A First Mishap

Table of Contents

Title Page
The Ward Empire
The Birth of the Seabird
The Sam Ward
A Background on Lake Superior Shipping
The Seabird's First Service
A Change of Route
A First Mishap
Early Superior Routes
One Employee's Account
The Beginnings of Albert E. Goodrich
The Beginnings of the Goodrich Steamboat Line
Goodrich Purchases the Seabird
More Mishaps
The Beginnings of the 1868 Season
The Seabird's Departure
The Journey to Milwaukee
Heading To Chicago
Indications of Disaster
The Search
The Wait and the Suspense
The Seabird Sinks
More Waiting
The Bad News Arrives
The Statement of Captain Yates
The Statement of George Jacobson
The Statement of Edmund Hennebury
The Statement of Albert C. Chamberlain
The Origin of the Fire
A Third Survivor
The Statements of James H. Leonard
Another Fire Panic
Placing the Blame
Only One Body Recovered
Financial Blow
Letter Found
The Present Day

During the season of 1860 the Seabird, met with the first of a number of incidents. A serious accident to her engine nearly ruined it, and she received an almost entirely new engine after that.22 In the following year of 1861, "she was engaged in the Chicago and Lake Superior trade, and at one time narrowly escaped destruction by fire, while passing through the straits of Mackinac. She had caught fire on the port side, just forward of her wheel house. Capt. Blodgett was in command of her at the time, and on discovery of the flames, he stopped the engine and commenced backing her as strongly as possible, at the same time 'trimming' her down so that her guard dragged in the water. By this means, and the water thrown by her wheel, the flames were extinguished without a passenger on board knowing the peril they had been in."23


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