DOZEN KNOWN DEAD IN GREAT LAKE STORM
Eleven Vessels Completely Wrecked And Twelve Or More Damaged
Chicago, Oct 21. - The storm which Thursday night and yesterday swept over Northern Michigan, Lake Huron and Lake Erie was one of the most severe in recent years. As far as returns are obtained 10 vessels have been completely wrecked and 12 or 15 others more or less severely damaged.
Twelve lives are known to have been lost, and as the gale on southern Lake Huron and Lake Erie is still blowing fiercely it is feared other losses, both of life and property, will be reported within the next 24 hours.
The boats lost follow:
Tug FRANK PERRY, sunk off Boot Island, in the Cheneaux group.
Steamer JOSEPH S. Fay, ran ashore near Rogers City, Mich., and broken to pieces by the waves. Mate Joseph Syze was drowned. The boat is owned by M.A. Bradley of Cleveland.
Barge D.P. RHODES in tow of the steamer J.S. FAY, driven ashore near Cheboygan, Mich.
Schooner EMMA L. NEILSON, stranded in Presque Isle harbor; boat badly damaged, but crew was saved.
Schooner MINNEDOSA, foundered two and a half miles off Harbor Beach in Lake Huron early yesterday, carried down entire crew of eight men.
Schooner MAUTENEE, ashore 18 miles west of Erie, Pa.
Schooner supposed to be either the TASMANIA or ASHLAND of Corrigan fleet, sunk two and a half miles southwest of Southeast Shoal Lightship on Lake Erie, carried crew of eight men of whom nothing is known. (later it was ascertained that the vessel must have been the TASMANIA).
Steamer SARAH E. SHELDON, beached and wrecked near Lorain, O.
Schooner KING FISHER, beaten to pieces off Cleveland.
Tug WALTER METCALF sunk near breakwater light, Cleveland.
The MINNEDOSA was coming down from Fort William, Canada, bound for some Lake Ontario port with a cargo of wheat. She was in tow of the steamer WESTMOUNT, which was also towing the barge MELROSE. The tow line broke during the storm and the MELROSE and WESTMOUNT were seperated from the MINNEDOSA. They managed to make shelter at Harbor Beach late in the afternoon and reported that they had seen the MINNEDOSA go down. She was in command of Capt. Phillips, who had his wife aboard. The boat was owned by the Montreal Transportation Company of Montreal.
Two accidents occurred at Grand Marias, Mich., where the steamer BARTH, towing the schooners NIRVANA and GALATEA, endeavored to make the harbor for shelter. Both schooners missed the entrance and drifted westward in the lake. The NIRVANA went down about a half mile off shore, and her crew of seven men were rescued by the life saving crew. The GALATEA went ashore but probably will weather the storm. Her crew of seven men were also taken off.
Buffalo Evening News
October 21, 1905
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Schooners Come to Grief
The schooner EMMA L. NIELSON came to grief around Middle Island on this same date.[ Oct. 20, 1905] The vessel had dragged her anchors during a fresh northeast gale, and stranded on the point sixteen miles northwest of the station. The surfmen were taken to the scene of the disaster in tow of a tug, which endeavored to float her, but was unsuccessful. The lifesavers threw overboard a portion of her cargo in an effort to lighten her, when she was released and taken to drydock for repairs.
Also on this date the schooner GALATEA broke away from her towing steamer during a northerly gale and stranded in the harbor of Grand Marais, one-eighth of a mile from the station. The crew of the vessel, together with their effects, were landed safely and taken into the station where they were made comfortable. The efforts of the master, assisted by the surfmen, to float his vessel proved unsuccessful and a wrecking company was notified.
Detroit Free Press [flashback]
May 12, 1907
Schooner EMMA L. NEILSEN. U. S. No. 135665. Of 90 tons gross; 85 tons net. Built Manitowoc, Wis., 1883. Home port, Port Huron, Mich. 98.2 x 20.6 x 6.2 Crew of 5.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1906