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Pearl B. Campbell (Propeller), U150296, sunk, 7 Dec 1895

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      Tug PEARL B. CAMPBELL Lost In Saturday's Terrible Gale On Lake Superior.
      Captain Of The Ill-fated Boat Said He Could Weather Anything But An Earthquake.
      All The Unfortunates Except One Lived At Duluth.
      Duluth, Dec. 10. -- By the sinking of the tug PEARL B. CAMPBELL off Huron Island in Lake Superior Saturday last, seven men, all of whom but one lived in this city, were drowned. The names of the dead are:
      Capt. William McGilvey, master
      George McCort, engineer
      Capt. John Lloyd, mate
      Fred England, second engineer
      Peter McCallin, cook
      Two firemen, names unknown
      The news of the disaster came in a telegram from the captain of the tug CASTLE at L'Anse, Mich., saying that the CAMPBELL had been lost with all hands and that particulars had been sent by letter.
      The captain of the steamer, which came in from Marquette, Mich., says that on Saturday a terrible gale was blowing over the lake in the vicinity of Huron Isle and it is probable that the CAMPBELL, which was one of the best tugs on the lakes, was caught in the hurricane.
      Huron Isle is about 40 miles from Marquette. The tugs CAMPBELL and CASTLE had been at work there trying to raise two sunken vessels. The tugs parted company on last Friday, both then being in good condition.
      The captain of the CAMPBELL was then warned not to try to face the wind that was rising, but he remarked that his tug could weather anything but an earthquake. That was the last seen of the vessel and its crew.
      All the men who were lost were single and with one exception all lived in this city. Chief Engineer McCort came from Cheboygan.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Tuesday, December 10, 1895

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The tug P.B. CAMPBELL with her crew was lost about 20 miles off Huron Island, Lake Superior, Saturday night.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, December 9, 1895
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      Steam screw PEARL B. CAMPBELL. U.S. No. 150296. Of 22.22 tons gross; 11.11 tons net. Built at Saugatuck, Mich., in 1883. Home port, Duluth, Minn. 55.2 x 15.8 x 6.9
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1895

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Reason: sunk
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 46.95437 Longitude: -87.97735
William R. McNeil
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Pearl B. Campbell (Propeller), U150296, sunk, 7 Dec 1895