The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Jul 1856

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p.2 The Detroit Advertiser gives some further particulars of the recovery of the safe from the wreck of the steamer Atlantic at the bottom of Lake Erie. The steamer was lost off Long Point, in 1853, and a large number of passengers were lost. The diver was protected by copper armor, and was under water forty minutes, during which time he had some strange adventures. The upper deck of the steamer lies 160 feet underwater, and far below where there is any current or motion. Everything is therefore exactly as it first went down. When the diver alighted upon the deck, he was saluted by a beautiful lady, whose clothing was well arranged, and her hair elegantly dressed. As he approached her the water caused an oscillation of her head as it gracefully bowed to him. She was standing erect, with one hand grasping the rigging. Around lay the bodies of several others as if asleep. Children holding their friends by the hands, and mothers with babies in their arms were there. In the cabin the furniture was still untouched by decay, and to all appearance had just been arranged by some tasteful hand. In the office he found the Safe and was enabled to move it with ease, and took it upon deck where the grappling irons were fastened on and the prize brought safely to light.

Imports - July 7th - Schr. Ayr, Chicago, 15,966 bushels wheat, Walker & Berry; 27 bales broom corn, T. Drummond & Co.

Str. Reindeer, Montreal, (gen. cargo).

Str. Bay State, Oswego, (gen. cargo).

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Jul 1856