Yesterday's Gale On The Upper Lakes One Of The Worst Storm In Years.
EIGHTEEN SHIPS STRANDED.
Five Steamers Aground Near Detroit And a Barge Gone To Pieces Near The "Soo".
Fears For The Schooner CONDOR -- Excursion Steamer's Plight.
Chicago, Sept. 30. - Yesterday's storm on the lakes was one of the most violent and destructive of recent years. No less that 18 vessels have been reported stranded at various points, while reports continue to be received of others flying signals of distress.
At Milwaukee the schooner CONDOR is long overdue, and grave fears are felt for her safety. Thirteen persons narrowly escaped drowning when the steam barge KERSHAW went on the reef at Chocolay Beach, breaking completely in two.
Five steamers are grounded near Detroit, and the barge R.J. Henry went to pieces on the rocks near Sault Ste. Marie. Several vessels lost deck cargoes and also were stripped of all canvas, steering gear, etc.
The excursion steamer PURITAN, with 40 passengers, has returned to this city, having been unable to land at St. Joseph on account of the heavy sea which was running. Three attempts were made to land, but each time the boat was caught in the trough of the sea and whirled about as though it were an egg shell.
The captain said he has never seen such rough weather on the lake before. The passengers were thoroughly frightened but no one was in any way injured.
Buffalo Evening News
Monday, September 30, 1895
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The steamer KERSHAW and her two consorts, the MOONLIGHT and the KENT, were driven ashore near the mouth of the Choclay River near Marquette early Sunday morning. The KERSHAW struck the reef and broke in two but the crew were rescued. The consorts' crews walked ashore.
Port Huron Daily Times
Monday, september 30, 1895
Marquette, Mich. -- Twp fishing tugs homeward bound found a yawl, hatchway and tool chest floating in the lake about 30 miles north of this city. No name was found on any of the articles. It may be part of the KENT wreck or portions of a new wreck.
September 21, 1897
The schooners KENT and MOONLIGHT are to be towed to Cleveland from Marquette for repairs. J.C. Gilchrist's intention to purchase them is reiterated.
May 26, 1896
Schooner HENRY A. KENT. U. S. No. 95223. Of 771.85 tons gross; 733.25 tons net. Built at Detroit, Mich., in 1873. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 194.7 x 35.8 x 14.3
Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1895
NOTE:-- The HENRY A. KENT is still listed in 1897.