George Stone (Propeller), U86261, collision, 8 May 1895
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The joke around Pointe aux Barques in the spring of 1895 was about the stone that sank the schooner-barge S.H. KIMBALL in Lake Huron's Saginaw Bay. It was a dark kind of humor that wasn't well received by the owners of the 137-foot-long schooner or Captain Mulholland. master of the steamer GEORGE STONE, which had the KIMBALL in tow. It was about 4 a.m. on May 8. The coal laden barge was following faithfully along behind the STONE, both boats, slicing through the foggy north bound course across Lake Huron, when the tow line broke.
Mullholand felt a surge in the STONE's engines and knew the KIMBALL was drifting free the moment it happened. He ordered his wheelsman to turn the boat around and started back to pick up his consort. Mullholand miscalculated the KIMBALL's location in the fog, however. Before anybody saw the schooner's lights, the drilling schooner loomed up out of the darkness dead across the STONE's bow.
The collision cut the Kimball almost in half. The ill-fated boat and its heavy load of coal sank in about nine minutes in about 600 feet of water. Its location was about 38 miles from Point aux Barques.
The KIMBALL's master, Capt. William Brown, and his crew of six others escaped safely to the STONE's deck before the boat went down. Nobody was hurt. The KIMBALL was bound for Portage, on Lake Superior, and the Stone was traveling empty to pick up a cargo at Duluth,
(James Donahue's shipwreck column)
Port Huron Daily Tribune
May 5, 1997
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Michigan, United States
- William R. McNeil
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