Flood Does Damage at Sheboygan
Damage estimated at $100,000, was done when the ice went out of the Sheboygan river at noon on Friday. Half a hundred sailing vessels and steamers anchored in the river were carried down stream half a mile, dashed against each other and some were so badly damaged that they will have to be rebuilt.
The larger craft escaped with minor injury, but launches and tugs suffered.
The breaking of the ice above the Eighth street bridge tore the schooners City of Grand Haven, Rosabelle, Petrel and steamer Buckley from their moorings and all were badly damaged. The schooner Grand Haven stuck the south end of the bridge head on and its jibboom was forced through the iron work of the bridge and stopped traffic. The docks of the C. Reiss Coal company were ripped out by the collision and resulted in many thousands of dollars in damage.
The mass of ice cakes pushed by the augmented force of the freshest water dammed up behind the jam struck the schooner City of Grand Haven which was moored to the Phoenix Co. docks where it had lain during the witner [sic]. The mooring lines snapped like strings and the schooner started down river amid the ice-cakes. Soon the vessel ran crashing into the schooner Rosabelle, owned by Capt. N. P. Peterson which was moored at the same dock just below. The two swung on carrying away the the [sic] steamer Edward Buckley and finally the schooner Petrel in the order named as they lay moored to the docks.
The four vessels were swept rapidly down the river which was a torrent of bumping, grinding cakes of ice. The water rose almost to the level of the Phoenix docks as the flood water swept down. The Rosabelle's stern struck the stem of the Buckley and was stove in. The jibboom was also broken off, stanchions broken and other damage caused. Capt. Peterson estimates his loss at not less than $1,000.
The Buckley ran down the Petrel, the jibboom of which was punched through the roof of the Buckley's cabin and broken off. Fourteen or fifteen stanchions were broken and other damage caused, amounting, Capt. Theodore Nelson estimates to probably $200. The Buckley is not extensively damaged.
The City of Grand Haven was borne down river stern foremost and struck squarely against the No. 2 docks of the Reiss Coal Co. The stern of the old schooner was stove in and a part of the dock was also smashed.
The craft veered to the south and plunged into the approach at full speed, the cutwater biting into the approach about six feet, smashing the rail and planking and barring the passage of the bridge with the long jibboom and rigging that extended almost across the schooner and held it firm while the main column swept along the north channel.
The steamer Stephen M. Clement, moored below the Pennsylvania avenue bridge on the east side, is stated by Capt. Peterson to have been the cause of the trouble. The position of the steamer, with stern protruding into the channel down stream, directed the rush of ice and water toward the Phoenix docks where the four damaged vessels were moored. The schooners Libbie Nau and J. H. Stevens, on the north back above the Eighth street bridge, escaped the stampede of the ice as did the J. S. Crouse and a tug at the City Wood and Supply Co. yard docks.