The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), June 8, 1891

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A Detailed Story of the Collision

West Superior, June 7. - The steamer Northern Queen arrived at an early hour this morning. Captain Smith says he is in a position to say nothing at present concerning the collision with the schooner Fayette Brown on the up trip, but declares that all published accounts of the disaster seen by him do gross injustice to his boat. E. C. Kreemer, attorney for the North Steamship Company, is here obtaining details of the matter from the boat’s crew. Mr. Kreemer exhibited considerable reluctance in talking about the disaster, but finally spoke as follows: "On June 4, about 2 o’clock in the morning, the steamer Northern Queen, bound from Buffalo to Superior, collided with the schooner Fayette Brown, bound from Portage Entry to Buffalo, striking her a glancing light blow on the port quarter. At the time of the collision the steamer had almost entirely lost headway. She immediately rounded to and steamed toward the Brown and lowered a boat, manned by the mate and four men, who rowed over to the Brown and took from her one man, when she commenced to careen, and in order to prevent the boat from being carried down they pulled away. One of the crew of the Brown jumped into the water, from which he was saved by the Queen’s boat, and the others took to the rigging. The Brown was lost in the fog and the boat returned to the Queen. The latter cruised about trying to find the men who were known to be in the Brown’s rigging. Notwithstanding every effort, and the constant whistling of the Queen, the master was unable to find them until daylight, when they were seen and the boat again sent to them, but before it reached them the boat of the Mills, which was closer to them, and had taken them off. The Queen was uninjured.

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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), June 8, 1891