The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Tues., September 18, 1906


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WRECKED BY A WRECK
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LOSS OF PACKARD CHARGED TO SUNKEN ARMENIA
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STEAMER NOT INSURED; CREW LOST NEARLY EVERYTHING
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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.


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Notes:
Shipbuilder James Davidson of West Bay City may have been amused by the irony of this accident, as he had built the 2040 gross ton ARMENIA (US#107219) in 1896, while his just-down-the-river rival Frank W. Wheeler was builder of the 1054 gt ELFINMERE/PACKARD (US#135940). The ARMENIA had struck Colchester Shoal and sunk in May of the same year in a storm, and both vessels were total losses.
Date of Original:
Tues., September 18, 1906
Local identifier:
GLN.5850
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
Dave Swayze
Copyright Statement:
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Tues., September 18, 1906