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

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South Haven, October 3. - [Special.] - The schooner City of Green Bay, a three master, bound down the lake loaded with iron ore, sprung a leak off Saugatuck last night. The Captain attempted to keep her afloat until the heavy sea subsided and lay off shore here. At 4 o'clock this morning the cargo in the hold was covered with five feet of water and he found it impossible to save the boat. Both anchors were dropped and the boat beached two miles southwest of the pier within a hundred yards of the shore to save the lives of the crew.

The life-saving crew went to the rescue, but failed to get near enough to be of service owing to the rotten ropes and equipage taken. Lines were thrown over the boat but would break, and although the shore was lined with people they could do nothing. The crew were in the rigging and were frequently washed own [sic], but could get nothing on which to float to shore. They made signs for help, but the spectators' eyes only filled with tears to see them in the perilous condition.

One man of the crew told the others to get a piece of the deck and float to shore, but they heeded not, and he jumped and caught it. He was the only one saved of the crew of seven. He does not know even the name of the captain or any of the lost, nor does he know the destination of the boat.

Had the life-saving crew taken out on the first trip strong equipage people here say the crew could have been saved; also the boat.

Capt. Cross, of the life-saving crew, had three ribs broken by being thrown against the side of the boat.

Another vessel was blown on the beach one and a half miles north of the pier to-night and the sea is running higher than ever. The wind is a perfect gale.

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