Tragedy on Lake
Oswego Sept. 20
Six persons aboard the barge Hiawatha, including two women and a child are missing and are believed to have been drowned when the barge foundered early today during a southwest storm on Lake Ontario.
Those believed drowned are all residents of Valleyfield, Quebec, are: A. Ebert, mate, Joseph Twierce, O. Ernear, Mrs. O. Enear, four moths old child of Mr. And Mrs. O. Enear, Mrs. Monette, cook.
The barge which left Oswego at 10 o’clock last night with 900 tons of coal for Montreal sprung a leak and foundered ten mile this side of the Galloup Island and forty miles from Oswego, at 2 o’clock this morning. A heavy sea was running.
The crew took to a small boat in an effort to escape. The Hiawatha and another barge the Hilda, were being towed from Oswego by a tug to Montreal when the accident happened, but owing to the severity of the storm those on board the other boats were unable to render aid.
Captain Alvine Lalonde, who was swept overboard on a hatch cover, was picked up after several hours by the steamer McVitte, the captain of which says he saw the other members of the crew thrown into the water and drowned in the heavy sea before he could reach them.
The yawl in which the victims put off weathered the storm four hours and was swamped and overturned.
The Hiawatha was owned by the Montreal Transportation Company and was considered a strong craft.
Upon his arrival here Captain Lalonde said he made a sounding twenty minutes or half an hour before the boat foundered and found but six inches of water in the hold. A few minutes later the boat began to fill and he ordered the crew to leave the craft.