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Cleveland Ship Burns on Beach
Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH), 9 Nov 1913, p. 3B

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Cleveland Ship Burns on Beach
Louisiana, Afire, is Driven and Breaks in Two on Shore of Lake Michigan
Gale and Fire Damage Two Coal Docks at Head of Lake Superior

The steamer Louisiana, owned by J. R. Davock & Co., of this city, is a total loss at Port Washington, Wis., twenty-five miles north of Milwaukee. The ship is reported to have broken in two and to have burned to the water's edge. The crew was saved. The loss is estimated at $20,000 and is largely covered by insurance.

According to dispatches from Capt. Fred McDonald, master of the ship by J. R. Davock, the Louisiana caught fire while off Port Washington early yesterday morning. The ship was driven toward the harbor and was beached to save those aboard. After being put ashore the ship is reported to have broken in two.

At the time of the accident the wind was blowing about forty-five miles an hour from the northwest. The vessel, which was light, was on her way from Milwaukee to Alpena for a cargo of limestone. The crew got ashore after considerable difficulty and was waiting at Port Washington last night.

The Louisiana was built in 1887, was 300 feet long, 30 feet wide and 21 feet deep. She was of wooden construction. After being rehauled last spring she was put in commission by her latest owners. She carried fire insurance and limited hull insurance for $15,000. She was valued at $20,000.

The storm damage was not confined to Lake Michigan. During the gale, which blew sixty miles from the northwest over Lake Superior Friday night, fire broke out on the Reiss Coal Co.'s dock No. 3 at Superior, destroying the engine and boiler house. At the same time three unloading rigs on the Boston coal dock blew down. The Reiss dock will be out of commission for week and the Boston dock will have only three rigs to work with the rest of the season.

The storm died down at Duluth late in the night, but continued over the lake east of there yesterday. At Houghton boats were reported in shelter, and the wind was sixty-eight miles an hour during the day. It was accompanied by a severe snowstorm. No work was done at Marquette because of the storm.

Docks at Escanaba on Lake Michigan also were unable to work all day yesterday because of the high wind and snow.

At Detroit the wind blew forty miles an hour and the steamer M. C. Elphicke was left on the bottom in Detroit river. She was in no danger and waited last night for the wind to shift and the water to come up.

The storm did not affect Lake Erie yesterday.

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Date of Publication:
9 Nov 1913
Personal Name(s):
McDonald, Fred ; Davock, J. R.
Corporate Name(s):
Davock, J. R. & Co.
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.3822297500565 Longitude: -87.8619070898437
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Cleveland Ship Burns on Beach