The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Large Freighter Found Capsized
Globe (Toronto, ON), 11 Nov 1913, p. 1

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Large Freighter Found Capsized
Floating in Lake Huron Bottom Upwards
Not yet Identified
Vessel May Have Been Abandoned During Gale of Sunday -- If She Turned Over With Crew Loss of Life Must be Large.

(Canadian Press Despatch)

Port Huron, Mich., Nov. 10.--A large steel freighter, overturned, was found floating in Lake Huron late today about eight miles northeast of Port Huron. Captain Reid of the wrecking crew which located her arrived here to-night, and said her name had not been learned when he left the scene. It is believed that she has abandoned during the terrific gale which swept the lake yesterday.

Captain Reid said a heavy sea was running when the freighter was found, and there was no distinguishing mark to identify her. There are a number of large steel boats similar in appearance to the derelict plying the lakes, and the wrecking company had not been notified that any boat which had not been located had been abandoned.

Marine men think that the boat may be an ore-carrier, which became uncontrollable in the storm and shifted her cargo.

Captain Reid returned to the scene of the discovery with a wrecking tug to-night. He did not know whether it would be possible to tow the wreck to the local harbor.

If the vessel overturned with the crew aboard it is possible that the loss of life might reach as high as thirty persons or more.

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11 Nov 1913
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.1224033086386 Longitude: -82.3617386132813
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Large Freighter Found Capsized