Minerva (Schooner), U16628, overboard, 1 Jun 1916
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Capt. Leonard of the schooner MINERVA, which is here with lumber, and will in a day or two leave for Tampa, Fla., and will take the boat as far as Montreal. The MINERVA is the last of the sailing ships on the Great Lakes hailing from Chicago. She came down here under her own canvass, and has always operated under sail.
Capt. Leonard yesterday left $37 with Collector of Customs George Bleistein to be turned over to the heirs of Peter Hansen, the deckhand who was washed overboard on the way down Lake Michigan. The money was due Hansen for wages.
"Hansen was showing a torch to a big steamer that was pretty close to us in a fog when he was swept into the lake." said Capt. Leonard. "A high sea was running, and we were making pretty bad weather of it. Suddenly, the mate, who was on watch, heard a cry from the water: "Throw a line to me: I am overboard."
"The mate quickly got a line and tossed it over, and a life preserver a second later. The mate then called me, and I had a boat lowered and manned by two sailors. They rowed around for a long time but could find no trace of Hansen. The boat was pounding, and rolling, and he must have been sucked under and hit on the head as the hull came down."
Capt. Leonard is one of the veteran ----?--- skippers of the lakes, having been a master since 1878.
Buffalo Daily Courier
June 16, 1916
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Michigan, United States
- William R. McNeil
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