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F. A. Meyers (Propeller), U76731, sunk, 1 Dec 1909

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      Scrambled From Sinking Vessel Just Before She Went To The Bottom Of The lake.
Port Colborne, Ont., Dec. 21.
-- The crew of the sunken steamer F. A. MEYERS, left by train yesterday at noon for their homes in Buffalo and Tonawanda, after one of the narrowest escapes and most thrilling rescues ever experienced on the Great lakes. The accident happened about 9 o'clock on Saturday night. Capt. Keller of Tonawanda, was in command and he had just retired, when just in a moment, it was discovered the boat was leaking, and filling rapidly. The MEYERS at once sounded a signal of distress and the steamer MAPLETON, traveling down the lake, in company with the MEYERS, came at once to ascertain what was wrong. By this time, so rapidly did the boat fill, it was almost to the water's edge. The MAPLETON ran close to the MEYERS, close enough for the crew to climb over the stern, and almost before the MAPLETON could draw away, the MEYERS sank from sight.
      Saved Only Their Lives.
      The men saved absolutely nothing and barely escaped with their lives. The sea was running high at the time, and in all probability, the entire crew would have been lost. If the MAPLETON had not been in the immediate vicinity. Even if they had escaped in the life boats, the boats would likely have been swamped, or even their fate would have been freezing to death.
      They were brought into this port in safety on Sunday evening by the MAPLETON. Capt. Keller and his entire crew give Capt. Stinson, of the MAPLETON, high praise, for his swift, active and ready thought.
      Buffalo Evening News
      December 21, 1909
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Capt. Adam Hartman of Tonawanda has announced that he will not attempt to raise the steamer MEYER, sunk in Lake Erie off Bar Point, until she has been located by the government.
      Buffalo Evening News
      April 19, 1910
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Capt. Louis Hartman and Capt. Edward Kelley of Tonawanda have gone to Detroit, where a contract will be made for raising the steamer FRED A. MEYERS of Tonawanda, which went down off Bar Point last December.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Tuesday, March 15, 1910

Steam screw F.A. MEYER.* U. S. No. 76731. Of 1,264 tons gross; 1,034 tons net. Built at Detroit, Mich., in 1888. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 256.4 x 38.5 x 15.8 and a crew of 15. Of 750 indicated horse power. Freight service.
* formerly steam screw J. EMORY OWEN.
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1906

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.055277 Longitude: -83.116388
William R. McNeil
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F. A. Meyers (Propeller), U76731, sunk, 1 Dec 1909