The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Fri., May 29, 1896

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Wednesday afternoon the steamer Merida, owned by D. Whitney, Jr., of this city, passed this port, bound up light for ore. When off Sanilac, ninety miles from here, the intermediate cylinder of her triple expansion engine weakened and in the parlance of the sea-faring man she "went through herself." It is the opinion that her wheel dropped off - it was found missing on examination - and that the unnatural revolution of the shaft caused such a strain on the cylinder as to bring about the break. The engine was partly wrecked, and it is estimated that repairs will detain the big boat at this port six weeks or more. Her engine was built at the Frontier Iron Works, and there the repairs will be made. The Minnesota liner Mesaba, which was passing at the time, took the Merida in tow and brought her to this port. If the tow steered all the way as it did coming down the Detroit river, the wonder is that it was ever able to reach here. The Merida took a zig-zag course all the way down the river. Three ferry steamers lay in Windsor opposite the foot of Randolph street, and these she missed by about twenty feet. Below Windsor lay a canal schooner unloading, and this too, suffered a similar narrow escape. The Merida finally fetched at anchor below the city and was towed to her dock by two small tugs late in the afternoon.

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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Fri., May 29, 1896