The steamer W.F. SAUBER, ore laden, which left Ashland for Lake Erie, encountered rough waters in Lake Superior and sprung a leak. Her boiler exploded and the captain and an oiler were drowned. The rest of the crew of 19 were rescued by the steamer YALE. The boat sunk in 500 feet of water. The vessel went down 20 miles N. W. of Whitefish Point at 3:00 Monday morning.
Port Huron Daily Times
Monday, October 26, 1903
STEAMER SAUBER WRECKED NEAR SOO; TWO DROWNED.
Sault Ste. Marie, Oct. 27. -- The steamer W. F. SAUBER was wrecked off White Fish Point, 30 miles above here, early yesterday, and Captain W. E. Morris and oiler Frand Robinson were drowned.
The rest of the crew of 19 men were taken off the SAUBER by the crew of the steamer YALE. The YALE's crew worked four hours rescuing the crew of the SAUBER.
Robinson was piched between a yawl boat and the YALE and went down before help could reach him. Captain Morros was on the deck of the SAUBER after all the others had been taken off, when the steamer's boiler burst and he was thrown into tje lake.
The blow on Lake Superior in reported to be the worst in 28 years. The ship carried a load of iron ore for Lake Erie. The SAUBER was owned by D. D. Decker of Cleveland, was 291 feet keel and worth about $80,000.
Buffalo Evening News
Tuesday, October 27, 1903
As a reward for standing by the wrecked steamer W.F. SAUBER on the stormy night when she was lost some time ago. D. D. Becker of Cleveland, managing owner of the W.F. SAUBER has sent a check for $200 to Capt. Jackson Mosler of the steamer YALE.
Chicago Inter Ocean
November 7, 1903
WILLIAM F. SAUBER Built April 15, 1891 Bulk Propeller -Wood
U. S. No. 81317 2053 gt -1708 nt 291' x 41' x 19.8'
Foundered October 26. 1903. above Whitefish Bay. Lake Superior; 2 lives lost.
Frank Wheeler & Co., West Bay City Shipbuilding Master List
Institute for Great Lakes Research
Steam screw WILLIAM F. SAUBER. U. S. No. 81317. Of 2053 gross tons; 1708 tons net. Built West Bay City, Mich., 1891. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio., 291.0 x 41.0 x 19.8 Crew of 22. 950 indicated horsepower.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1902