The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Sun., June 21, 1891

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The following interesting story comes from the veracious Saginaw Valley:

"A most interesting sight was witnessed about two miles from Turtle Light* on Tuesday of this week by Capts. Cook, of the steam sandbarge Comrade, and Stevenson, of the Swansea. A black cloud hung over the bay, and from it rain was seen to fall. On the surface of the water there was a rude disturbance. The water became more circumscribed and very much agitated. Suddenly a column of water shot upward from the disturbed water in the bay, funnel shaped, with the smaller end reaching to the bleak cloud above. The cloud took a conical form, and dipped down until it united with the water below.

It had a look of terror and the steamer Swansea put to her best speed to keep away from it, as it was moving pretty rapidly. At length the waterspout broke in twain, and water fell from it with a crash in the bay. It will be remembered that last year a formation of the kind named struck the schooner George C. Finney on Lake Erie and tore out both her masts and ripped up everything on her decks.

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*Probably Turtle Island Lighthouse, near Toledo.
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Sun., June 21, 1891
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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), Sun., June 21, 1891