Schooner Days DCCLXI (761)

'Nigger-In-Woodpile’ and 1st Propeller, 14 Sep 1946

The author returns to the early days of steam and the first propeller on the Great Lakes, telling of the Val Divia and of Captain Horatio Nelson Throop, his steam yacht Magic and his involvement in the "underground railway" assisting newly freed slaves to freedom in Canada.

Note that the Magic was destroyed by fire of unknown origin on March 28, 1892 while docked at Port Ontario. Captain Ripson of Pulaski had owned it for two years. Throop built her at a cost of about $15,000, yet she was insured for just $2,500.