IN A HEAVY SEA.
LITTLE HOOKER WING IS FIGHTING OFF MICHIGAN CITY
Steamer WOODS Reports Her As In Danger Of Going Ashore.
St. Joseph, Mich. November 7. -- The steamer FRANK WOODS arrived in port this evening from Michigan City in a heavy sea. Capt. Coats says that had it been worse he never could have entered the harbor. One hour out of Michigan City, the two-masted schooner, WING, loaded with produce, and heading for Michigan City, was passed. The wind turning to the southwest, the schooner again headed for St. Joseph, and when last seen was battling with a heavy sea. Capt. Coats said the schooner and crew would certainly go on the beach if not capsized in deep water. Capt, Genther, of the WING, marine men here say, has been too venturesome with his little craft. Twice he has been given up as lost during the storms of the past few months. The life saving crew believe he has turned again for the Indiana port.
Detroit Free Press
November 8, 1900
TWO MEN IN A BOAT
THEIR TERRIBLE TIME IN A HOWLING LAKE MICHIGAN STORM.
Her Name Is WING, And The WOODS Ignored Them, They Say.
St. Joseph, November 8. -- With a terrible north-west gale prevailing, accompanied with the first snow of the season, the schooner WING, under (about 14 words unreadable) of this city early this morning, Genther and Peter Larson, who composed the crew, although half frozen from being exposed during the night, deserted the vessel and were given warm quarters in a nearby farm house. The schooner was 50 feet long, was built in this city in 1896 by Genther and was operated between this port and Chicago in general farm produce and fruit for the last four years. Loss of cargo of potatoes and apples, about $600.
Capt. Genther reached here at 1 o'clock. He said he cleared St. Joseph for Chicago early Wednesday morning, and came in contact with a head-on southwest gale Wednesday noon, about fifteen miles out. Seeing he could not reach Chicago, he heeled around with St. Joseph as his destination. When a few miles from this port he signaled the steamer WOODS, which was returning from Milwaukee, for help, which he says was not honored by Capt. Coats, of the WOODS, according to marine law. After tossing in the sea for several hours in hopes of reaching St. Joseph harbor, the boat was finally carried south, where she went on shore. Ben J. Goodfellow, with ropes and tackles, has gone to the wreck in the hope of saving the cargo. Capt. Genther says he never expected to reach shore, while Larson is half crazed from exposure to cold and danger.
Detroit Free Press
November 9, 1900