propeller, and was named after Robert Montgomery, a personal friend of Eber B. Ward. She plied between Sarnia and upper lake ports and Chicago in the package freight business until 1878, when she was burned at the Point Edward dock, left her moorings, and floated down the river. Capt. Cyrus Sinclair (not the general manager of the Great Lakes towing company) went after her with the tug Crusader and succeeded in saving was left of her. The hull was afterwards taken to Port Huron and made into a lumber barge. She pursued a fairly prosperous career until 1898, when she was sunk in collision with one of the Minnesota Iron Company’s steamers in Lake St. Clair. She was raised and repaired and again entered the lumber trade to meet her present end. The Montgomery was one of the remnant remaining of the fleet which sprang into existence immediately after the completion of the first Sault Ste. Marie canal in 1855 though she never directly entered the trade for which Lake Superior is famous.

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Sault News Record (Sault Sainte Marie, MI), Oct. 30, 1901