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Mackinaw City, April 4. - The i peller William H. Barnuui, Captain ! William Smith of Marine Citj7, cornladen, Chicago to Port Huron, sank in the straits Tuesday morning. The crew was rescued. The Barnuni íeft Chicago last Sunday noon in the van of the ; grain fleet. She had on board 55,000 ! bushels of corn, shipped by Irwin, Green & Company. for export via Port Huron. ! tíhe encouuteredrough weather in Lake Michigan, aiid found a great deal of ice when she entered the straits. Soon af ter entering the straits the Barnum began leakiner. átreimons efïorts were made to check the inflow, j but they were imavailing. The tui? i Crusader responded to the propeller's signáis of distress and took her towline. I She was taking water so rapidly that the Crusader tried to get her on the beach. but the ice, which extended in a solid mass far out frorn shore, i ed this. Then the tng started for steam pumps, but before they could be put to j work the Barnnm sank in 11 fathoms j of water, directly off Freedom, at the i westerly end of the straits, at 6 o'clock. The crew was taken off by the . sader. Captain Smith saya that he did not think the ice he was encountering in ' the straits was heavy enongh to cause j daniage to the steamer and thinks the . Barnum must have been weakened by the heavy weather on Lake Michigan. It was Captain Smith's first trip on the Barnum.


Ann Arbor Argus
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