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Lightship and Crew of Six Probably Lost
Watertown Times (Watertown, NY), 11 Nov 1913, p. 1

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Lightship and Crew of Six Probably Lost
Believed the Boat Foundered During Storm -- Wreckage Floats into Harbor.

Buffalo, N.Y., Nov. 11--Lightship No. 82, carrying a crew of six persons, and stationed in Lake Erie off Point Abino, 15 miles west of this city is reported lost by incoming vessel men, and is believed to have foundered during the recent storm.

Wreckage of the lightship floated into Buffalo harbor this morning and was picked up on the beach at the foot of Michigan street. The flotsam consisted of a boat railing, two or three doors, apparently off a boat, and several life preservers, marked "United States, L. V. 82."

The ship carried a crew of six men: Hugh M. William, captain, Manistee, Mich.; Cornelius Leahy, assistant engineer, Elyria, O.; Andrew Leahy, mate, Elyria, O.; William Jensen, seaman, Muskegon, Mich.; Peter Mackey, cook, Buffalo; Chas. Butler, engineer, residence not known.

"The lightship was gone when we passed her anchorage this morning at 5:20 o'clock," said Capt. F. A. Dupufe [Dupue?], master of the ore carrier Champlain, after docking his steamer this morning.

"There was no sign of the light vessel and we decided that the boat either had gone to the bottom or had run down to this city. The fact that the lightship is not in port strengthens our fear early this morning that she was driven from her anchorage in the gale and went to the bottom.

The Champlain is one of four freighters which passed Point Abino early this morning. Residents of Point Abino, six miles from the lightship station, reported the ship not in sight.

Roscoe House, lighthouse inspector, left aboard the light house tender, Crocus for the light vessel's station, as soon as its disappearance was reported to him. The vessel was a new steel craft, 150 feet long with a 30-foot beam.

Washington, No. 11.--The revenue cutter Morrill at Detroit has been ordered into Lake Erie to search for ship No. 82 missing from her station off Point Abino.

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11 Nov 1913
Personal Name(s):
William, Hugh M. ; Leahy, Cornelius ; Leahy, Andrew ; Jensen, William ; Mackey, Peter ; Butler, Charles ; Dupue, F. A. ; House, Roscoe
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.8126929692207 Longitude: -79.1059200053711
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Lightship and Crew of Six Probably Lost