The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Joseph Saturday Herald (St. Joseph, MI), 18 June 1892

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The Saugatuck steamers seem to be doing a good business this season in sinking boats on Lake Michigan. On Sunday night the Douglas and A. E. Wild came together with a terrific crash eighteen miles off Milwaukee, in a dense fog, and the Wild went to the bottom of the lake within three minutes, her crew being taken off in safety by the Douglas which reached Milwaukee the next morning. The Wild left Chicago Sunday without cargo for Escanaba, Mich., and the Douglas was on the way from Milwaukee to Saugatuck. Both were going at full speed, notwithstanding the heavy fog which hung over this part of Lake Michigan for thirty-six hours. The first they saw of each other was when they were only a few hundred feet apart, and then it was too late to avoid a collision. The sunk boat was owned by A. E. Wild, who also sailed her. She was valued at $25,000, and was insured for $18,000.

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The "A. E. Wild" was the Alice E. Wilde.
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18 June 1892
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Robert C. Myers
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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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St. Joseph Saturday Herald (St. Joseph, MI), 18 June 1892