FEARFUL EXPERIENCE OF THE CONWAY
As announced, the schooner L. J. Conway left Chicago on Wednesday morning loaded with corn for Muskegon, and was caught out in the desperate cold weather and northwest gale which set in that night. There was a rumor the next day that she had got into Kenosha safely, but this, unfortunately, proved to be untrue. Not making her appearance at Muskegon, and telegraphic inquiries to various ports failing to bring news of her whereabouts, it was about concluded yesterday that she had been lost with all hands. It was argued that, if outside, with such a gale and such frigid weather, she could not have survived; that, weighted down with ice and running gear and sails frozen and the crew helpless, she had foundered and all had perished. The owner arrived in Chicago yesterday morning and made frequent visits to the tug offices to learn if there were any tidings. The shipper of the cargo was also making anxious inquiries. In a conversation at noon the owner said he had about given up all hopes, and that he deeply deplored the sailing of the vessel. Capt. Hanson was in command, had a crew of five men, and he (the owner) feared they had all been frozen to death or drowned. The general conclusion was that another horror had occurred. What was the glad surprise of all concerned that the South Chicago tug Halliday had arrived in Chicago just before dark with the Conway in tow. Vessel and crew were in a terrible plight, however. She had been outside on the lake during all the terrible weather since Wednesday, had been at anchor, had dragged her anchor up to the head of the lake and the crew had suffered everything but death itself. The hull of the little ship is one mass of ice. The decks are full over the bulwarks and rail, the cabin is a mass of hard blue ice and the masts are heavily coated to the crosstrees, canvas and everything being tightly and rightly frozen in. Thus completely disabled, the Conway was discovered by the Halliday and brought into the harbor. The men describe their sufferings past and present, as horrible. And not only were they freezing to death, but also starving, for they could have no fire and had no meals. Their faces ears, hands and feet are frozen, and they are in a terrible condition.
The Conway and her crew are saved, and that is about all. A few more hours and all would have been dead. The vessel lies at the piers and is a sight worth seeing. One of the leading photographers will send artists down this morning to take a picture of her. Such a picture will convey more information as to the hardships of our lake sailors than all the descriptions that can be written. - [Chicago Inter Ocean.