TWO VESSELS FOUNDER.
Steamer DRAKE and Barge MICHIGAN Go Down Off Vermilion Point, Lake Superior.
Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Oct. 3. -- The steamers NORTHERN WAVE and SUPERIOR CITY arrived here last evening with the crews of the steamer M. M. DRAKE and her consort barge MICHIGAN, which foundered off Vermilion Point, Lake Superior, early in the day. The attention of the steamers was attracted to the sinking vessels by signals of distress, and the rescue of the crews was effected with much difficulty in the heavy seas caused by a northwest gale. The DRAKE and MICHIGAN were dound-bound from Duluth to Ohio ports with iron ore, and deeply laden.
The NORTHERN WAVE collided with the DRAKE in coming alongside to rescue the crew, but suffered no damage. She started for Duluth at 6 o'clock this morning. The crews of the lost vessels are here awaiting a chance to go on to Cleveland.
The lost vessels belonged to the fleet of James Corrigan of Cleveland. The M. M. DRAKE had a gross measurement of 1102 tons. She was built at Buffalo in 1882, carried an A 1-1/2 rating, and had an Inland Lloyds valuation of $35,000. The MICHIGAN was build at Detroit in 1874, measured 1056 tons gross, rated A 2 and valued in the Inland Lloyds register at $25,000. The ore cargoes aggregated a little over 3,000 tons and were worth between $9,000 and $10,000.
This is the second time that the underwriters are called upon to pay a total loss on the DRAKE. In the first instance, a number of years ago when she was owned by John Green of Buffalo, the steamer ran upon White Shoal, in the Straits of Mackinac, and was abandoned to the underwriters as a constructive total loss. The abandonment was accepted and the vessel released and taken to Bay City. There she was repaired and then sold to Candler Bros. of Detroit. The MICHIGAN also came near being a total loss several years ago just north of Grosse Point, this side of Chicago. She then belonged to the J. Emery Owen estate, of Detroit. The steamer J. EMERY OWEN had her as well as the E. A. NICHOLSON in tow, when all three stranded. The OWEN and MICHIGAN were released, but the NICHOLSON became a total wreck.
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October 3, 1901
MAN LOST ON THE MICHIGAN.
Cleveland, Ohio, October 3. -- Capt. J. W. Nicholson of the lost steamer M. M. DRAKE telegraphed the owners of the boat today that Harry Brown, cook on the schooner MICHIGAN, which also foundered is missing. It is feared that when the other members of the two crews were taken off the sinking boats by the steamers NORTHERN WAVE and SUPERIOR CITY that Brown was left behind. As part of both crews came ashore on each of the rescuing steamers, it was not for some time that he was missed. The M. M. DRAKE was owned by Corrigan, McKinney & Co., and was insured for $35,000 with Smith, Davis & Co.. The MICHIGAN was owned by Captain James Corrigan, and was also insured through Smith, Davis & Co., the amount being $10,000.
October 4, 1901
MICHIGAN Built August 25, 1874 Schooner - Wood
U. S. No. 90670 1029 gt - 1004 nt 213.0 x 21.3 x 16.4
Foundered on Lake Superior, October 2, 1901; 1 life lost.
Detroit/Wyandotte Master Shipbuilding list
Institute for Great Lakes research
Schooner MICHIGAN. U. S. No. 90670. Of 1,056.87 tons gross; 1,004.03 tons net. Built at Detroit, Mich., in 1874. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 213.0 x 37.0 x 16.4
Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1895