Heading To Chicago

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

After the Seabird hurriedly brought aboard passengers and freight, she steamed away from Milwaukee between 10:30 and 11:00 at night. At this time the weather had moderated and the waves subsided in the Lake. The going was much smoother, so most settled down for an overnight journey to Chicago. Sometime between 12:30 and 1:00 in the morning, the Seabird stopped at Racine. They picked up some freight but no passengers, and in less than thirty minutes were underway again.53 That was the last time the Seabird would ever land at any dock again.


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