The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Jun 12, 1869

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HARD LUCK. - The Marquette Mining Journal says: The propeller St. Paul, though a fine-looking and well-appointed boat , has thus far had a streak of bad luck that, as A. Ward* would say, has been "ekaled by few and excelled by none." On her first trip to Lake Superior last fall, a boiler on her main deck broke loose from its lashings and went overboard near the Huron Islands, after breaking a hole through her side; this spring she got stuck in the mud in the river, and, after a day or two of hard pulling succeeded in getting off, but broke the buckets off her wheel in doing so; and now, on her third trip, just as she arrived at the smelting works' dock, the key holding her wheel to the shaft came out, leaving her powerless to move. The accident was partially repaired on Sunday night. This will be the third and last accident! Capt. H. S. Thompson had retired from the command, and is succeeded by Capt. John McKay, who will do his best to prevent a recurrence of such provoking mishaps.

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*A. Ward - Probably refers to Artemus Ward, a popular satirist of the time. "Artemus Ward" was the pen name of Ohioan Charles Farrar Browne, journalist and writer. Ward wrote in an exaggerated American dialect and was the literary precursor and possible inspiration for Mark Twain.

The change of skippers must have changed her luck. The St. PAUL (US#23755) lasted until 1903, when, as the steamer PFOHL, she burned off Goderich, Ont., Lake Huron.
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Jun 12, 1869
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Jun 12, 1869