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Steamer Hawgood High Up on Shore
Globe (Toronto, ON), 11 Nov 1913, p. 15
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Steamer Hawgood High Up on Shore
Ran There in High Water During Storm
Anxiety for Schr. Sophie
Fears Also for Safety of Crew of Steamer Stranded on Gull Rock == Several Vessels Aground, Including Passenger Steamer Huronic.

(Special Despatches to The Globe.)

Sarnia, Nov. 10.--The big steel steamer H. B. Hawgood, owned by W. A. & R. Hawgood of Cleveland, is high up on the shore a couple of miles above the mouth of the river on the Canadian side, and prospects are that it will be many weeks before she is removed to deep water, and it is likely that she may be left on the shore until next spring.

When the storm was at its height last night the surface of the water was about six feet above normal, which allowed the steamer to reach her high position on the shore. It is not thought that the boat will be in any way injured, as the bottom of the lake is sand and slopes gradually. The boat is in charge of Capt. May of Port Huron, who says that they were unable to see any lights or other aids and could not tell where they were until they came up against the shore.

Huronic Driven Aground.

Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Nov. 10--(C.P. Despatch) -- The passenger steamer Huronic of the Northern Navigation Company, was driven aground in Whitefish Bay today by the terrific gale. She is resting on sand and her condition is not thought dangerous.

Fears for Crew's Safety.

Calumet, Mich., Nov. 10.--In the face of a 50-mile gale, shifting from northeast to northwest, on Lake Superior to-night, fear is expressed for the safety of the crew, numbering 28 men, abroad a steamer stranded on Gull Rock, off Manitou Island, at the extreme end of Keweenaw Point. The life-saving crew at Eagle Harbor is trying to make a run for the wreck to-night

The life-savers, after a three hours' battle with the heavy seas, a stiff wind on shore and a snow storm, were baffled to-day, principally because they were not equipped with a power boat.

The steamer was sighted Saturday afternoon by the steamer George H. Stephenson shortly after it went on the reef. The Stephenson could see the crew aboard the craft,but could not reach the wreck and gave up the attempt after a struggle of six hours. The Stephenson then came on to Bete Gris, requiring twelve hours to make the distance of twelve milees and reported the wreck.

Ships Not Heard From.

Sarnia, Nov. 10.-- Two steamers are reported ashore at Isle Royale and Copper Harbor. The watchman at the Portake [sic: Portage] Lake U. S. ship canal reports that the steamer Simon Langell and two consorts left there Friday morning, upbound, and have not been heard from. Ten boats are in shelter at the ship canal's harbor of refuge and three more at Bete Gris. No more boats can get into the ship canal because of the heavy seas.

Low Grain Elevated at Buffalo.

Buffalo, Nov. 10.-- A drop of nearly a million and a half bushels is shown in the report of the Lake Carriers' Association for the week. One week ago 7,210,911 bushels of grain were unloaded here, but last week the total was only 5,716,519, the smallest since September. This is largely due to the fact that most of the elevators are now working night and day, and the season's total is 25,000,000 bushels ahead of last year. The vessels are getting good despatch now, but congestion is feared toward the end of this week.

Leave Keystorm Till May.

Brockville, Nov. 10.00 (Special.)--Further attempts to raise the steel steambarge Keystorm will not be made this fall. The wrecking crew have found that the spot where the Keystorm lies is one of the roughest on the river. They have secured the contract of raising the barge Cornwall, which went down last week with 20,000 bushels of grain in the Cornwall Canal, and will start that work immediately. The work on the Keystorm will be resumed next May.

Anxiety About Schooner Sophie.

Sarnia, Nov.10--(Splecial) -- Some anxiety is felt here for the safety of the sailing vessel Sophie of this port. The schooner left Caul's Inlet, north shore, on Thursday, and no word has been received from her since. The boat is loaded with 300,000 feet of white pine for Sarnia.

Six Other Vessels Aground.

Sarnia, Nov. 10.--(Special) -- The steamer Andrews of the Steinbrenner Line, is hard aground on the Corsica shoal, two miles from the mouth of the St. Clair River inLake Huron, according to reports received here to-day. The tug Sarnia City was out to the boat to-day and reported on her return that the boat is out about two feet for her entire length. It will be necessary to lighter the cargo. Word was received at the Reid office here to-night that the steamer Acadian of the Merchant's Line is hard aground on Sulphur Island, Lake Huron, near Alpena. It is not known whether the boat is damaged or not. The steamer Saxona ran hard aground last night on the east side of the St. Clair River, just below Sarnia. She was pulled off by the Reids. No damage. The barge D. O. Mills and two unknown tow barges are hard aground at Harbor Beach. It is not known what damage has been done to them.

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11 Nov 1913
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Hawgood, W. A. ; Hawgood, R. ; May, Captain
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Northern Navigation Company
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.65011 Longitude: -79.3829
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Steamer Hawgood High Up on Shore