Free Mason (1854)
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"About three o'clock yesterday afternoon the ice swept the small schooner Free Mason from her moorings below Walker's Point Bridge, and at the same time knocked a hole in her hull, causing her to fill with water and capsize, in which condition she drifted toward the lake. The tug Davidson started after the vessel and made fast to her just as she reached the Straight Cut; but the current at this point swept out into the lake at the rate of eight or nine miles an hour, rendering futile every effort of the powerful tug to get the wreck back into the river, and both were carried into the lake. While passing out of the harbor the vessel had her stern completely stove in, and lost her mainmast, a portion of her rigging, and both anchors. Her small boats were both swept out into the lake, but were secured by the tug. The vessel was towed around and made fast to the southside of the South Pier, where she lies at the present a total wreck." --MS Tuesday 4/30/1866
 
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