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West Side (Schooner), U80115, abandoned, 29 Oct 1906

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      Capt. Youngs, Wife and Three Sons Battle in Small Boat Many Hours
      Little Schooner, Bound for Delray with Pulpwood, Caught in Lake Huron
After being buffeted about by the heavy seas of Lake Huron from Saturday night until Monday morning, Capt. Youngs, his wife and three sons, of Port Huron, composing the crew of the little schooner West Side, were rescued from a small boat by the big steel steamer Frank H. Peavey, and landed at Port Huron last night.
Bound from Tobermoray (sic), Georgian Bay, to Delray* with pulpwood, the small schooner was caught in the severe gale of Saturday, and is believed by the captain and his family to have been lost about twenty-five miles off Thunder Bay Island, Lake Huron.
There was no opportunity for the schooner to find shelter, as it was on the wrong side of the lake, when considered with reference to the direction the gale was blowing.
The father and master of the boat, with his three sons, made heroic efforts to bring the schooner through the storm, but were finally defeated by the gale, and compelled to launch the yawl boat. This was a perilous undertaking in the seas which were running, but it was successfully accomplished. Then the struggle to keep afloat was renewed.
All suffered greatly from exposure, but after several hours on the Peavey, were brought around again. The quintet of mariners landed in a small boat of the Lynn reporting agency, late last night. It is stated that the ages of the sons ranged from about ten years to eighteen years.
According to the marine directories. the schooner West Side is owned by Bertha Dahlke, of Cleveland, and was built in 1870. It measures 138 feet long and 26 feet beam.
So far as known, no loss of life has resulted from the gale. The loss of the schooner Vienna, and other storm news, will be found in the marine columns.
      Detroit Free Press
      Tuesday, October 30, 1906

Detroit, Oct., 31. -- Capt. Young's wife and three sons, comprising the crew of the little schooner WESTSIDE, were landed at Port Huron late Monday night by the steamer FRANK H. PEAVEY, which picked them up in Lake Huron from an open boat. The schooner was bound from Tobermory to Detroit, with pulpwood, and was caught in the gale.
      After a hard battle the family abandoned the schooner and took to the yawl. They were buffeted by the storm for a say and a night until finally rescued. The WESTSIDE is believed to be lost in Lake Huron about twenty-five miles off Thunder Bay Island.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 31, 1906

Schooner WEST SIDE. U. S. No. 80115. Of 324 tons gross; 308 tons net. Built Oswego, N.Y., 1970. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 138.0 x 26.0 x 11.1 Crew of 6
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1906
Schooner WEST SIDE. U. S. No. 80115. Of 324 tons gross. Built 1870. Vessel stranded near Parry Sound, Georgian Bay. With 6 persons aboard. No lives lost.
      Loss of American Vessels Reported During Fiscal year, 1907

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Lives: nil
Freight: pulpwood
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.640833 Longitude: -81.768055
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West Side (Schooner), U80115, abandoned, 29 Oct 1906