SCHOONER WESTSIDE ASHORE
The Crew Safe- The Vessel Will Probably be Got Off
Last night, between seven and eight o'clock, as the schooner Westside was entering this port in tow of the tug Morey, the tow line broke, and before the tug could get another line, the vessel drifted down the lake and on to the beach under the fort. The news spread rapidly and in a short time the shore was lined with persons ready to render assistance to the crew. A fire was started on the shore, fed by kerosene, affording a light by which the vessel could be seen. The wind, which had been blowing nearly all day from the northwest, had lashed the lake into something of a fury, and the waves were breaking over the schooner forward, rendering it anything but a comfortable place for men.
After some consultation it was thought best to take the crew from the vessel, for the sky looked threatening over the lake, so Harbor Master Fitzgeralds, with a crew launched the life boat Fannie Seymour and pulled down to the scene. The boat was manned as follows: Captains Charles Brown, G. N. Spencer, Alpheus Fitzgeralds and John Ryan, Ed. Blake and John Stafford, Harbor Master Fitzgeralds in command. Reaching the vessel in safety with the life boat the crew of the schooner, with their clothing embarked in the boat and were shortly after landed at the boat house in the East Cove.
The owners of the Westside, Daniel Lyons and George Goble, engaged the powerful tug Sumner, and an attempt was made to get to the schooner last night, but was finally abandoned till this morning, when a line was got to the schooner and at this writing the tug is at work.- A lighter was got alongside of the schooner this morning and the work of lightering the grain commenced.
The wind having changed to the southwest and moderated after the crew of the schooner landed, it was thought best to return to the schooner, which they did in the life boat about midnight, and have remained on board since. It was found when the pumps were sounded that the vessel was leaking but little, and when the lighter got alongside the pumps were able to keep her clear. The wind being off the land to-day and weather mild, it is thought that the schooner will be got off this afternoon.
The Westside is commanded by Captain W. Sweatland and is owned by Messrs. Daniel Lyons and George Goble, one half each. She is insured for $18,000; $4,500 in Detroit Fire and Marine; $4,500 in Orient Mutual of New York; and $9,000 in the Aetna . She is laden with 18,000 bushels of wheat from Chicago, consigned to Hageman & Murdock, on which there is insurance to the amount of $23,500 in the following companies: Pacific Mutual, $4,500, Orient $9,000; North Wisconsin, Milwaukee, $5,000; Mercantile Mutual $5,000.