The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
(Derrick), aground, 7 Dec 1913

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Cleveland was whipped and buffeted all day yesterday by a howling northwest gale which attained velocities of more than 40 mph, occasionally reaching a maximum of 48 miles an hour.
      Lake Erie was a smother of foam and waves. Ships, big and little, were sent scurring to shelter. Lake men had grave fears for some of the big freighters as the gale threatened to become a hurricane such as swept the lakes last month, causing heavy loss of life.
All afternoon great waves dashed against the breakwater along the lake front.
      Wind tore a derrick scow of the Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. from its anchor off E70th St. and sent it onto the beach. The 6 members of the crew had to battle for their lives in the waves but all reached shore unassisted.
Capt. Hansen, of the life-saving crew was notified of the wreck and was preparing to go to the assistance of the crew when he received a message that all had reached shore safely.
The seas pounded the scow all day and it was feared that it would go to pieces. Tugs were unable to get a line aboard and efforts to pull the scow off the beach were abandoned early.
      Cleveland Leader
      December 8, 1913 1-8

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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
William R. McNeil
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(Derrick), aground, 7 Dec 1913