The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Rates Fixed for December Sailing
Cleveland Leader (Cleveland, OH), 19 Nov 1913, p. 8

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Wrecked Steamer Major Abandoned to the Underwriters.

Marine Editor of the Leader

Captain E. O. Whitney, in charge of the searching party on Lake Huron, last night wired that the body of Captain Paul Gutch, master of the steamer Argus, was found at Kincardine. The body will be prepared for burial and will be sent to Cleveland this afternoon or evening. Captain Gutch lived at No. 4104 Mapledale avenue and Mrs. Gutch was notified last night. President Livingstone, of the Lake Carriers' Association, has arranged with the game warden of Michigan to have his deputies patrol the beach. Hunters will also be asked to keep a lookout for bodies along the shores. The revenue cutter Morrill which has been marking the wrecked steamer about 10 miles above Ft. Gratiot will be relieved today. A gas buoy has been secured and will be placed at the wreck.

The steamer William Nottingham which went on the rocks between Sand and Parisian Islands, Lake Superior, early last week, was released at 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon by the wrecker Favorite. The Favorite and a lighter left the Soo for the stranded boat at 8 o'clock Monday night. The Nottingham is reported to be pretty badly damaged and her cargo of grain is a total loss. The steamer will be taken to the Soo, and after temporary repairs are made, she will go to Toledo where she will be placed in dry dock.

The steamer F. G. Hartwell which was ashore near Iroquois Point, is not in shape to deliver her cargo of ore at a Lake Erie port and she will be unloaded at the Soo. It has not been decided where the Hartwell will be sent for repairs.

The owners of the steamer Major yesterday abandoned her to the underwriters as a constructive total loss, after a report was received from Captain C. E. Benham, who was sent to the Soo to examine her. The Major was badly damaged in the storm on Lake Superior and was abandoned by her crew.

The members of the crew were taken off the Major by the steamer A. M. Byers and landed at the Soo.

Later the Major was picked up by the steamer G. G. Barnum, of the Tomlinson fleet, and towed to Whitefish. Mr. Tomlinson notified the owners of the Major that he would libel the steamer for $10,000 on a salvage claim. The Major was owned by Captain John Mitchell, of this city, and others. She was insured for $25,000, and in case she is a total loss the owners will get $18,750.

The steamer J. T. Hutchinson, which was ashore near Iroquois Point, will leave the Soo for Cleveland today under her own steam. She will deliver her ore cargo at this port and then go to Lorain, where she will be docked for repairs.

J. S. Ashley, manager of the Hanna fleet, has made arrangements with the Great Lakes Towing Company to send a diver down and verify that the vessel that turned turtle above Ft. Gratiot is the steamer Charles S. Price. The diver will make an examination of the wrecked boat as soon as possible, and Captain Alex Cunning, wrecking master from the Great Lakes Towing Company, will have charge of the work.

William Reid, of the Reid Wrecking Company of Sarnia who was in the city yesterday, is quite positive that the boat that was lost above Ft. Gratiot was not the Price. Mr. Reid examined the wreck while it was afloat, and he is satisfied that she was of Welland Canal size. The plates, Mr. Reid said, were too small for a boat the size of the Price. If Mr. Reid is right the wrecked boat was either the Wexford or Regina, both Canadian steamers of Welland Canal size.

Captain W. W. Smith, of the Pittsburg Steamship Company, left Monday for Point aux Barques, and with good weather an effort will be made to float the steamer Matoa, which is ashore at that point. The Matoa is loaded with coal.

Captain J. A. Ferguson, master of the steamer Coralia, yesterday left for Goderich to assist the searchers that are working on Lake Huron.


No action has been taken by the advisory committee of the great Lakes Protective Association regarding insurance extensions after November 30, when the regular hull insurance expires.


By Special Dispatch to the Leader

SAULT STE. MARIE, November 18.-- After nearly a week's work on the steamer Nottingham, she was released today and brought to the Soo tonight. The work was done by the Favorite and the lighter Reliance, which left here yesterday to assist a big clam shell lighter, which had been working on the steamer since Tuesday last.

Her entire cargo of wheat and barley was dumped overboard and three big pumps placed aboard. She is leaking badly in numbers one and two cargo holds, and her shoe and rudder are badly bent. The wrecking operations have been in charge of George Linn, of Cleveland, of the Great Lakes Steamship Company.

Mr. Linn tonight said: "I cannot speak in anything but the highest praise for the valuable assistance given us by the revenue cutter Tuscarora, Lieutenant Shea, her commander, stood by us form Monday, November 10, until tonight. TWice at great risk he took our crew off the steamer when we feared she was doomed."

Divers this afternoon dislodged a big rock which had been brought down by the steamer Hutchinson imbedded in her bottom. The rock had been driven through when the steamer struck the boulders above Point Iroquois. The leaks were started worse than ever, her pumps having great difficulty in keeping her clear. The Hutchinson is lying at the canal pier, where repairs are being made.

The steamer R. P. Ranney, up-bound this morning, arrived at the Soo with one bucket broken off her wheel. She received orders to proceed with two buckets. Tonight the following disabled steamers are lying at the piers here: Hartwell, Hutchinson, Major, Nottingham and Pontiac.


The Ann Arbor carferry steamer No. 4 is ashore at Green Island, Lake Michigan. Tugs and sister ships have gone to her assistance. The dispatches did not state what shape the stranded boat was in.



Owing to damage, the Limekiln Crossing south lightship, with bell, has been taken in for repairs, and will not be in commission again this season. Gas buoy marks her station.



The tug Kenosha, of the Great Lakes Towing Company, rolled over at the Lake street bridge, Chicago, yesterday, and drowned one man.



The Aetna Insurance Company had the freight list on the steamer H. M. Hanna which was wrecked on Lake Huron last week. Captain W. C. Richardson, manager of the Hanna, yesterday received a check for $2,736.18 for the same. The Hanna had 9,220 tons of coal.


The barge Athens, which was aground in Livingstone Channel, was released yesterday after lightering. Down-bound boats had to use the Lime Kiln Crossing Channel Monday night.

Callahan, George V.
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19 Nov 1913
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Gutch, Paul ; Whitney, E. O. ; Benham, C. E. ; Mitchell, John ; Ashley, J. S. ; Cunning, Alex ; Reid, William ; Smith, W. W. ; Ferguson, J. A. ; Linn, George ; Richardson, W. C.
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Lake Carriers' Association ; Great Lakes Towing Company ; Reid Wrecking Company ; Pittsburg Steamship Company ; Great Lakes Steamship Company
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Rates Fixed for December Sailing