The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Advertiser and Tribune (Detroit, MI), 24 Jun, 1877


Description
Full Text

STRUCK BY LIGHTNING. - The schooner Eveline, bound from Chicago for Alpena, when about sixty miles out from the former port on Wednesday night, was struck by lightning. The bolt shivered the mainmast to pieces, throwing three large pieces over the vessel's sides. The large spar was split perpendicularly in two, the electric current following the grain of the wood in a circular manner until it reached the main boom jaw, which is enclosed in a band of iron fastened by a large bolt. This bolt was literally cut in two, and carried out of its place with great force. The mate, George Mayom, was severely injured, but it is believed he will recover. The left side of his body, where he received the worst injury, is blistered and the skin burned off from the shoulder to the foot, while the right leg and hands and arm are severely burned. He also suffered internal injuries and bled freely.


Media Type:
Text
Newspaper
Item Type:
Clippings
Notes:
Lightning strikes to lakes ships were fairly common, being reported four or five times a year. Though there are a fewreported instances of vessels being destroyed by a stroke, the results were usually as shown here. According to my records, only the schooner APPELONA (1822) was directly sunk, though the steamers HERO (1901) and HENDRICK HUDSON (1860) and the prop SAMOA (1909)were destroyed by fires started by lightning strikes.
Date of Original:
24 Jun, 1877
Local identifier:
GLN.4890
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
Dave Swayze
Copyright Statement:
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
Contact
Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Email
WWW address
Powered by / Alimenté par VITA Toolkit




My favourites lets you save items you like, tag them and group them into collections for your own personal use. Viewing "My favourites" will open in a new tab. Login here or start a My favourites account.










Detroit Advertiser and Tribune (Detroit, MI), 24 Jun, 1877