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Crew Escapes From the Northern Queen
Globe (Toronto, ON), 12 Nov 1913, p. 1-2

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Buffalo Vessel Goes Ashore on Kettle Point
No Positive Identification Has Yet Been Made
Story That She is the Regina of Toronto is Told in Port Huron -- The Superintendent of the Line Discredits the Report.

Special Despatch to The Globe

Port Huron, Nov. 11. -- It was definitely established late to-night that no lives were lost in the wreck of the steamer Northern Queen, off Kettle Point, on the Canadian shore of Lake Huron.

Nineteen of the twenty-two members of the ship's crew reached shore safely late to-day. The captain and his two mates remained on board the vessel, in the belief that she is in no danger of breaking up.

The Earlier Story.

Sarnia, Nov. 11.-- A late report this evening brought in by a Conductor of a freight train from Forest is to the effect that a boat wrecked on Kettle Point, out on Lake Huron, is known to be the steamer Northern Queen of the Mutual Transit Company, Buffalo. The waves are increasing under the effect of the 25-mile [sic] gale from the northwest and are breaking over the entire length of the steamer. A report that several bodies had been washed ashore is not confirmed.

A mile beyond the Northern Queen is another freighter, partly turned over on her side. The members of the crew can be distinguished on several parts of the boat. There is no possible means of absolutely identifying the boat or the line that she belongs to. Sturdy fishermen made several valiant attempts to launch their boats to-day to go to the rescue, but were driven back on the shore by the tremendous waves which are breaking on the rocks.

Port Huron Says Regina; Officials Say Not

Port Huron, Mich., Nov. 12. -- According to The Port Huron Times-Herald, the capsized steamer, the identity of which has been hidden by the waters of Lake Huron since she was discovered late Monday afternoon, is the Regina of Toronto. The vessel is owned by the Canadian Interlake Line, Limited, of Toronto. She is 249 feet in length and 43 feet beam.

Ten bodies have been washed ashore on the Canadian side of the lake above Sarnia. Of these two were identified to-night as having been members of the Regina's crew. They are Wilson F. McInnes, about twenty-two years of age, of Owen Sound, Ont., and David Lawson of New Brunswick.

Two of the bodies were in a life-boat marked "Regina," and two oars washed ashore also bore the steamer's name.

Supt. Cowan's Statement.

Mr. H. W. Cowan, Superintendent of the Merchants' Mutual Line, which owns the Interlake Transportation [p. 2] Company, told The Globe last night he was positive that the ship which capsized was not the Regina of Toronto, as stated in the despatch from Port Huron. He said the Regina, which is owned by the Merchants' Mutual Line, was painted last April in the Detroit dockyards, red being used below the water line. The rumor that the ship was the Regina was started when a prominent official of the above company, who thought the ship was the Regina, reached Port Huron yesterday.

A despatch from Sarnia early last night stated that Manager Duggan of the Toronto company named had gone out with a Reid wrecking tug to the scene of the wreck and had expressed the opinion that the boat was not the Regina. The despatch added:

Overturned Ship Not Identified.

The tug Sarnia City of the Reid Wrecking Company returned to Port at dawn this morning from her lonely vigil on Lake Huron where she was sent to warn ships off the large freighter which turned turtle near the lower end of the lake sometime on Sunday night.

Capt. Reid is of the opinion that the boat is one of the Canadian fleet and of canal size not being, in his estimation, over 300 feet. In his opinion the boat is loaded with a full cargo of flax, which is responsible for the buoyancy. At the present time the boat's front end is just awash of the eighteen foot mark, which is two feet lower than when first found.

A Schooner Wrecked.

Sarnia, Nov. 11.--The three masted schooner Sephie of Sarnia was reported to-day to be in a water-logged condition at Cape Smith, east shore of Manitoulin Island, but will not be a loss. The Sephie was loaded with 300,000 feet of white pine at Cauls Inlet, and sailed from that port on November 6th for Sarnia. Rough weather drove her to shelter, and while riding at anchor she began to take water. The cargo of pine prevented her from sinking past her deck. The crew, comprising six men and the woman cook, were able to reach the shore. They are: Captain H. McKinnon, First Mate Capt. Murdock, Mrs. Fitzgerald, stewardess, and seamen Gibson, Johnson, and Waldon, all of Sarnia.

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Date of Publication:
12 Nov 1913
Personal Name(s):
McInnes, Wilson F. ; Lawson, David ; Duggan, Manager ; McKinnon, H. ; Murdock, Captain ; Fitzgerald, Mrs. ; Gibson, Mr. ; Johnson, Mr. ; Waldon, Mr.
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Mutual Transit Company ; Merchants Mutual Line ; Reid Wrecking Company
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.65011 Longitude: -79.3829
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Crew Escapes From the Northern Queen