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The News - Frederick Maryland - December 1, 1912

Message From Lost Ship

Bottle Tells of Fate of 17 Drowned on Lake Michigan

Chicago, Dec. 14 - A bottle containing the last message from the schooner Rouse Simons, which, with her crew of seventeen, foundered in Lake Michigan a fortnight ago, was picked up on a beach near Sheboygan, Wis.

The message was written on a sheet torn from a log book and was signed by Captain Herman Schuenemann. It read:

"Everybody goodbye. I guess we are all through. The sea washed over deck load Thursday. During the night the small boat was washed overboard. Leaking bad. Engwald and Steb fell overboard Thursday. God help us."

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