Tug boat travel turned fatal by potent storm

Penni Schewe

Storm clouds pushed in from the west that April afternoon of 1889 and by night the sky was an ominous black. On the Burlington levee, the river packets secured their mooring lines and shopkeepers hurried to spot their recently arrived merchandise less than include as the storm approached.

Captain Vincent Peel, of the log raft tow boat Everett, walked the levee and viewed the clouds. His bosses at Burlington Lumber Co. had a raft of northern pine ready at Boston Bay, near Keithsburg, and it was Peel’s occupation to see the raft arrived to feed the hungry mill.

Peel experienced just lately checked himself out of the clinic and was battling a fever, but the Everett experienced a operate to make. Shortly after 5 p.m., the captain felt the wind slide, so he gave the purchase for his steamer to cast absent from the shelter of the levee.

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