Your letter of November 20th at hand.
The "PRESQUE ISLE" left Cleveland November 5th at 9:25 A.M. bound for Midland. The weather was fine. On November 6th at 10:54 A.M. we passed Fort Gratiot passing into Lake Huron, the weather being fine, the wind southwest fresh, and the barometer going down very slow.
On November 7th passed Cove Island at 1:55. The weather was fine, with a light southerly wind, and the glass still going down. We arrived at Midland coal dock at 1:00 P.M., November 7th.
On November 8th it was warm, with a little rain, and the wind southeast light.
November 9th the wind was north light until 11:00 A.M., when it freshened up some; about 4:00 P.M. it began to snow; we being land-locked at Midland did not feel the wind.
On November 10th the wind was northeast light, with snow, and at noon the wind shifted to the west. I never saw the barometer so low – it was down to 28 ˝.
We did not know there had been a bad storm until we began to get the newspaper reports.
I have not talked with any one who was in the storm, except Captain Kennedy and Captain Lyons, and they have themselves related their experiences to you.
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This set of letters is from copies in the collection of the Saginaw River Marine
Historical Society, Bay City, Michigan and was made available by Dave Swayze.