Ralph Budd (Propeller), 15 May 1929
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Things looked bleak for the package freighter RALPH BUDD when the ship went on the rocks off Lake Superior's Keweenaw Point. The accident happened during an unusually late winter gale on May 15, 1929.
The BUDD and three other vessels were grounded in the storm which spawned a blizzard and dumped a foot of snow across Wisconsin and Northern Michigan. Sailors said the temperature dropped so fast that boats were heavily laden with ice within hours.
Two Duluth sailors were swept to their deaths, by a giant wave that rolled across the deck of the steamer WILLIAM B. DAVOCK in the same area where the BUDD was wrecked. The DAVOCK survived the storm but later became one of the two ships that disappeared without a trace during the Armistice Day storm of Nov. 1, 1940 on Lake Michigan.
The BUDD, under the command of Capt. Dougall McLeod. was bound from Duluth to Lake Erie with a cargo of general merchandise, eggs, butter and poultry when it struck Saltese Point. between Eagle River and Eagle Harbor, during the height of the storm.
The crew of 31 officers and men, some of them injured, abandoned ship. They made it safely to shore and the 381-foot long ship also survived the gale. It was salvaged by the Reid Wrecking Co. of Sarnia on July 8 and turned over to the Sin-Mac Lines Ltd. of Montreal after her former owners, Great Lakes Transit Corp., wrote the boat off as a total loss.
The BUDD was rebuilt and operated under the Canadian flag until it was scrapped in 1966. (Author James Donahue shipwreck articles ran once a week in paper.)
Port Huron Daily Tribune
September 30, 1996
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