The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), July 10, 1894

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A Raftsman Walked the Tow-Line

A rather unusual diversion was enjoyed yesterday by the people on the boats and along the docks. The Grummond tug Crusader, Capt. James Canniff, passed down about 2 o'clock, towing a large raft of telegraph poles for W. C. Sterling, from Au Gres to Monroe. As the tow passed the city, the head raftsman, John Clookey, gave an extraordinary performance by walking the towline, about 1,000 feet in length, from the raft to the tug, varying the performance by sitting and lying down on the rope, after the manner of professional ropewalkers. The middle of the rope was under water and a considerable sea rolling, but he stuck to it all right and as the tow passed the lower part of the city he made the return trip. The feat was witnessed by many hundreds of people and the general verdict was that it far exceeded any feat of ropewalking that has ever been seen here. While he was walking the line past Port Huron, the tug suddenly changed her course, slacking the rope and letting him fall into the strong current, but he soon caught the line and held on until the lifeboat came and picked him up.

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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), July 10, 1894