The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Tue., Oct. 30, 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.

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*Now part of Detroit.
Toward the end of the age of sail on the lakes, most of the free-sailing schooners were coasting or hooking for low-value cargoes, and many became family affairs in order to save money. The old WEST SIDE (US#80115, 324 t. built by Goble, Oswego, in 1870) was a crack canaller in her heyday, but by 1906 was reduced to hauling pulpwood for a few dollars a cord. As late as 1894 she was running with a crew of seven adults, so this mixed crew of 4 men and boys plus the captain's wife probably meant she was considerably short-handed.
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Tue., Oct. 30, 1906
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Tue., Oct. 30, 1906