"The aircraft had just unloaded a shipment of fish to Bowman Fisheries in Hudson and was tied into the dock with its tail to the wind. The wind lifted the plane up vertically and a post on the dock penetrated the windshield and it sat twisted onto the dock. Right adjacent to the dock was a permanently set steam powered crane used to lift boats out, boats from the train to the water or out of the water and heavy mining equipment from trains onto barges for their trip to the Red Lake and Pickle Lake goldfields.
As the aircraft stood on its nose the front float compartments filled with water. A bar was placed through the bracket on the tail that was used to swing the tail around on the ice in the winter for instance. It was strong enough to support manual lifting of the tail only but the crane was hooked to it anyway. Because the front of the floats were not snubbed to the shore in front of it, as the crane started to move the tail, the angle of the plane was such that it flopped over onto its back partially onto the dock. Apparently there was only a small boat to try and keep it away from the dock and it was not up to the task.
The next action tolled its death knell. With the plane even heavier because of the water in the floats and the crane connected to the tail bracket, which wasn't meant to take the full weight of the plane, undaunted the crew attempted to lift the plane right out of the water, pulling the tail completely off the aircraft. The combined damage from the different efforts to rescue it ended up with the aircraft being written off. So although it is true that the wind caused the initial damage, it was minimal compared to what harm the rescue effort did."