WRECKED BY A WRECK
LOSS OF PACKARD CHARGED TO SUNKEN ARMENIA
STEAMER NOT INSURED; CREW LOST NEARLY EVERYTHING
One wreck was the cause of another when the steamer Charles B. Packard ran on the sunken schooner Armenia, near Pelee passage, Lake Erie, early Sunday morning, and sank within a short time.
Capt. J. McCaffrey and the crew of the steamer were here yesterday, and after communicating with J. A. Calbick of Chicago, owner of the Packard, the captain left for Chicago last night. The crew of six men were paid off here, and they received the usual wreck benefit of $30 each from the Lake Seamen's union. The crew lost all their effects except what they were wearing. The first mate, who was off watch, came away without his shoes.
It is stated that the captain was in his cabin looking in the latest government reports for information as to how the wreck was marked, when the watchman or wheelsman ran in to say that lights had been sighted close ahead. The captain ran out, but it was too late to avoid striking the wreck.
Captain's Hard Luck
News of the sinking of the steamer reached Detroit late Sunday night. The delay was caused by the fact that schooner Harold, which was towing behind the Packard, sailed up as far as Bar point and then sent word of the accident. The Harold was towed here yesterday by the tug Brockway.
There is no insurance on the Packard, which was loaded with hard coal. The cargo is valued at about $6,000 or $7,000.
Capt. McCaffrey seems to be pursued by the spirit of misfortune, as he was in command of the steamer Joseph Hurd, which became waterlogged off Chicago about five weeks ago. It is said that the Packard was formerly the Elfinmere, which was 190 feet long and built at West Bay City in 1887.