At 4 AM, J.M. Longyear woke the men with a call of “Time!” and they stepped out of their tent to a foggy early morning. The Abbie rushed to the place between Washington Harbor and Grace Harbor where it was to meet the Taylor at 5 AM. There they enjoyed coffee and waited for hours for the Taylor to appear. Tiring of waiting for the belated rendezvous, the Abbie’s men went ashore to cook breakfast from the remainder of their food. Mox declared that the bread was “not so very moldy!” and the men decided it was surely time to go home, as their supplies were truly depleted.
The Taylor finally arrived at 9 AM, four hours after the 5 AM scheduled time. The Abbie was hooked to the steamer to be towed across the lake. The luggage and most of the crew loaded on the Taylor, Mox stayed on the Abbie to make sure nothing went wrong with their boat. The steamer pulled the Abbie forty-five miles across Superior, with Mox calmly seated on the smaller boat, as spray rained down around him.
When they reached Hancock, the Abbie was pulled loose of the Taylor. Mox, an experienced ocean-going seaman, described riding aboard the towed Abbie as the wildest boat ride of his life. The Abbie cruised below the draw bridge to Houghton, where Howard Longyear went to the post and telegraph offices and to buy supplies for the rest of the trip.