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Anthony Beffel (Scow), ?, sunk, 1 Jul 1883

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Last Thursday night the scow ANTHONY BEFFEL, laden with gravel, was caught in the fresh breeze and sea a short distance north of Grosse Point. She was loaded too deep and took in water through her decks as well as through her bottom. She had no small boat with her, and when it became evident that she must founder Captain Beffel and his crew saw death staring them in the face, and it was very close range. They did all in their power to pump her out, but to no avail, and slowly but surely she was going down. Another inch deeper and it would be all over, for then the craft would lose buoyancy and [with her dead weight cargo] she would go to the bottom like so much shot. The poor crew were worn out and had well nigh given up all hope when the tug FLOSSIE THIELCKE happened along. They had great difficulty attracting her attention, but finally succeeded in doing so, and were taken on board safe and sound. The tug then took the BEFFEL in tow, and ran wide open for the harbor, but had gone only a short distance when the vessel lost buoyancy and went to the bottom, only the ends of her spars remaining above the surface. The THIELCKE landed the crew at the Life Saving Station at 1:30 o'clock yesterday morning, and they remained there through the day yesterday and last night. This morning they will visit the wreck, strip off the sails as best they can, and abandon her. The BEFFEL was a small craft, and was new this season. Captain Beffel, was the owner of the craft. No insurance.
      The sunken vessel lies off the Marine Hospital, about three miles out in the lake.
      J.W. Hall Great lakes Marine Scrapbook, July 1883

The Life-saving crew went out Saturday and aided in stripping the sunken ANTHONY BEFFEL of her canvas. The little vessel is abandoned to her fate, a total loss.
      J.W. Hall Great lakes Marine Scrapbook, July 1883

Portions of the sunker schooner ANTHONY BEFFEL were adrift on the lake off Chicago yesterday. The Government tug HUMPHREYS, towed a large section of deck into the basin.
      J.W. Hall Great lakes Marine Scrapbook, September, 1883


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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: gravel
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 42.07892 Longitude: -87.72256
William R. McNeil
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Anthony Beffel (Scow), ?, sunk, 1 Jul 1883