The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 4 Oct. 1887, page 1

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Buffalo, October 3. - [Special].] - The storm which set in shortly before 7 o'clock this morning has been the most severe one of the season. The wind reached fifty-two miles an hour several times between 7 a.m. and noon, and blew at a rate of forty-five miles steady since the storm commenced. At 3 o'clock the gale was at its hight, [sic] recording a velocity of sixty miles an hour. A few vessels started out last night and this morning, but all returned as it was impossible to make any headway.

The propeller D. F. Rose, with the barges Marine City, Boscobel and Antelope, dropped the first two vessels back of the breakwater and attempted to take the Antelope to Tonawanda. This was a risky undertaking, and after laboring hard for about three hours, during which her deck load was washed overboard, she came into this port badly listed. The Antelope was towed in by a tug minus part of her cargo, and the Marine City's deck load was washed off.

The captain of the Missouri reported that his steamer parted from the C. L. Hutchinson and Golden Rule off Point au Pelee. The Golden Rule was towed in this afternoon, but the Hutchinson is still anchored at Point Abino, and the tugs are unable to get a line to her owing to the heavy sea.

Tugs found it almost impossible to get boats outside this afternoon. By a shift of the seas at 1 o'clock, while the tug Edward Fiske was out, heaved for Windmill Point to the assistance of the Hutchinson, the pilot house of the tug was badly damaged. The windows were all broken and Capt. James Doyle was slightly injured by broken glass.

No serious disasters are reported, and as the day was clear none are likely to be unless the wind, which at this hour, should freshen. The lull was accompanied by a rain shower and heavy clouds to south southwest. Along the front the railway tracks were held down by loaded freight cars and the water made sad havoc among the shanties on the island.

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Robert C. Myers
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 4 Oct. 1887, page 1