Bayfield County Press, October 15, 1898
A small schooner, bound for Duluth from down the lakes, ran ashore on the south end of Madeline Island, near Soldier’s Rock, Sunday night at nine o’clock. She is light and lies in about 4 feet of water. The captain thought he was at the entrance of the Duluth harbor and mistook the light on Chequamegon Point for the one on the end of the pier at Duluth. He claims that his compass led him astray. Later — she was released Thursday morning.
Easy mistake to make… only about seventy miles off.
For some odd reason I hear Stan Rogers singing when I read this one: “The skipper, he’d been drinking and the mate, he felt no pain.”