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Ohio (Propeller), gale damage, 19 Apr 1893


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Detroit, Mich., April 25. -- Outside of capt. R. T. Evans and mate A. H. Songhas, the entire crew of the steamer OHIO, from Buffalo to Chicago, which was wrecked near Detour yesterday, was shipped at Buffalo. The steamer had a crew of fourteen men. In addition to the captain and first mate the names that can be learned are as follows:
      Second mate, Miller, Buffalo; Engineer, A. G. Frazier, canada; Second Engineer, Charles Bradley, Erie; Fireman, Dan Cahill, Buffalo; Wheelman, Peter Grant, Buffalo; Cooks, John lapham and his wife, Buffalo.
      The names of the seamen could not be learned last night. capt. Robert Evans was well liked among marine men, who regret his death very much. He was a capable man and served as a mate on the OHIO last season.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Tuesday, April 25, 1893

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      WRECK OF THE OHIO.
      With The Exception Of Captain And Mate Her Crew Was Shipped In Buffalo.
      Sault Ste. Marie, April 24. - The steamer OHIO, Buffalo to Chicago with coal, was towed into Detour today nearly a total wreck. Capt. R.T. Evans and four sailors are missing and are thought to be lost. The boat was in command of Mate A.H. Sanghas. The OHIO had been picked up in the Detour Passage by the tug RIVER QUEEN. The steamer left Buffalo last Monday and on her first trip. She passed Port Huron at 4 o'clock on Wednesday morning and was well up Lake Huron when the terrific gale of last Wednesday night struck her. Her rudder was carried away and her machinery knocked to pieces. She rolled in the trough of the sea two days while the gale continued, and drifted absolutely helpless. On Friday noon Capt. Evans manned the life boat with four sailors and set out for Cockburn Island. It is almost certain that they were unable to reach the island. The RIVER QUEEN was badly wrecked when trying to get a tow-line to the helpless craft. Capt. Evans resided in St. Joseph, Mich.
      THE CREW WAS SHIPPED HERE.
      Detroit, April 25. - Outside of Capt. R.T. Evans and Mate A.H. Sanghas the entire crew of the steamer OHIO from Buffalo to Cleveland, which was wrecked near Detour yesterday, was shipped at Buffalo. The steamer had a crew of 14 men.
      In addition to the captain and first mate the names that can be learned are as follows: Engineer A.G. Frazer, Canada; second engineer, Charles Bradley, Erie; fireman, Dan Cahill, Buffalo; wheelsman, Peter Grant, Buffalo; cooks, John Lapham and his wife, Buffalo.
      The names of the seamen could not be learned last night. Capt. Roger Evans was well liked among the marine men, who regret his death very much. He was a capable man and served as Mate on the OHIO last season.
      Capt. Evans was one of the best known seamen on the lakes. He was first mate of the OHIO last season and was such a good officer that the managers of the boat made him the master this year. It was the first trip of the boat. She left Buffalo early last week loaded with coal. Capt. Evans shipped his entire crew from this port. First Mate Senghas came from Cleveland and Second Mate Miller, Fireman Cahill and John Lapham and his wife, the cooks, were residents of this city. The rest of the crew came from other ports.
      THE OHIO'S CARGO.
      Chicago, April 24. - Capt. A. Fitch started tonight for Detour to take charge of the OHIO for Elphicke & Co. The OHIO had on board 1260 tons of coal. She was worth $50,000 and was insured for $34,000. Outside of the captain and the mate the entire crew were shipped at Buffalo.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Tuesday, April 25, 1893 p.1, c,3

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      CAPT. EVANS SAFE.
      Cheboygan, April 26. -- Captain R. T. Evans, who was supposed to have been lost off the steamer OHIO in last week's big gale, has arrived here. With him were the four men he took in the life boat when he left the steamer. They were nearly starved when found by the tug RIVER QUEEN at Seamen's Cove, on Cockburn Island. They reached the island on Friday, and wandered through that uninhabited and inhospitable region until yesterday noon. All this time they had nothing to eat. Capt. Evans say that the rudder of the OHIO broke at the height of the gale on Thursday. As she fell off into the trough of the sea the boiler was shifted, rendering her entirely helpless. The cabins were partially carried away, and the water was pouring into her hold. The steamer was finally picked up off Drummond Island and towed into Detour.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Wednesday, April 26, 1893
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     


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Reason: gale damage
Lives: 5
Freight: coal
Remarks: Repaired
Date of Original:
1893
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McN.W.17443
Language of Item:
English
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.640833 Longitude: -81.768055
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Ohio (Propeller), gale damage, 19 Apr 1893