The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 1 June 1905


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SAND SUCKER WAS RUN DOWN
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BURROUGHS CRUSHED IN THE ST. CLAIR RIVER.
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NOW IN DEEP WATER AT GUS TRAUTZ'S DOCK.
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NERVE OF MRS. ALLEN, OF DETROIT, CAPTAIN'S WIFE.
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The steam sand sucker GEORGE T. BURROUGHS, owned by C.W. Cadwell, of the Cadwell Silex Stone Co., of Windsor, was struck at 1 o'clock Wednesday Morning, while in the St. Clair river, near Joe Bedore's, and now lies on the American side on the edge of the channel, in front of and bout thirty feet from Gus Trautz's dock. Entrance to the dock is shut off, but the channel is not closed.

The BURROUGHS was bound down with a load of gravel from Port Huron, and was struck on the port side abaft of the texas, by a steamer also bound down, with a tow. Mate Same Moore is of the opinion that the boat which did the damage was the C.F. BIELMAN, which passed Detroit at 5 o'clock Wednesday morning.

Captain's Wife Nervy.

Daniel Allen of 731 Monroe avenue, is the captain of the sand sucker, and with him were his wife and his 9-year old son, besides a crew of six men. Mrs. Allen was awakened before the crash came and exhibited splendid courage. The BURROUGHS was crushed where Mrs. Allen had been sleeping a few moments before.

We whistled for the boat following us to check down, but she paid no attention," said Mr. Moore. "She struck us on the port side and never stopped to ask a question, but kept on down. The captain of a vessel following the one which struck us, came alongside and asked us to climb aboard, saying he would take us to Detroit. Capt. Allen decided to try and beach the BURROUGHS on the Canadian side. We headed for the bank at full speed. The channel bank there is so straight up and down that when we hit we bounded back, and turned partly around. We then started for the American shore, the captain calling to the engineer to crowd her hard. We ran on the beach just above the Gus Trautz's dock. The captain's wife and the little boy were able to get to the dock over a plank which we laid from the deck to the dock. The rest of us got into a punt, Capt. Allen being the last to leave. No sooner had we left than the BURROUGHS went down at the stern, and one of her spars shot out. She was on the edge of the channel bank, and when she sank she slid off into about thirty feet of water and in front of Trautz's dock.

"Let 'Em Drown."

"The noise made by the crackling of timbers when she went down waked up people near by. I thought Capt. Allen would go down with the BURROUGHS, he stuck to her so long. We had time to get our things together."

Mr. Cadwell and Capt. Allen were both at the scene of the accident Wednesday. Mr. Cadwell last night estimated his loss at $4,000, and said he would confer with his lawyer before taking further steps.

Capt. Allen and others of the crew heard someone on the steamer which struck the Burrows say:

"Let 'em drown."

Capt. Allen made an effort to get out of the way of the vessel, but, without avail. The crew were brought to Detroit by trolley.


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Date of Original:
1 June 1905
Local identifier:
GLN.30999
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
Ray Grant
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 1 June 1905