The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
R. H. Becker (Scow), U56207, capsized, 7 Nov 1890

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Ahnapee, Wis., Nov. 10. - During the heavy easterly gale and blinding snow storm the scow R.H. BECKER, of Milwaukee, bound from Newport to Milwaukee, capsized two miles north of here. She sprung a leak after leaving Newport, but the men kept her free until 2 o'clock Sunday morning, when she came to anchor. The sea was very heavy and washed over her, so that she soon became waterlogged and capsized. She was sighted here at 8 o'clock Sunday morning, and a fish boat went to her assistance just in time to save the four men aboard, who were found lashed to the rigging. The steward, Watchy Bernard, of Milwaukee, had become exhausted some time before and was dead. The saved are Capt. Peter J. Bolsted and the Mate Louis P. Bolstead, of Milwaukee, Ole Christian Vittlesen and H.T. Thompson, of Sheboygan.
      Saginaw Courier-Herald
      Tuesday, November 11, 1890

NOTE. - The R.H. BECKER is still listed in the 1892 Merchant Vessel List.

Scow R.H. BECKER. U. S. No. 56207. Of 149.82 tons. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1869

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Reason: capsized
Lives: 1
Remarks: Recovered
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 44.60889 Longitude: -87.43259
William R. McNeil
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R. H. Becker (Scow), U56207, capsized, 7 Nov 1890