The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Aug 30, 1900


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A DAMP STEAMER MATTRESS
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CAUSED HER HUSBAND'S DEATH, ALLEGES A LAKE TRAVELER
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Duluth, August 28. - Proceedings in admiralty to libel the steamer Brittanic, belonging to the Northern Navigation Co., of Ontario, for $20,000* were commenced in United States court yesterday by Mrs. Elizabeth S. Van Anda, of Parry Sound, Ont. In her complaint, Mrs. Van Anda charges the master of the Brittanic with not caring for her husband, Rev. Carmi A. Van Anda, while the latter was a passenger on the vessel, and as a result of such carelessness, he caught cold and died. The complain recites that in August, 1899, husband, wife and daughter took passage on the Brittanic from Parry Sound to Killarney, and that preceding embarkation Mr. Van Anda had been assigned berths and made his usual arrangements for accommodation. When arriving on board it was discovered that there was no berth for him, but the captain is alleged to have said one would be provide later. The widow claims, however, that none was provided and that her husband finally had to accept a damp, musty mattress on the floor or nothing. The only covering was a table cloth. Before reaching his destination he took a severe cold and a few days later died of pneumonia, leaving his family without resources. He was a Methodist minister and at the time of his death was 67 years old. The company is held responsible and the widow asks judgment for $20,000.


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Notes:
* Equivalent to about $440,000 2007 dollars.
Date of Original:
Aug 30, 1900
Local identifier:
GLN.30962
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
Dave Swayze
Copyright Statement:
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), Aug 30, 1900