DIVER IDENTIFIES LOST LIGHTSHIP
Will Search Thursday for Bodies of Crew, Including Two Michigan Men.
Special to the Free Press
Buffalo, N.Y., May 13. - David Beaudry, diver from Detroit, in two descents today from the United States lake survey steamer Surveyor, made positive identification of the sunken wreck found Monday, off Point Abino, Lake Erie, as that of lightship No. 82, which was lost with her crew of six men in the storm of November 9-11, last year.
In his first trip down, Beaudry was unable to go further than the vessel's mast, which is 20 feet under water. An additional air pump was obtained, and on his second trip, he was able to inspect the entire exterior of the wrecked vessel.
The wreck lies two miles northeast of the vessel's former station, heading southwest. The boat is on her port side and is partially covered with sand. Her deckhouses are broken, though not destroyed. A gas buoy showing a white light will be placed Thursday to mark the wreck.
Search for the bodies of the ship's crew, who are believed to have met death in her hold, will begin at dawn Thursday, two tugs and the steamer Surveyor in charge of M. S. McDairmid, junior engineer of the United States lake survey, assisting in the work.
Roscoe House, inspector of the tenth lighthouse district, will at once advertise for bids to raise the vessel.
Two of the six men lost with the wrecked lightship No. 82 were from Michigan. Captain Hugh M. Williams was from Manistee and William Jensen, seaman, from Muskegon. The other four were: Charles Butler, engineer, Buffalo; Cornelius Leahy, assistant engineer, and Andrew Leahy, mate, Elyria, Ohio, and Peter Mackey, cook, Buffalo.