The wrecker HOME RULE and lighter HAMMOND released the steamer CHILI, which stranded on the head of Bois Blanc Island Tuesday, after lightering about 100 tons of her cargo. The CHILI stopped at Port Huron for repairs to her steering engine. Capt. Drake says the boat is not injured.
Buffalo Evening News
Saturday, June 4, 1904
NOTE : The CHILI was involved in three mishaps in as many days, the result, no doubt of the Captain's lack of skills See below:-
VESSEL OWNERS ARE BREAKING STRIKE.
MORE BOATS GET AWAY FROM PORT WITH THEIR OWNERS IN PERSONAL COMMAND.
CAPT. DRAKE ON BRIDGE OF "C H I L I."
Vessel owners are gradually breaking the strike of the Masters & Pilots. Of the eight boats which belong to the Tonawanda Iron & Steel Company, and which were tied up at Tonawanda since the opening of the navigation season, the last three left this morning and went up the lake early. The three were the VERONICA, the OCEANIC and the barge AMBOY. A half dozen other boats belonging to the same company, which are at other ports, will be moved out in the course of the week.
The vessels that ran the strike blockade were the propeller C. F. CURTIS and barges FASSETT and HOLLAND of the Tonawanda Iron & Steel Company, Capt. J. T. Kinney; propeller BRANSFORD , W. A. Hawgood & Co., Cleveland, Capt. N. Gonyaw; propeller CHILI, Capt. Marcus M. Drake the propeller JAMES HOYT, Capt. S. R. Chamberlain.
Capt. Drake owns an interest in the CHILI and went on the bridge in person, although he has not sailed the lakes as a master for 30 years, rather than have his vessel tied up all the season. Capt. Kinney has been keeping a saloon on Lower Main Street for years, and has not been in command of a ship for 15 years. Capt. Gonyaw sent a letter to the local harbor of the Masters & Pilots Association, saying he has a family to support.
Buffalo Evening News
Thursday, June 1, 1904
Steam screw CHILI. U. S. No. 127078. Of 2,584.33 tons gross; 1,845.27 tons net. Built at Cleveland, Ohio in 1895. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 320.5 x 42.0 x 21.8 Steel built.
Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1897