SANTIAGO IS LOST; HER CREW ESCAPES
Ore-laden Wooden Barge Founders in Saginaw Bay
Crossing Saginaw bay, downbound, Monday night in tow of the steamer John F. Morrow, formerly the Edward N. Breitung, the wooden barge Santiago, weakened under the pounding of the heavy sea and foundered about 20 miles north of Point aux Barques. Her entire crew escaped safely and was taken aboard the Morrow.
The Santiago was loaded with ore and it is supposed some of her seams opened under the strain of buffeting the waves. The barge was built at the shipyard of Capt. James Davidson in West Bay City in 1899 and was a vessel of 2,525 net tons, 324 feet long, 45.5 feet beam and 21.5 feet deep. She was operated by J. J. Boland, Buffalo.
Detroit Free Press
September 11, 1918
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RESCUE OF BARGE’S CREW SHOWS HERO
Master of J. F. Morrow is Credited With Daring Stunt
Harbor Beach, Mich., Sept. 11. – Members of the crew of the wooden barge Santiago, which, ore-laden, foundered Monday night about 15 miles above Point aux Barques, owe their lives to the heroism and determined efforts of Capt. T. D. Sullivan, of Bay City, master of the steamer John F. Morrow and to aid given by the steamer City of Alpena II, of the Detroit and Cleveland Navigation fleet.
The barge foundered shortly before midnight. An unusually heavy sea was running, when signals from the Morrow were heard aboard the City of Alpena II. The passenger steamer’s searchlight finally was centered on the Morrow and the barge which she had been towing and which was low in the water and apparently had her anchors out.
Under the illumination of the searchlight the Morrow was seen maneuvering about the barge until finally she worked up close astern. Those aboard the City of Alpena II supposed the steamer was attempting to get a line to her consort and the searchlight was kept turned on the two vessels. Three or four times the great waves carried the barge away from the steamer. Each time the Morrow was skillfully maneuvered, avoiding the battering menace of the derelict until she was finally astern of the sinking vessel. Finally, her purpose apparently having been accomplished, the Morrow drew away from the barge and the City of Alpena II resumed her trip.
"In rescuing the crew from the Santiago, as he must have been doing while our searchlight was on the vessels, the captain of the Morrow performed an act of unusual heroism and great bravery. He certainly is entitled to a hero’s medal, if any man ever was," says one of the officers of the City of Alpena II.
Wreckage from the Santiago started coming ashore at Port Austin Tuesday noon. Captain McVicar, in charge of the United States coastguard station, went out with his crew, but was unable to find any bodies or wreckage that would identify the vessel from which it came. He did not learn of the loss of the Santiago until later in the day.
Detroit Free Press
September 12, 1918
Schooner SANTIAGO. U. S. No. 116893. Of 2,600 tons gross. Built 1899. On September 16, 1918, vessel foundered 14 miles off Pointe aux Barques, Mich., with 9 persons on board; no lives were lost.
Loss Reported of American Vessels
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1919
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Schooner SANTIAGO. U. S. No. 116893. Of 2,600 tons gross; 2,525 tons net. Built at West Bay City, Mich., in 1899. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 324.0 x 45.5 x 21.5 Crew of 12.
Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1916