The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Oct. 17, 1894

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Capt. Pope May Bring Suit

An item appeared in the papers on October 7 and 8 to the effect that the Canadian government would receive tenders for removing the wreck of the schooner R. J. Gibbs, which was sunk two and a half miles southeast of the dummy light in Lake Erie, May 23, 1893. The Canadian authorities say and it was stated in the item that Capt. H. H. Pope, of New Baltimore, never made any attempt to remove the wreck. Capt. Pope says he went with a wrecker for that purpose, and on arrival found that the customs officer at Amherstburg had sent the tug Home Rule and completely stripped the schooner and that the tug had attached a line to her side and had pulled so much of her side away that it was impossible to do anything toward raising her. He employed attorneys at one time to bring suit against the Canadian government for the damage, but found that it would be so expensive that he let it rest. He says further that there is great doubt about the wreck being in Canadian waters, and should a survey develop such a fact he would make it hot for somebody on that side.

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The the old (1855) three-master GIBBS foundered at anchor while riding out a storm off Bar Point and her wreck lay in only 30 feet of water, directly in the shipping channel to Pt. Pelee. The Dominion government eventually did have the boat removed, but Capt. Pope was relieved of any liability.
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Oct. 17, 1894
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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), Oct. 17, 1894