The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), April 25, 1890

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Minorville, Wis., Apr. 24. - Knapp & Dixon's dredge, of Racine, foundered off Kewaunee last night while being towed from South Chicago to Gladstone. The dredge and three dump scows were being towed by the tugs Goldsmith and Knapp. They encountered the heavy northeaster when about five miles this side of Two River Point, and the sea made so rapidly that it was unsafe to run back to Two Rivers for shelter, as it was thought that if the dredge should get into the trough of the sea she would fill and sink. The wind increased until it attained the velocity of a gale, and when about four miles from Kewaunee, the dredge, which was now nearly submerged by the sea which was constantly breaking over the entire length of her decks, foundered, going down in five fathoms of water. The crew of seven made their escape in a yawl and were picked up by the tug. The Knapp, with the three dumps in tow, neared Kewaunee harbor, when the tow line parted and the scows were driven on the beach and may also prove a total loss. The whole upper cabin of the dredge was carried away during the night. The total loss will amount to about $25,000.

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Towing a dredge in a storm, it is said, is "like pushing a chain up the mast." This loss is one of a couple dozen large dredges lost on the lakes.
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April 25, 1890
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Dave Swayze
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), April 25, 1890