The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), June 14, 1890, page 1

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A Lake Captain Charged With Manslaughter on the High Seas.

Milwaukee, Wis., June 13 - Charles Tessler, a fisherman, yesterday swore out a warrant charging Capt. Oertling, of the schooner Fearless, with manslaughter on the high seas. Yesterday morning early, Tessler and Charles Renupford were in their fishing smack, the Seabird, on the lake, seven miles from shore. They were just pulling in their nets when they sighted a schooner bearing down upon them. They blew their horns loudly, but, they allege, the schooner did not change her course. They kept up their signals, and a little later they were hailed from the schooner by a man at the wheel who, it is averred, inquired: "Why don't you get out of the way or blow our horn. I'm going to carry away your boom now." The next instant, it was claimed, the schooner crashed into the little fishing vessel and capsized it. It sunk almost immediately and Renupford was drowned. Tessler clung to a floating fish-box, and the schooner rescued and landed him. The Fearless then continued on her way to Racine.

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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), June 14, 1890, page 1