The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Sep. 29, 1890

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James Piersons, 885 Congress street east, Detroit, master of the steam barge Charles Hebard, writes to the Free Press as follows, under date of Buffalo, September 26. "Some days ago there was, to say the least, an erroneous item put into circulation in the marine items in the paper in regard to the scow Ben Brink being lost, with the probable drowning of all hands, etc. My folks saw the item in question in the Free Press, taken from some other paper. The thing originated with the reporter of a paper in Ashland, Wis., getting a garbled statement from some one that made a mountain out of a mole-hill in regard to the Brink parting her tow line and me not having her in tow. At the time the item was sent to the papers the Brink was in Houghton with only some minor repairs needed. We expected to get her loaded at Pequaming to come down with me this trip, but, as the rest of the tow loaded at Ashland, failed to do so. We were all faring hard at the time, and it was a terrible night. The scow Ben Brink stood it like a hero and came out comparatively all right. We were not far from the Columbian and Comrade at the time of their sad experience. The sea was running as high as I ever saw it on Lake Superior, and the wind blowing a hurricane. I tried to get my boat's head up wind and could not, and had to run from Ontonagon to Keweenaw Point. I sympathize with all interested in the loss of the Comrade, especially with the captain of the Columbian, as I am sure he did all he could to save his consort. It is another sad reminiscence of open-decked boats, deep loaded with iron ore."

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The scow-schooner BEN BRINK (US#31541) has been widely recorded in the Great Lakes literature as a total loss or near-total loss in a storm of September 11, 1890. This article quoting the skipper of the BRINK's tow vessel sets the record straight.
The 317-ton BRINK continued to ply the lakes, her last known registry being out of Duluth in 1914. The COMRADE (US#34132), lost from the tow of the COLUMBIA, went down with all hands west of the Keweenaw.
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Sep. 29, 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), Sep. 29, 1890