The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), Mon., Oct. 22, 1877

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The Chicago papers of Saturday summarize the results of Friday's storm as follows:

Steamers that did not leave were the Chicago, Alpena, Menominee, Riverside, Scotia, Empire State, etc. Quite a large fleet of in-bound vessels arrived, those from below and from the straits being the Red Wing, Richard Winslow, Erastus Corning, Elizabeth Jones, Pensaukee, Golden Rule, Lake Forest, Vanderbilt, Red, White and Blue, Levi Rawson, D. A. Vanvalkenburg, S. T. Atwater, Hattie Wells, Melvina, St. Andrew, Winona, E. M. Davidson, Fleetwing, Duncan City, Acorn, Monticello, C. Raab, Lady McDonald, Shenandoah, Mystic Star, Guiding Star, Bangalore, Bolivia, M. J. Cummings, O. M. Bond, and W. I. Preston.

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. . . a pair of vessels were lying a short distance down the lake, one of them with a flag of distress flying. They had been at anchor most of Thursday night and all the morning yesterday. Tugs were sent out in the afternoon which brought them in. The craft with the flag flying proved to be the William I. Preston. The other was the schooner Winona. The Preston was docked at Detroit, and has made a very long passage of it. Passing in, all that could be seen the matter with her was the loss of a cathead and some slight damage to her stern. Whether leaking or not is not known. The Winona, we believe, has been ashore at the foot of the lake.

The propeller Colin became disabled off Grosse Point by the loss of her rudder. Tugs went to her and brought her in.

The schooners Monticello, Davidson and Vanderbilt are minus canvas. The schooner Shandon's foresail is torn. Among the lumber fleet there is also considerable canvas missing, and several lost portions of their deck loads.

The disaster to the Lake Forest has already been announced. She arrived yesterday leaking, with extra men on board to attend to the pumps. It will be remembered that, beside the damage to the vessel, one of the seamen was killed and another injured.

The C. G. Mixer, some time overdue, had not yet arrived.

The outboard coupling of the shaft of the propeller Scotia is loose, and in consequence of the heavy weather she did not go out night before last.

The schooner Conquest, caught in the gale, had some damage done to her sails, and a portion of her deck load of lumber swept away.

Capt. Moore, of the schooner City of the Straits, did not run back yesterday to avoid the storm, as stated in some of the papers. He remained in port.

The steamer Mary Groh ran back for shelter.

The schooner Ella Ellinwood had her jib torn and her deck load of lumber shifted.

Schooner Kate Gillett had her deck load of lumber shifted.

Bark W. H. Vanderbilt had her canvas damaged.

At 1 o'clock this morning the storm continued in all its fury, but no disasters were reported by tug men and others.

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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), Mon., Oct. 22, 1877