Today's question asked about an early Chicago settler, who has a "cave" named after him and owned a steamship which sank in a terrible Great Lakes' disaster. the question was: Who was he, and what was his ship?
The correct answer is Gurdon Saltonstall Hubbard ("Hubbard's Cave") and the ship was the Lady Elgin. Paul Lockwood had the correct answer and if he can send me via e-mail or through the blog his address and T-shirt size, I can send him his prize.
The Lady Elgin sank in Lake Michigan off Chicago after being rammed by an unlit schooner, the Alberta, September 8, 1860. The sinking resulted in the deaths of hundreds, and led to the requirement that sailing vessels carry running lights.
Hubbard was a fur trader, an insurance underwriter, a land speculator, and later the 7th Ward alderman. His name is also on a Chicago street and school. He is buried in Graceland Cemetery.